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SUMMARY ↠ Ségou Les murailles de terre Mes a new religion Islam and from the West the slave trade Segu follows the life of Dousika Traore the king’s most trusted advisor and his four sons whose fates embody the forces tearing at the fabric of the nation There is Tiekoro who renounces his people’s religion and embraces Islam; Siga who defends tradition but becomes a merchant; Naba who is k. When I picked up Segu it was uite by accident This forum I contribute to the World Literature Forum has been trying to guess who would win this year s Nobel Prize since the middle of summer It is one of the conversations that year after year brings out dozens of contributors and hundreds of responses Conde s name popped up once or twice as apparently the French literary press was promoting her as a potential recipient prior to Modiano coming away with a win last year And then a few days after reading the posts and the not so glowing responses I saw Segu sitting on my library s shelf I figured to give it a go Besides I wanted to read something by a woman and Nadine Gordimer was proving to be just a bit too elusive for me at the time so why not read this oneI think I admire African literature because I can see it dealing with issues which I wish Canadian literature discussed freuently and competently Colonialism anti colonialism post colonialism These are the realities of the nation in which I was born and to which my first breaths swore allegiance Oddly enough though it seems to be predominantly White Africans that I have found myself reading Coetzee Lessing Gordimer Brink Galgut Couto I ve only read a couple other works by indigenous Africans is that even what you can them I don t know Africa is a confusing continent some by Ngugi wa Thiong o one by Buchi Emecheta I ve skimmed through some Chinua Achebe but have never felt the need to read through any of his works just yet So Segu was a rare and illuminating read for me the sort that I must make less rare in my reading habitsAnd the author isn t even African Maryse Conde comes from Guadaloupe a small Caribbean island nation Her ancestors were from West Africa though I m not sure where I found this out or if I m making this up since I can t seem to find this information again and I m willing to suspect that I m just making silly assumptions Regardless she writes about this vast period of history with incredible authority On to the bookSegu is the story of a family and the many adventures of its many men from the late 18th to early 19th century Segu is also an empire Segu is also a city the capital of the empire the seat of the Mansa It is a city known for its startling wealth And it is on an edge being an empire in the interior In the 17th century it is sueezed by the slave trade to its west and the rapid rise of Islam and its many sects to the east In the 18th century with the English led slave trade died out and the French led slave trade dying out the new threat is simple colonization The whites want into the continent and the Muslims mostly Africans who have converted want into the empire The grip tightens and the empire is pressured in new waysConde is wise in this book as she manages to make Segu sound like a beautiful romantic city which the many members of the Traore family love while also revealing that it is far from utopian This empire was made by war worked by the hands of slaves raised by women who were full members of the family but still fully subservient to their husbands and their husbands brothers She is also wise because she portrays the remarkable innocence of these people the Bambara as they are coming of age over generations I think that is actually how I would ualify this story It is a coming of age story for a familyWhat is fascinating is the ways in which this one family vast as it is can come to represent the demise of an entire culture and by extension the challenges facing an entire continent The children of Dousake a man who is cursed moments before his are the many protagonists of this novel They go across nations and continents dabble in religions from various corners carouse with people of many other cultures They try to come home and they leave for unusual uncertain remarkable reasons But Conde is also very clearly showing that this world is very different than the one that I know It looks different feels different uses space differently decorates differently and values different things than I do That is important workIt also feels remarkably contemporary revealing that though the winds of time are strong and unalterable they are also consistent in the tales that they weave The world is caught in the same moment that Segu deals with The threat of extremism presented by the expansion of Islam into northern Africa and the ever inuisitive ever incipient efforts to expand influence and power of the already influential and already powerful presented by the creeping but nonetheless powerful expansion of Europeans into the interior of Africa these are the challenges of the contemporary world as much as they were the challenges of Conde s Segu At times one wonders if this work is Islamophobic At times it might be I wasn t comfortable with that thread but she treated the few Islamic characters and the few Christian characters with the same skepticism And so while the threat of Islam that which Segu feels most pressingly one wonders if Conde would feel just as comfortable saying the same of any religious and colonial force imposing its ideas its economies its relations with the environment onto anybody else I m not sure that last line in the novel though is telling And startling despite being perhaps a bit trite and simple and obvious I think the Christian thread is going to become prominent in the seuel which was less popular and is difficult to find but which I would like to readSo why only three starsAll the threads here are marvelous Make no mistake this is an epic of impressive scale There are so many characters several lush and enjoyable storylines Events which dwindle into nothingness but are given their due time and explored until the plant dies and new seeds leak from its husk And it is a great storyUnfortunately the characters just don t uite make an impression And the writing is remarkably ordinary even long winded And unfortunately the story doesn t have a clear plot or driving force of any story I m willing to chalk this up to a couple things First I think this book is a wonderful appropriation of the European tradition of nineteenth century epics and using that form an extension of that absolute fascination with the individual and a focus on the community and change and history And dare I say this without having read any of Achebe s work but having read some of Ngugi and Emecheta it tells the important story of how Africans relate to Africans rather than how Africans relate to Europeans The Europeans here are a spectre but they certainly aren t the focus They aren t even the primary antagonist This is important work I also think that it takes a post modern approach to the epic than I have seen or recognized before The inconseuential is a part of the story that is told here the randomness of history is just as important as the conseuential nature of it Of course it lands much defiantly in the epicist s focus on narrative than we see in some of the best American postmodern fiction but it is here All stories matter even just a bit And a clear plotline is a contrived notion anyways right So don t worry about it so much right But we must Maybe that balance is something that Conde is trying to figure outOf course the story that is on the periphery here is that of the women of Segu They are given very little agency very little opportunity to explore themselves or the world around them I believe there is only one chapter which is told from the perspective of a woman I can recall thinking back on than ten days of memory two wonderful female characters One a woman who tricks a man Another a woman who tricks a man These women are only given space to grow as they relate to men their agency is only through their ability to manipulate men How fascinating these two were I wanted inside their heads But no That would destroy the whole notion of the nineteenth century epic which this book is attempting to co opt and transplate There is one chapter which is told from the perspective of a woman It is one of the most interesting One of the most vitalThis is a complicated read After its nearly 500 pages I have nothing but complicated feelings about it I suppose when dealing with the themes that Conde is not afraid to tackle even if she doesn t tackle them all really well that having complicated feelings is not such a bad thing This is art after all We should be moved to be uncomfortableA recommended read if you can find it The Last Runaway king’s most trusted advisor and his four sons whose fates embody the forces tearing at the fabric of the nation There is Tiekoro who renounces his people’s religion and embraces Islam; Siga who defends tradition but becomes a merchant; Naba who is On Tidy Endings k. When I picked up Segu it was uite by accident This forum I contribute to the World Literature Forum has been trying to guess who would win this year s Nobel Prize since the middle of summer It is one of the conversations that year after year brings out dozens of contributors and hundreds of responses Conde s name popped up once or twice as apparently the French literary press was promoting her as a potential recipient prior to Modiano coming away with a win last year And then a few days after reading the posts and the not so glowing responses I saw Segu sitting on my library s shelf I figured to give it a go Besides I wanted to read something by a woman and Nadine Gordimer was proving to be just a bit too elusive for me at the time so why not read this oneI think I admire African literature because I can see it dealing with issues which I wish Canadian literature discussed freuently and competently Colonialism anti colonialism post colonialism These are the realities of the nation in which I was born and to which my first breaths swore allegiance Oddly enough though it seems to be predominantly White Africans that I have found myself reading Coetzee Lessing Gordimer Brink Galgut Couto I ve only read a couple other works by indigenous Africans is that even what you can them I don t Flat World Navigation know Africa is a confusing continent some by Ngugi wa Thiong o one by Buchi Emecheta I ve skimmed through some Chinua Achebe but have never felt the need to read through any of his works just yet So Segu was a rare and illuminating read for me the sort that I must make less rare in my reading habitsAnd the author isn t even African Maryse Conde comes from Guadaloupe a small Caribbean island nation Her ancestors were from West Africa though I m not sure where I found this out or if I m making this up since I can t seem to find this information again and I m willing to suspect that I m just making silly assumptions Regardless she writes about this vast period of history with incredible authority On to the bookSegu is the story of a family and the many adventures of its many men from the late 18th to early 19th century Segu is also an empire Segu is also a city the capital of the empire the seat of the Mansa It is a city A House of My Own Stories from My Life known for its startling wealth And it is on an edge being an empire in the interior In the 17th century it is sueezed by the slave trade to its west and the rapid rise of Islam and its many sects to the east In the 18th century with the English led slave trade died out and the French led slave trade dying out the new threat is simple colonization The whites want into the continent and the Muslims mostly Africans who have converted want into the empire The grip tightens and the empire is pressured in new waysConde is wise in this book as she manages to make Segu sound like a beautiful romantic city which the many members of the Traore family love while also revealing that it is far from utopian This empire was made by war worked by the hands of slaves raised by women who were full members of the family but still fully subservient to their husbands and their husbands brothers She is also wise because she portrays the remarkable innocence of these people the Bambara as they are coming of age over generations I think that is actually how I would ualify this story It is a coming of age story for a familyWhat is fascinating is the ways in which this one family vast as it is can come to represent the demise of an entire culture and by extension the challenges facing an entire continent The children of Dousake a man who is cursed moments before his are the many protagonists of this novel They go across nations and continents dabble in religions from various corners carouse with people of many other cultures They try to come home and they leave for unusual uncertain remarkable reasons But Conde is also very clearly showing that this world is very different than the one that I Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, #5) know It looks different feels different uses space differently decorates differently and values different things than I do That is important workIt also feels remarkably contemporary revealing that though the winds of time are strong and unalterable they are also consistent in the tales that they weave The world is caught in the same moment that Segu deals with The threat of extremism presented by the expansion of Islam into northern Africa and the ever inuisitive ever incipient efforts to expand influence and power of the already influential and already powerful presented by the creeping but nonetheless powerful expansion of Europeans into the interior of Africa these are the challenges of the contemporary world as much as they were the challenges of Conde s Segu At times one wonders if this work is Islamophobic At times it might be I wasn t comfortable with that thread but she treated the few Islamic characters and the few Christian characters with the same skepticism And so while the threat of Islam that which Segu feels most pressingly one wonders if Conde would feel just as comfortable saying the same of any religious and colonial force imposing its ideas its economies its relations with the environment onto anybody else I m not sure that last line in the novel though is telling And startling despite being perhaps a bit trite and simple and obvious I think the Christian thread is going to become prominent in the seuel which was less popular and is difficult to find but which I would like to readSo why only three starsAll the threads here are marvelous Make no mistake this is an epic of impressive scale There are so many characters several lush and enjoyable storylines Events which dwindle into nothingness but are given their due time and explored until the plant dies and new seeds leak from its husk And it is a great storyUnfortunately the characters just don t uite make an impression And the writing is remarkably ordinary even long winded And unfortunately the story doesn t have a clear plot or driving force of any story I m willing to chalk this up to a couple things First I think this book is a wonderful appropriation of the European tradition of nineteenth century epics and using that form an extension of that absolute fascination with the individual and a focus on the community and change and history And dare I say this without having read any of Achebe s work but having read some of Ngugi and Emecheta it tells the important story of how Africans relate to Africans rather than how Africans relate to Europeans The Europeans here are a spectre but they certainly aren t the focus They aren t even the primary antagonist This is important work I also think that it takes a post modern approach to the epic than I have seen or recognized before The inconseuential is a part of the story that is told here the randomness of history is just as important as the conseuential nature of it Of course it lands much defiantly in the epicist s focus on narrative than we see in some of the best American postmodern fiction but it is here All stories matter even just a bit And a clear plotline is a contrived notion anyways right So don t worry about it so much right But we must Maybe that balance is something that Conde is trying to figure outOf course the story that is on the periphery here is that of the women of Segu They are given very little agency very little opportunity to explore themselves or the world around them I believe there is only one chapter which is told from the perspective of a woman I can recall thinking back on than ten days of memory two wonderful female characters One a woman who tricks a man Another a woman who tricks a man These women are only given space to grow as they relate to men their agency is only through their ability to manipulate men How fascinating these two were I wanted inside their heads But no That would destroy the whole notion of the nineteenth century epic which this book is attempting to co opt and transplate There is one chapter which is told from the perspective of a woman It is one of the most interesting One of the most vitalThis is a complicated read After its nearly 500 pages I have nothing but complicated feelings about it I suppose when dealing with the themes that Conde is not afraid to tackle even if she doesn t tackle them all really well that having complicated feelings is not such a bad thing This is art after all We should be moved to be uncomfortableA recommended read if you can find it

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SUMMARY ↠ Ségou Les murailles de terre The year is 1797 and the kingdom of Segu is flourishing fed by the wealth of its noblemen and the power of its warriors The people of Segu the Bambara are guided by their griots and priests; their lives are ruled by the elements But even their soothsayers can only hint at the changes to come for the battle of the soul of Africa has begun From the east co. Like the swift running river on whose banks the city of Segu sits the lives of the various men of the Traore family flow through the veins of Western Africa enslaved apostatised and awaken from both intellectual and spiritual slumbers Conde is able to depict via the Traore family the gradual yet constant dehumanisation of Africans via the wider forces of the world whether it the slave trade of the New World the colonial ambitions of Europe or the religious fervour of the Arabic world the description of Africa as a dark continent is something of a misnomer instead it becomes a blank canvas for the world to paint with its prejudices as Africans and their civilisations and cultures are daubed as barbarians and savages all in the name of greed and domination dressed up as a desire to civilise Africa Segu however doesn t shy away from depicting the prevalence of slavery within African society or of the dominance of violence and rape to subjugate women and it would be unfair to depict Segu as merely a narrow anti colonial or anti Western treatise instead it is a depiction of Western Africa during a tumultuous period when it was being pulled in a variety of directions by outside forces however the common theme in the novel is what it meant to be Black in a world in which it caused you to be constantly dehumanized whether it the prejudices experienced by Tiekoro by fellow Muslims or Babatunde by the English in London the common thread is that of subjugation of a people stripped of its names cultures traditions and religions in a world which value greed over compassion and money over lifeThe Traore are a powerful family in Segu ruled by the patriarch Dousika He has a large number of children and wives however the story mainly concentrates on the journeys of his sons his eldest Tiekoro and his brother Naba his bastard son borne of a slave Siga and his youngest Molobali Like leaves before a wind they are scattered from their home across the world to the lives and fates which await them Tiekoro converts to Islam however his supercilious air hides a deep sense of unhappiness and dissatisfaction not just with his conversion but the world around him Part of this is driven by his treatment by the Arab Muslims but it is mostly driven by his sense of entitlement and pride his spiritual ties to Islam are only superficial the adulation he receives for his sententious speeches on religion mask his emptiness In the end he dies a martyr in an act of self abnegation dressed up as sacrifice Contrast this to the initially humble and self effacing Siga who ends up as the head of the family and wallows in pride and self pity a bully whose ego swells up like his elephantine limbsNaba captured and enslaved is able to find solace in flowers and fellow slave Ayodele whereas Moloabli eventually atones for the horrific crimes he commits in somewhat coincidentally the arms of Ayodele Both however are executed due to misunderstandings their flames burnt out by a world which was against them from the start In addition to this appear a wide caste of richly developed female characters from the matriarchal Nya to the beautiful and couettish Ayisha however the common thread which runs through their lives is their complete lack of power and control reduced to concubinage their double subjugation on being both black and a woman and the expectation that they should accept whatever violence and rape they are subjected to Conde depicts the Africa in which Segu is set as somewhere which is at times both arid as the ochre dyed desert or beautiful as the green blue Atlantic ocean but a beauty which is bound by the cruelty of the slave trade which it creates or of the frenetic dizzy world of Fez or Segu Segu is a beautifully depicted and tragic story of a family over taken by the onset of modernity in an Africa which is on the cusp of losing its traditions and its history under the relentless machinery of modernisation

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SUMMARY ↠ Ségou Les murailles de terre Idnapped by slave traders; and Malobali who becomes a mercenary and halfhearted ChristianBased on actual events Segu transports the reader to a fascinating time in history capturing the earthy spirituality religious fervor and violent nature of a people and a growing nation trying to cope with jihads national rivalries racism amid the vagaries of commerc. 355As a work of historical fiction Segu is often tremendous Following one family over 70 years of history from the late 18th century to the mid 19th right at the beginning of European colonialism in inner Africa which ironically was partially driven by the official end of slavery but from the POV of a family who are intimately involved with the intra African politics of the time the power struggle between various kingdoms the spread of Islam and Christianity colonializing both minds and narratives long before the guns get there the attempts to adjust the old way of life to new situations All stuffed with endless details of what came before of history repeating of ideas evolving It s the sort of novel that should really come with a bibliography and footnotes not because I doubt her but because I want to learn I mentioned slavery right The novel keeps circling the concept not just in the sense of white Europeans sending black Africans in chains across the ocean and the emerging racism modern racism being a 19th century construct but in the slavery that was always there the subjugation of defeated tribes to victors the rise of new African kingdoms largely due to demand for slaves from white traders of women to men of wives to their husbands of children to their parents And all the various ways it s justified normalised treated as the Natural Order Of Things without the narrative calling it out In short the novel gets really uncomfortably rapey at times Cond doesn t condemn or condone just chronicles almost as if she wants to call it all a circle of submission without spelling it out for the reader the ideological virus of less than thou leading to one huge Stockholm Syndrome of n gritude That s part of what makes me hesitant to give this a higher grade the other part is simply that at 501 pages the novel sprawls uite a bit following a huge cast of characters to the point where she has to fast forward a bit too often to let the reader get to know them all and leaving us just before the shit really hits the fan It s a good novel it just doesn t grab me and yeah how dare I not be grabbed by human suffering right as often as I d like


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    SUMMARY ñ HELLOBUY.CO.ZA ↠ Maryse Condé free Ségou Les murailles de terre PDF BY Maryse Condé – Book, Kindle ePUB or TXT Online Like the swift running river on whose banks the city of Segu sits the lives of the various men of the Traore family flow through the veins of Western Africa; enslaved apostatised and awaken from both intellectual and spiritual slumbers Conde is able to depict via the Traore family the gradual yet constant dehumanisation of Africans

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    SUMMARY ñ HELLOBUY.CO.ZA ↠ Maryse Condé free Ségou Les murailles de terre PDF BY Maryse Condé – Book, Kindle ePUB or TXT Online I read this years ago before heading to live in Mali for several months I am thinking back on this intergenerational magical realist epic that paints history in broad and intimate familial strokes like Maruez's 100 Years of Solitude Segu tells the story of Mali's triple simultaneous colonizations enslavement French land grabbing and Muslim religious conuest I am thinking now about the human imposed tragedy in Mali today with heartbreak a

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    SUMMARY ñ HELLOBUY.CO.ZA ↠ Maryse Condé Maryse Condé ↠ 1 SUMMARY free Ségou Les murailles de terre PDF BY Maryse Condé – Book, Kindle ePUB or TXT Online An 80s rape festThis is my book from Mali for my world books challenge and I looked forward to reading it because you don't find much historical fiction set in pre colonial Africa Too bad it reads like it was competing with the instigators of Gamergate for some maximum misogyny prizeSegu begins in 1797 in a flourishing city state of the same

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    free Ségou Les murailles de terre PDF BY Maryse Condé – Book, Kindle ePUB or TXT Online A fabulous novel about a Bambara family living in the kingdom of Segu from 1787 prominent in it's time however the father falls out of favour with the King and his son's each go off in search of adventure outside the kingdom where they discover uite a different perception of their people and their raceIt shines a light on

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    free Ségou Les murailles de terre PDF BY Maryse Condé – Book, Kindle ePUB or TXT Online I think this was the fourth time I've read this book and I still think it is an amazing read It is one of the few novels I'm aware of that shows us an African society from the inside and succeeds in making it believable Condé has

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    free Ségou Les murailles de terre PDF BY Maryse Condé – Book, Kindle ePUB or TXT Online Maryse Condé ↠ 1 SUMMARY When I picked up Segu it was uite by accident This forum I contribute to the World Literature Forum has been trying to guess who would win this year's Nobel Prize since the middle of summer It is one of the conversations that year aft

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    free Ségou Les murailles de terre PDF BY Maryse Condé – Book, Kindle ePUB or TXT Online Maryse Condé ↠ 1 SUMMARY 355As a work of historical fiction Segu is often tremendous Following one family over 70 years of history from the late 18th century to the mid 19th right at the beginning of European colonialism in inner Africa which ironically was partially driven by the official end of slavery but from the POV of a family who are intimately invol

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    Maryse Condé ↠ 1 SUMMARY SUMMARY ñ HELLOBUY.CO.ZA ↠ Maryse Condé FREE READ Ségou Les murailles de terre This is one of my all time favorite books Fiction excels at letting us feel history None does it better than Segu From comThe year is 1797 and the kingdom of Segu is flourishing fed by the wealth of its noblemen and the power of its warriors The people of Segu the Bambara are guided by their griots and priests; their lives are ruled by the el

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    free Ségou Les murailles de terre PDF BY Maryse Condé – Book, Kindle ePUB or TXT Online Maryse Condé ↠ 1 SUMMARY FREE READ Ségou Les murailles de terre This was another great book I would probably never have noticed if it hadn’t been for bookcrossing And what a loss it would have been The book follows the history of the Bambara people from the 18th until the early 19th century Today the Bambara live mainly in present day Mali and form the largest part of its population Between the 17th and 19th century they had two powerful kingdoms one with its center in Segu and the other in Kaarta We

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