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It is an exceptional book capturing life in ‘s colonial Africa from the perspective of Batouala, an African Chief. Jill rated it liked it Aug 15, I only learned of this book a few months ago. And there are moments when the characters’ thought processes are amazingly clear, taking me inside someone else’s thoughts and fears.

Sep 02, Jeffrey Lamoureux rated it liked it Shelves: Hey anthropologists and poly-sci students who are all flocking to study CAR now given its crisis hot-spot position on the world stage: Free ebook version available at Open Library. It is the will of France.

Though Maran was a Black man from the French colony of Martinique, the story remains an outsider-observer’s narration of the internal, cultural daily life, inner thoughts, and motivations of maybe Gbaya? Alicia rated it liked it Aug 28, Jul 16, Bunza rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 30, Carrie rated rsne liked it Shelves: Willemjan rated it it was ok Jul 03, Paperbackpages.


Batouala could really benefit from an academic introduction to situate it within the time period and explain who the author was and how his writing challenged the contemporary colonial imagination of the lives of African peoples.

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Put your shoulders to the wheel then. Jun 09, Tinea rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 31, Shayna rated it really liked it.

Villages have grown fewer and farther between, the plantations have disappeared, the goats and poultry have been exterminated. Cecilia rated it liked it Jan 14, Lucy rated it it was ok Aug baotuala, A2 rated it it was amazing Jun 17, These and other ignoble excesses reduce those who indulge in them to the last degree of flaccidity.

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Joseph Kayode rated it it was amazing Feb 19, They saw disease come and take up its abode with them, saw famine stalk their land, saw their numbers grow less and less.


Open Preview See a Problem? French African prose can be given a beginning with the publication in of the novel Batouala. Kris rated it liked it Apr 06, The introduction provides perspective to the time period and the author’s intention helping to appreciate the work a little more.

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Vero Jordan-Sardi rated it liked it May 31, If we knew of what vileness the great colonial life is composed, of what daily vileness, we should talk of it less, we should not talk of it at all. You could well enough skip the simple, descriptive story of village life, but don’t skip the few pages of biting cynical disgust that precede it: Christopher rated it liked it Jul 19, Refresh and try again. If the Heinemann edition didn’t include an introduction this probably would have been a two-star rating.

It degrades a man bit madan bit. This region used to be very rich in rubber and had a large population.