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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 Dreams of Glass 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 Zawieszenie niewiary 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 Healing Sex 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 Spark (Stronger, 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 Wonder Woman and Philosophy 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 Sozialismus Und Kapitalistische Gesellschaftsordnung 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 Sponsor. 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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 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 Cond has obviously put in a lot of research into the history culture and customs of S gou and the result is a very good historical novel It s a book that will make the reader a lot aware of the fact that slave trade religious fanaticism and colonialism left their scars on many local cultures and have sown the seeds of many of the post colonial conflicts that still plague the continent On the other hand it also shows this part of the world as vibrant culturally rich and in some ways very resilient I must admit that I knew very little of Mali before I read this book for the first time many years ago and that may have been the type or reader Cond was aiming for It is a great introduction to a piece of Africa that does not show up in the history curriculum of the average western highschool student Since that is not likely to change anytime soon you should probably just go out and read this bookFlull Random Comments review Riverside. Sen w wysokiej rozdzielczości 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 Dreams of Glass merchant; Naba who is k 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 Zawieszenie niewiary m aware of that shows us an African society from the inside and succeeds in Healing Sex making it believable Cond has obviously put in a lot of research into the history culture and customs of S gou and the result is a very good historical novel It s a book that will Spark (Stronger, make the reader a lot aware of the fact that slave trade religious fanaticism and colonialism left their scars on Wonder Woman and Philosophy many local cultures and have sown the seeds of Sozialismus Und Kapitalistische Gesellschaftsordnung many of the post colonial conflicts that still plague the continent On the other hand it also shows this part of the world as vibrant culturally rich and in some ways very resilient I Sponsor. Tom 1 (Sponsor, must admit that I knew very little of Mali before I read this book for the first time Dragons Bride (The Dragon and the Scholar many years ago and that Absolute Banking English may have been the type or reader Cond was aiming for It is a great introduction to a piece of Africa that does not show up in the history curriculum of the average western highschool student Since that is not likely to change anytime soon you should probably just go out and read this bookFlull Random Comments review

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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 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 as this book is lived again through labor migration Western resource extraction and a Salafist sharia imposed by outsiders on a devout Muslim people What s happening in Mali today is history repeating itself with cruel accuracy Fighting over and through the bodies of the people in this place this hot dry barely cultivable destitute and joyous place Dragon Age: Hard in Hightown months I am thinking back on this intergenerational The Isles 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 as this book is lived again through labor KING migration Western resource extraction and a Salafist sharia imposed by outsiders on a devout Muslim people What s happening in Mali today is history repeating itself with cruel accuracy Fighting over and through the bodies of the people in this place this hot dry barely cultivable destitute and joyous place


10 thoughts on “Ségou Les murailles de terre

  1. says:

    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 Eur

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    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 name in what is now Mali and follows the men of the Traore family for over half a centur

  4. says:

    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 the impact of cross tribal marriage and partnership of slavery both that perpetuated by

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    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 M

  7. says:

    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 ironic

  8. says:

    This is one of my all time favorite books Fiction excels at letting us feel history None does it better than Segu From com

  9. says:

    Bailed after three chapters once I realized these characters had all the depth and nuance of a fricking comic book

  10. says:

    This was another great book I would probably never have noticed if it hadn’t been for bookcrossing And what a lo

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