Maru (African writers series)

by Bessie Head | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0435909630 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAnnimanniwing of Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 7/2/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, July 02, 2009
From the back:

"Bessie Head, one of Africa's best-known writers, was born in South Africa but spent much of her life in Botswana. - - -

Margaret Cadmore, an orphaned Masarwa girl, goes to teach in the remote village of Dilepe in Botswana, where her own people are kept as slaves. Her presence polarises a community which does not see Masarwa people as human, and condemns her to the lonely life on an outcast."

Journal Entry 2 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, December 16, 2010
This was a pleasant surprise, a beautiful yet somehow sorrowful story of love and racial prejudice. A quick read, too, as there are only 123 pages :)

I think this review sums up many of my thoughts rather aptly:

http://reviews.rebeccareid.com/maru-by-bessie-head/

Journal Entry 3 by wingAnnimanniwing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, January 03, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (1/4/2011 UTC) at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland

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On its way to Dancesports who picked it from my All About Africa VBB. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by Dancesports at Petcheys Bay, Tasmania Australia on Thursday, January 20, 2011
Book has arrived safely in sunny Australia. Thank you for the beautifully picture of snow covered Finland, I don't think I'd try to ride a bike in all that snow!!!

Journal Entry 5 by Dancesports at Petcheys Bay, Tasmania Australia on Friday, February 04, 2011
Thank you for sending me this one annimanni, a beautiful story and I was glad to have a quick read after a few longer books.

Journal Entry 6 by Dancesports at A fellow BookCrosser, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Monday, February 07, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (2/7/2011 UTC) at A fellow BookCrosser, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases

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I decided to send this one on as a little extra belated birthday surprise, along with another a choice from the south east asian vbb.

Journal Entry 7 by wingApoloniaXwing at Bremen, Bremen Germany on Friday, February 11, 2011
Thank you so much, Dancesports, for the VBB book and the other goodies too!

Journal Entry 8 by wingApoloniaXwing at Bremen, Bremen Germany on Monday, April 18, 2011
This is a quick, but very interesting read. First I was slightly irritated by the structure - the first chapter is the outcome of the book, only then it is described how things lead there. It's mainly about prejudice, and Bessie Head has a great way of describing social ostracising, how each group looks down on another one - until the Masarwa: "There is no one they can still turn to and say, 'At least I am not a ––'. One of the main protagonists, the Masarwa woman Margaret, could have easily passed as a 'coloured' and so avoided severe discrimination, but declined to do so. Bessie Head herself is the child of a wealthy white South African woman and a black servant when such relationships were illegal in South Africa.

Journal Entry 9 by wingApoloniaXwing at A fellow BookCrosser, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (5/11/2011 UTC) at A fellow BookCrosser, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases

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Travelling along with a VBB book.

Journal Entry 10 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Friday, May 13, 2011
Thank you very much for this RABCK ApoloniaX, I will read it as part of my 666 challenge (read 6 books from 6 different country's covering 6 continents).

Journal Entry 11 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Monday, May 23, 2011
This was an interesting story, although I got slightly confused with the number of characters. I enjoyed the interaction between the two women, however the male one upmanship got a bit annoying.

It was intersting to see that a moral story about racism was so sexist, but that was obviously an issue the author didn't take offence with. The fact the main hero was hugely manipulative of all around him made him a hero to dislike. This is not a love story where the women have any say in the situation...

Journal Entry 12 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (1/31/2012 UTC) at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland

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This is on the wish list of Esme-Weatherwax, with whom I am meeting tonight. So I shall take this book to along and give it to them.

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