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It is an exceptional book capturing life in ‘s colonial Africa from the perspective of Batouala, an African Chief. It’s still not a very good book. And there are amran when the characters’ thought processes are amazingly clear, taking me inside someone else’s thoughts and fears.

Lucy rated it it was ok Aug 30, You will attack the slave-drivers. The introduction provides perspective to the time period and the author’s intention helping to appreciate the work a little more.

Free ebook version available at Open Library. Jan 30, Carrie rated it liked it Shelves: Villages have grown fewer and farther between, the plantations have disappeared, the goats and poultry have been exterminated.

I read this in French for my graduate class and had to try to analyze it in terms of being the first novel of the Negritude Movement. None of the characters were consistently sympathetic, and overall it seemed so pedantic in tone. Hey anthropologists and poly-sci students who are all flocking to study CAR now given its crisis hot-spot position on the world stage: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Seven years have been enough to work complete ruin. But I can see for the time it was written it was startling in it’s open portrayal of anti-colonialism among Africans. It is the will of France. Jill rated it liked it Aug 15, A condition so abject must be a matter of prune concern to those who are charged with representing France, the men who assume responsibility for the evils from which certain parts of the Negro country are at present suffering.


Refresh and try again. No trivia or quizzes yet. Remy rated it liked it Sep 11, As for the natives, they were broken down by incessant toil, for which they were not paid, and were robbed of even the time to sow their crops. Admired both by Hemingway and early African nationalists, Batouala was the first novel by a writer of African descent to win France’s highest literary prize. Open Preview See a Problem? Willemjan rated it it was ok Jul 03, 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.

Batouala by Rene Maran – Heinemann

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?

All that aside, I liked the imagery and interesting language mix of French and African.

Fighting them will be harder than tilting at marwn. 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: I’d highly recommend reading the Edward Hayes article, “On Reciprocity: To ask other readers questions about Batoualaplease sign up.

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Despite coming out in it contains many passages of unabashedly vitriolic anti-colonial sentiment as well as some explicit scenes. Kris rated it liked it Apr 06, Jan 15, Ryan rated it liked it Shelves: In fact, according to Donal Herdeck from Georgetown University, the author of the book’s introduction, this book played a major role in initiating the half-century of protest that led to African independence and it influenced numerous African writers of the important “negritude” school.


Combine 2 12 Mar 03, It was covered with plantations of every kind and teemed with goats and poultry. Cecilia rated it liked it Jan 14, Nowadays there is a fantastic amount of gorgeous, critical, intricate fiction by African authors from across the continent, so the faults of this novel ring louder than the criticism and challenge it presented at the time.

I only learned of this book a few months ago. Jun 09, Tinea rated it liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Batouala by René Maran

Sept 36 97 Jan 01, Mara rated it it was ok Sep 08, Want to Read saving…. Paperbackpages. Alicia rated it liked it Aug 28, Return to Book Page. Lists with This Book. Mark-phillip rated it really liked it Mar 05, If we knew of what vileness the great colonial life is composed, rend what daily vileness, we should talk of it less, we should not talk of it at all. Erik rated it really liked it Apr 04, Put your shoulders to the wheel then.

In addition to being an exceptional story, the book has a cultural significance as the first great novel about Africa by a black wri Many most? Dec 22, Richard rated it it was amazing Shelves: