Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives
How the story unfolds is in chapters that reveal back story on each wife before and after she married Baba Segi. Each of these women were filled with various desires like learning to read and being educated, the affections of a young man, and even wealth. The wives are the important characters here and that's fine because a tale involving polygamy does bear more implications on the status of women. It's pleasing that the female characters are fully realized and even the two most vindictive are shown to have some humanity. Baba Segi was probably the type of characterization you'd expect of a wealthy polygamist-- demanding and unattractive. Shoneyin has written this novel with great honesty and realism and it was a joy to read. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives is a fabulous piece of literature from a fantastic writer poised to have a brilliant career.
disclosure: I received this book from the publisher.
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This is a book that will be going on my wish list for sure. It sounds like a great read. I love that you say the characters are all fully realized and it sounds like it doesn't fall back on stereotypes.
I would love to read this one. Polygamy is one or was one way of life in Africa. I don't like to pick over which parts of life to read about in Africa. I just like learning more about Africa especially in fiction.
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I loved this book! I'm so interested in reading books about contemporary Africa and this one was a fun read!
I saw the cover of this book and wanted to pick it up. I'm going to have check it out.
I'm definitely going to add this one to my TBR. I recently read another book on polygamy, and I'm pretty fascinated and disgusted by it. I wonder what makes people do it.
Sounds intriguing. I'm always interested in different cultures. Looks like you are quite prolific, Titilola.
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