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Posted January 26, 2008
Full of lush, lyrical language, philosophical sayings and descriptions of village life on the island of Niodior off the coast of Senegal, the novel is fairly short but manages to cover a lot of ground. Narrated by Salie, a native of Niodior living in Paris, it covers themes of individualism vs. collective identity, gender roles, the impact of colonization, and identity. Also addressed are the role of Islam in the community of Niodior, especially on gender roles and the identity of women. This is a worthwhile journey through the two different worlds that Salie moves between as well as her own inner journey toward finding an identity of her own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.