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From the East came Islam. From the West, the slave trade. In the lush, exotic kingdom of Segu, the battle for Africa's soul had begun. A sweeping novel sure to haunt the hearts and minds of all who read it. "Exotic, richly textured and detailed."--Los Angeles Times.
Posted November 10, 2003
Maryse Conde has always excelled by using real life experiences and making them seem as if it's 100% fiction. There is no denying that while living in different nations on the continent Africa she was busy doing research on her own ancestry. Conde comes from an era when people of African descent search desperately to find their ancestors. What Maryse does with this novel is weave fiction and nonfictional elements into Segu. As a student interested in French Literature and African American Studies, with a father thats from Guadeloupe I am deeply in love with Conde's rich cannon of literary work and urge everyone to read this novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2002
This has to be one of the best books I have ever read. The style that the book is written in does wonders in holding the reader glued to the pages. I particularly enjoyed Conde's way of putting fictional caracters and actual history together. In short, I recommend this book to all those who are looking for a window into another world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 19, 2001
Segu has a fantastic story line and is full of great points, views, and ideas about everything from family to the Trans Atlantic slave trade. However Maryse Conde writes the story in such a drab and unimaginative light, you are dozing off just before you get to the good parts. There were times when I began reading and lost total interest in the story altogether and starting thinking of other things to be reading. The wording of the story itself makes you want to sleep sometimes. Thinking of the same thing over again, at some points it seems almost repetative as you see the terms 'shea butter' and 'gris-gris' almost a million times as well as 'prostrate' and 'penetrate'. A thesaurus could have been very helpful to Conde while writing this piece. I would have honestly given the story one star had it not displayed such a great betrayal of family and struggles with life. I would recommend this story to those who are actually willing to fully submit to a book of this nature solely for the purpose of education (note: keep a pen and pad ready when you read this, your seriously going to need it)but, if you are looking for a leisure time novel that is fun, exciting, and interesting don't even waste your money. Instead check out the Encyclopedia, it is more exciting and insightful then this!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2008
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