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Long Train to the Redeeming Sin based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Sudanese-American writer Kola Boof is a vibrant and, occasionally, strident voice in afro-centric literature. The Long Train to the Redeeming Sin: Stories About African Women is an eclectic collection of poems and short stories that spans from the historical, to the mystical, to modern day Africa. The characters and plots are moving and relevant to the thoughts and issues of women on the African continent, but they are equally relevant to African-American women in helping us to understand the effects, both positive and negative, of American culture on African women as personified by the story entitled Black America Diva Girl. Further, Ms. Boof exploits the myth of the superiority of Anglo characteristics in Day of Vow where we meet the beautiful and tragic Zorina who questions ¿¿if she was good enough to demand to be treated with affection and tenderness.¿ Ms. Boof¿s writing bubbles like a fountain with energy and, sometimes, incredible rage and grief. Although, the text could still use a good editing for typos and grammar errors, her skill as a storyteller is not to be denied. This book is insightful and innovative. Every woman, regardless of race or culture, should read it.
It is no surprise that this author cites Alice Walker as a major influencer to her works for you see the same style inherent in her works. Wonderful, breathtaking stories that pull at your heartstrings yet make you rejoice at the perserverance and will of each woman depicted in each story. This is a MUST READ for every college student.