Joys of Motherhood Paperback – May 2 2000
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A rich, multilayered work of fiction, full of drama and written with deceptive simplicity. -- Essence
About the Author
Born of Ibo parents in Nigeria, Buchi Emecheta is widely known for her multilayered stories of black women struggling to maintain their identity and construct viable lives for themselves and their families. She writes, according to The New York Times, with "subtlety, power, and abundant compassion." Her numerous novels include The Slave Girl, The Family, Bride Price, and The Joys of Motherhood.
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Nnu Ego was sent to marry a man she did not know yet - but this was after a failed marriage to a man she did know. Also, Nnu Ego knew her future husbands brother and family - just not him. Yes, Nnu Ego had some struggle in regards to having children but having children is what made her happy and further made her a woman. Her husband, Nnaife, did take another wife, his deceased brothers wife as Ibo custom deemed proper. Adaku - the second wife taken ultimately leaves Nnaife because she doesn't like him. Okpo, the third wife came into their lives when Nnu Ego was reaching her 40's - and instead of offering irrritance like Adaku, offered help to Nnu Ego. Wanting to leave Nnaife and Lagos are thoughts that cross Nnu Ego's mind throughout the entire book but its not until the encarciration of Nnaife that Nnu Ego returns to her home in Ibuza. Having no husband and all her children gone their own ways Nnu Ego's life seems a sad one but in the end, after she passes, her children pay omage to her with "the greatest funeral Ibuza had ever seen." (Emecheta p.224)
A definately important thing to remember when reading this book is not to read it from your culture's eyes but to try and understand another cultures ways.
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The writing is so straightforward and appears simple but there is so much depth in the novel. It's an easy read and one of the most pleasurable books I've read in a long time! Read morePublished on April 16 2006 by Emily McLeod
An easy to read story that provides a realistic and convincing background on both the high value Africans place on children as well as the high costs of motherhood on women. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by J. Jacobs
I had to read this book for my World Lit. class in college. I must say it is one of the best books I have ever read. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2003
The bride price is paid and a young Nigerian girl is sent off to Lagos to a man she has never met. She struggles through the years to bear his children. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2002 by Victoria
Joys of Motherhood was one of the books I read for my Post Colonial African lit class, and I have to say it was my favourite novel on the course. Read morePublished on March 24 2002
This book was exciting from the very first page to the very last. The reading was easy and the pages flew by. You could feel the emotions of every character in the story. Read morePublished on July 6 1999