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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: George Braziller Pub'rs (April 27 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807609501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807609507
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 14.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily McLeod on April 16 2006
Format: Paperback
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! I would recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 23 2003
Format: Paperback
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. Easy to follow from begining to end, I did not want to put it down. I recommend this to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eunice P. Ave on March 15 2000
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This is a well-told story of a beloved girl child from a traditional Nigerian village family in the early to mid twentieth century who grows to womanhood. It chronicles the twists and turns her life takes when she is married and fails to conceive. She is judged to be the thing that is only spoken of in whispers -- barren. The protagonist, Nnu Ego, is first revealed as a simple woman who wants to fulfill the traditional role of wife and mother. Her first husband judges her unworthy in her barrenness and returns her to her family in disgrace. She is then married off to an older man who earns his living as a domestic worker for a white couple in the city. She is at least a wife, if not a mother. Lo and behold, she is not barren and conceives children with this man. She must and does find work as a petty trader to support her children, which is urgent because her husband's income is inadequate to feed his family. Nnu Ego must also do without the traditional supports for her position that could be found in village life. Like many third world women, she finds that she has all of the myriad responsibilities of wife and motherhood, with little of the rights and honors that would normally be bestowed on her as the chief or first wife. Her problems are manifold; she and her children almost die of starvation when her husband goes away to fight in the European war. He marries another wife on a seeming whim as is his right. They are all housed in one room in the servant's quarters. The second wife must also scrape to survive and she and Nnu Ego are ever locked in a battle of wills while at the same time trying to maintain their dignity and feed and educate their children even though they are illiterates themselves.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6 1999
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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. I read this book for my World Literature class in college, the book was Wonderful:)!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IVYMASHA@AOL.COM on March 30 1999
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An indept exposure to the challenges faced by an uneducated african woman determined to survive in colonial Nigeria. A story of a woman who went through the trials of life, first as the apple of her fathers eyes and the most sort after bride. Only to be barren and looses her husband to another woman. To hide her shame, she is married off to a man she has never met in the colonial city of Lagos (Nigeria). Read this book and see how she faces the challenges of living in a strange land and trying to abide by two different cultures. The one she was brought up in, groomed as a true African woman and the one she is forced to live in as an adultrated african, spieced with the inferior ingredients of the colonial masters.. You just might be forced to compare her with your mother. Read this book and understand the true meaning of the word MOTHER.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Vasilius on Nov. 5 1998
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Buchi Emecheta, a Nigerian sociologist and herself a mother, writes the story of an Ibuzu woman in the years surrounding WWII. In its mix of humor and pathos, deft characterizations and evocation of Nigeria ways, the Joys of Motherhood is a seemingly simple story of a woman trapped by cultural mores and expectations, chief among them that she should find fulfillment in the joys of motherhood. Actually, the story is masterful as Emecheta succeeds in the difficult task of opening a window for the Western reader without condescension, lecturing, preaching or boring her reader. Although with great differences, the book reminded me greatly of Frank McCourt's autobiographical Angela's Ashes, and gave me much the same satisfaction.
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