Season of Migration: Classic Edition (African Writers Series) Paperback – 2008
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Mustafa was a posthumous child. He and his mother were each other's only relatives. From childhood Mustafa felt that he was different from others. Mustafa agreed to go to school just when they were first being started by the colonizers for village youth. He had a wonderful ability to memorize his lessons. His teachers admired him as a prodigy, but he paid them no mind. After three years he had exhausted the country's academic resources. He was advised to study abroad. It was arranged that he depart for Cairo to attend secondary school. In Cairo he stayed with Mr. and Mrs. Robinson. He paid no attention to the love they showered on him. He learned music and literature in Cairo, but enjoyed nothing.
Later he went to England where he killed Jean Morris. Possibly he ws the cause of Ann Hammond's suicide and the deaths of others. He was appointed a lecturer in economics at London University at age twenty four. Mustafa died, the but narrator, in his work at the minstry of education, keeps running into him since he had been a most brilliant and notorious student. The narrator, Effendi, is guardian of Mustafa Sa-eed's wife and children. Mustafa was the first student from Sudan to study in Cairo and England. (He dies from drowning at some point between the narrator's visits to the village and to his grandfather.) Unfortunately his wife kills a geriatric suitor and then kills herself. She had threatened violence if forced into a situation against her will.Read more ›
Seemingly a simple story develops into a complex character study weaved in with issues of colonialism in African countries, the effect of economics on the distrubution of wealth in the world, the meaning of economics as an academic discipline, and most importantly a quest for a personal and cultural identity - the paradox of diaspora.
The work is beautifully translated, as the reader will notice thus contributing to its lyrical and precise execution in which every word counts. The format in which the work is presented might confuse a few people but is highly relevant to the character and plot development.
For those familiar with Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" this will prove to be a worthwhile read which takes the concepts adressed in Ellison's work to a next level.
Also recommended is a film "The Wedding in Galilee" for further deconstruction and interpretation.
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Don't buy this book expecting an orientalist depiction of the Arab world, such that you would by it come to understand something which was previously mysterious. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2012 by Amazon Customer
I don't know how does the novel sound in the language you read it .. but I read it in ARABIC, my first language, and what "sucked" me to it wasn't any of the characters more than... Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2006 by Monzer