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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (Aug. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556520700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556520709
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #497,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 1 1999
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The main protagonist, a member of the nouvelle bourgeoisie who lives up to the values of the former French colonists, marries his third wife - but in the wedding night he loses his virility. Whatever he tries to regain it - he is not successful until he returns to his own roots which are the roots of his people. A remarkable novel which shows a completely different world.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tione Chilambe on Sept. 15 2001
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and I was not impressed by it. The depth of the issues was not tackled in a deep soul seaching way. Much as the movie was done more that 20 years ago, the issues are the same today. It is sad that in such a polygamist setting the voices of the women was not actually heard effectively. The Male character was not given a chance to develop and give a good justfication for taking a second wife or even a third wife, instead it was just presented as greed... simple selfish greed, which i found utterly simplistic and patronizing. I am sure there is more to this story than that. Its nevertheless kind of refreshing.
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Xala - a satire on the nouvelle bourgeoisie March 1 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The main protagonist, a member of the nouvelle bourgeoisie who lives up to the values of the former French colonists, marries his third wife - but in the wedding night he loses his virility. Whatever he tries to regain it - he is not successful until he returns to his own roots which are the roots of his people. A remarkable novel which shows a completely different world.
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By D. Mainwaring - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to purchase this book for a class, but I was surprised to discover how much I enjoyed reading it. It's a fairly short book, and a quick read, but it's also an enjoyable tale. I will admit that it has some very post-colonial ideals embedded in the narrative about economic freedom, but that isn't so overwhelming as to turn the story into a parable.
One of the greatest novels to date Feb. 6 2014
By Jonathan - Published on Amazon.com
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Sembene writes a compelling story about the problems of double patriarchy and blending the new and old. A short read, but an amazing one. Every part has a purpose and all the characters have depth and purpose in the story. Much better than the film representation and overall fantastic.
bad translation Feb. 21 2015
By Nicholas L. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book could've been better. I did not like how it ended and the characters seem weak and un believable.
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Read this for school Sept. 11 2013
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I read this for an African American Literature class and somewhat enjoyed it. This was my second time reading it but I enjoyed it more this time than the last.

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