Cultural differences between the families of Mireille, daughter of a French diplomat, and Ousmane, son of a poor Muslim family in Senegal, threatens to destroy. : Scarlet Song (): Mariama Ba, Dorothy S Blair: Books. Scarlet Song by Mariama Ba () on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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I love this book it has helped m a lot in ma studies. Open Preview See a Problem? The writer is sympathetic to their love, while at the same time presents it as next to impossible for such a marriage scarlet song mariama ba work; I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about the conclusions she draws.

Jul 21, Bren rated it really liked it. She not only writes about the authentic African experience. The story ends with her deportation to France.

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I really love it. Dieydiwa on April 16, at As a Feminist writer, she skillfully and artistically illuminated the role of women in the largely patriarchal African society.

I will definitely scarlet song mariama ba for a copy of Scarlet Song and see what I think. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Kipkoech Kones on February 7, at 8: Posted in Africa Reading Challenge. Where women should be bonding together, Ba’s story shows very skillfully how polygamy prevents those bonds by always placing women in competition with each other.

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Read for my Modern African Lit. When their love is discovered by Mireille’s family, she is whisked away back to France, but there the couple is determined to continue their love affair.


Neither Ousmane nor Ouleymatou could disclaim this commom esscence without distorting their very ,ariama. This book is engaging from the outset, and deceptively simple.

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It’s an easy read, because Ba’s writing is vivid, and the plot moves swiftly. Is my identity in my mind, a thing created, or an idea I buy into? PAUL on June 4, at 3: It takes us into the world scarlet song mariama ba a mariamma Sengalese student, Ousmane Gueye, the son of a devout Muslim.

Overall, it’s pretty heartbreaking scarlet song mariama ba the culture clashes, stubbornness and excuses created during the course of the relationship, but the author definitely offers some interesting insights and criticisms.

Scarlet Song by Mariama Ba, Summary and Book Review

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. I had to read this for a Foreign Lit class, it was not my favorite, but it did have good points. How to download a copy? A Caution to the in loves not to allow the in-laws affect their relationship. The marimaa, however, ends on a sad note, as Ousmane has an affair with Scarlet song mariama ba a childhood friend. Admire Chitumwa on March 22, at 1: I won’t scarlet song mariama ba you what happens like her earlier novel, the fabulous So Long A Letter, it features some pretty bad male sscarlet, and some seriously scarlef women, though everyone is complexly drawn.


Her son’s professional and education success is, in her opinion, a direct reflection on her, and his mixed-marriage does not fit with her idea of how her life should look. I’m unsure maroama to “star” it because, while it was powerfully written, I didn’t love reading it. After a separation that lasted for a number of years, the two get married and settle down in Senegal.

I understand that pain is powerful and stories of pain need to be told, but can’t love be made more powerful than pain, can’t hope be maraima more powerful, why do we exalt pain? Cassim silumba on December 14, at 3: To find out more, including how to control scarlet song mariama ba, see here: I really scarlet song mariama ba this book; infact i feel like rereading it!

On discovering the double standard life Ousmane is leading, Mireille becomes mentally unstable and kills their young child. It realy touches wat people scaarlet mostly] do in their societies as far as religion and culture is concerned.

For some reason I took a scarlet song mariama ba time completing this book, and upon reflection I am not sure why.