What she endured is no different from what occurred in Ba’s So Long a Letter. This short novel packs in a great deal, exploring the ups and downs of cross-cultural relationships and the impact of society on those individuals who dare to breach the walls of conformity. Raised by her traditional grandparents, she had to struggle even to gain an education, because they did not believe that girls should be taught. An emotionally difficult read, but fascinating nonetheless. If you haven’t read “Such a long letter” by Ba, I would recommend that over this.

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It moves between various people’s perspectives, and begins, quite wonderfully, with his childhood. Can I lose my identity by making choices that go against the pre-set mould of culture and family?

Sep maiama, Meghan rated it liked it Shelves: See all 5 questions about Scarlet Song….

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The story ends with her deportation to France.

scarlet song by mariama ba

How important are appearances for society? I thought I was buying into an innocent love story, but culture and colonization got in the way! Must both sides make sacrifices for any union to work? Yaye Khady is the mother-in-law from hell who undermines her son’s marriage from the start; ditto for Mireille’s parents who seek no relationship with their daughter after her marriage.


Scarlet Song by Mariama Ba

There are so many layers, like the layers skng society and the often conflicting forces of progress, tradition, and culture. The writer bw sympathetic to their love, while at the same time presents it as next to impossible for such a marriage to work; I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about the conclusions she draws. Jan 30, Michele White rated it liked it. I had to read this for a Foreign Lit class, it was not my favorite, but it did have good points.

scarlet song by mariama ba

Can a marriage with only one side making sacrifices work? Enter title, subject or author WorldCat. Lists with This Marima. This book deceived me!

It’s an easy read, because Ba’s writing is vivid, and the plot moves swiftly. View all 3 comments. My library Help Advanced Book Search. I can’t rate it because I don’t remember it.

It was interesting to see the pull of culture on these people and I enjoyed the African perspective. Probably one of the books that taught me to love reading. Please select a library service: Return to Book Page.

Scarlet Song by Mariama Ba, Summary and Book Review

Sometimes the best efforts are hurt by our passion for their success, and sometimes desperation drives us to things outside of ourselves. Overall, it’s pretty heartbreaking in the culture clashes, stubbornness and excuses created during the course of the relationship, but the author definitely offers some interesting insights and criticisms. Het werkt echter niet en dat ligt aan vele dingen: And as a lover of words I absolutely loved the language and the expressions.


Mariana say I loved the book and I certainly did not think it I believe this book was on bw list from an African lit course I did not take. Being an African living a ‘western’ life in Africa the story resonated with me several times, even if not out of my personal experience, out of observation. She impoverishes it by undermining its unity” The gospel according to Mariama Ba. Teaching African Literatures in a Global Bz Thanks for telling us about the problem.

scarlet song by mariama ba