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Username: Steve_s

Post Number: 434
Registered: 04-2004

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Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 12:06 am:   

Finished: "Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone" -- James Baldwin

Reading: "Sag Harbor" -- Colson Whitehead

I liked the Ngugi Wa Thiong novel, "The River Between," but I remember it a little differently: criticial of traditional circumcision, but conceding that it will take a long time to eliminate it, and pro-Western education. I noted some uninteded gaffes, like (italics added):

...Circumcision was coming soon, hardly a week away. The initiation day would coincide with Christmas Day. Was this a challenge to Joshua? Dancing and singing was in full swing. And there was a new edge to the songs. Uncircumcised girls were the objects of cutting attacks...

I noticed something similar in the Baldwin novel I just read, "Tell Me How Long...":

...We had no choice. We really had no choice. I had to warm my girl, my freezing girl. I covered her with my body, and I took off her robe. I covered her, I covered her, she held me, and I entered her. And we rejoiced. Sorrow, what have we not known of sorrow! But, that morning, we rejoiced. And yet, it must be said, there was a shrinking in me when it was over...

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