When Hélène is packing up her belongings in readiness for her imminent move and marriage, she unearths a faded old exercise book. As she reads she cannot anticipate the effect it will have upon her own future. It is the diary of Juletane, a young West Indian woman. Written over three weeks, it records her short life; her lonely childhood in France, her marriage to an AfricWhen Hélène is packing up her belongings in readiness for her imminent move and marriage, she unearths a faded old exercise book. As she reads she cannot anticipate the effect it will have upon her own future. It is the diary of Juletane, a young West Indian woman. Written over three weeks, it records her short life; her lonely childhood in France, her marriage to an African student, and her eager return, with him, to Africa -- the land of her ancestors. In stark contrast to her naive illusions, the social realities of traditional Muslim life and their cultural demands on her as a woman threaten to drive her to unendurable extremes of loneliness and complete alienation. She is a foreigner, in spite of the color of her skin....
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If your trust of men is already on shaky ground, don't read this book ... yet. Then, when you do pick it up, be prepared for a psychological roller coaster.
This book tells the stories of two women: Juletane, a woman who has moved to Africa from France for her husband, and Helene, a woman who reads Juletane's diary. The book shows how the effects of colonialism, of being an outsider, and of clashing cultures. I read this book today in about 2 hours because it's both short (84 pages--my kids will love this!) and engaging.
A quick read and a great book. The story is told by both Juletane in her diary and by Hélène as she reads the diary. It's a frightening look at the mental decline of a woman who moves to her husband's African homeland following their marriage. Definitely eye-opening to those of us who live complacent American lives.
Lots to be said on this one in regards to feminism, colonialism, and mental health. If any of those things interest you you should pick this one up! Unfortunately I was too overwhelmed with end of quarter reading and writing to sink my teeth too deeply into it enough to give a full review, but it's short enough that it could be re-read easily!
The passivity of Juletane was frustrating and endlessly saddening but when she finally snapped, you kinda get a sense of how madness really starts from. She's directionless, ignored, hopeless, jealous, bitter, disappointed and for that to go on for years, something has really gotta tick. It just reminds you that no matter how vulnerable or defenseless a creature may seem, never underestimate the resentment that can brew beneath the surface.
I read this for my Institute of Adult Learning French Novels in Translation class, so of course it was depressing and dreary. However, it had a plot, a beginning, a middle and an end, and many women's issues, so it will make for a good discussion.
A interesting read. Multiple levels of exploring what it means to be an outsider and what it means to marry. It was a really quick read, which was for the best because the passivity of Juletane might have proved frustrating over a longer novel.