It’s free and takes less than 10 seconds! Written in English — 207 pages Language Note: English, translated from the French. Everyone is afraid of understanding. Insufficient attention has been paid to the role of Mira Lameaulnes, Sancher's rejected mistress and the mother of his child, whose story the novel to a significant extent becomes as Those who move away also drift away. by In “Crossing the Mangrove,” Conde exposes Guadaloupe as strangling and provincial, a small town surrounded by endless turquoise water. Hence the name, 'Crossing the Mangrove' which describes the difficulty of progression from Point A to Point B. James McBride. Will Schutt, Booker Prize 2020 Winner – Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, Hadji Murad by Leo Tolstoy tr. It sounds such a rich reading experience. And yet it’s their shape and nature and how far they dig into the slimy humus to search for water that we need to know. Other Titles: Traversée de la mangrove. The rest of us are alive and continue to live as we’ve always done. Links to my reviews below. The glimpses of the dead Francis, however, provide few clues to the mystery. Rosa. Francis Sancher–a handsome outsider, loved by some and reviled by others–is found dead, face down in the mud on a path outside Riviere au Sel, a small village in Guadeloupe. The talented Bennett fuels her fiction with secrets—first in her lauded debut, The Mothers (2016), and now in the assured and magnetic story of the Vignes sisters, light-skinned women parked on opposite sides of the color line. Moïse the Postman & Mira. At his night-long wake, the people he touched convene around the body as each in turn considers his or her relationship with the dead man: Moãse, the half-black, half-Chinese postman who attaches himself to Francis when he first arrives—so much so that the townsfolk believe they are homosexuals—but is then spurned; Mira, the beautiful, light-skinned woman who gives birth to Francis's child; Vilma, the young Indian woman who is impregnated by Francis and wishes she could burn on his pyre as her grandmothers would have done; Vilma's parents; Mira's stepmother; and the rest of the villagers. New mangroves grow on the inside of the swamp. There are also an assortment of salsa musicians, a gentle Nation of Islam convert named Soup, and even a tribe of voracious red ants that somehow immigrated to the neighborhood from Colombia and hung around for generations, all of which seems like too much stuff for any one book to handle. In the end, we are forced to accept that we will never know the whole truth of the story. Take me, for instance. Hence the name, 'Crossing the Mangrove' which describes the difficulty of progression from Point A to Point B. Crossing the Mangrove by Maryse Condé (1995), View ClaireWordByWord’s profile on Facebook, Maresi, The Red Abbey Chronicles by Maria Turtschaninoff (Finland), A Spell In the Wild, A Year and Six Centuries of Magic by Alice Tarbuck, I, Tituba Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Condé tr. Francis makes few real attachments in the community—even his affairs with Mira and Vilma are virtually one-night stands—because of his imminent death, which he waits and watches for almost eagerly. Jude, so Black that strangers routinely stare, is unrecognizable to her aunt. by I can imagine rereading it, it’s such a multilayered novel, that can be read for pure entertainment value or thought about more deeply in how it attempts through exquisite storytelling and characterisation, to lay bare the complexity of such a diverse community, it’s impossible to keep up with who is who is what from where, demonstrating how farcical that is anyway and yet nearly everyone contributes to it, the labelling, the judgements, the superiority and inferiority complexes. This is almost a form of noir novel; a death provides the catalyst to revealing an island society, portraying all it diversity and colour, its social good and evil – poverty, discrimination and exploitation, and rather than seek a tidy resolution of that death, it demonstrates the folly of that way of thinking, creating instead, a thought-provoking insight into a multi-layered, multi-ethnic mix of minds and bodies, in their states of love, bliss, paranoia, anxiety and confusion. “I would say you are a man of great wisdom!” I murmured. ( Log Out /  As soon as I tried to understand, to ask for an explanation for all those corpses, all that blood, they called me every name under the sun. With Love, the Man You Despise Analysis of character interactions in Maryse Condé's Crossing the Mangrove Madison Otero April 26, 2019 Introduction and Context primary character: Francis Sancher each character has a chapter, he does not he dies, how do we know him? 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