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  1. Buried In Print
    Buried In Print November 14, 2011 at 10:09 am | | Reply

    I’ve only scanned your thoughts because I might yet read this one myself for the week’s event, but I can say that she discussed the question of its being a romance in the interview with her that I read in Writing Across Worlds. Even without having read the novel it was interesting to hear her thoughts on that.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid November 17, 2011 at 9:24 am | | Reply

      Buried In Print » I can’t find that book at my library system! But it sounds interesting. I do need to rethink my definition of “love story” because, as others mention below, there are other ways of considering something a love story.

  2. Ghanaian Literature Week « Kinna Reads
    Ghanaian Literature Week « Kinna Reads November 14, 2011 at 10:21 am |

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  3. Kinna
    Kinna November 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm | | Reply

    Thanks so much for participating.

    Esi’s choice can sometimes make it hard to see the love. Because she choose a most fraught and problematic avenue to express that. I think she thought that entering into a polygamous relationship would give her all the benefits but then she would not have to deal with the demands of having a husband. She wanted to maintain her independence and yet have a man in her life. In Ghana, this choice is seductive and appealing to some women. But they quickly find that once a wife always a wife whether in a monogamous or polygamous marriage. The traditional expectations are the same. Love finds it hard to prevail but it’s still there.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid November 17, 2011 at 9:26 am | | Reply

      Kinna » I think you make a good point about what is love. And I can really see how she WANTED it to work out for her. I found it so sad in the end since, as you say, the “traditional expectations” ended up just as frustrating for her.

  4. Amy
    Amy November 16, 2011 at 11:02 pm | | Reply

    So excited to see that you reviewed this. I really liked it and like you found it both difficult to imagine and also gave me a lot to think about. The more I think about it the more I see the ‘love story’ as being about love in general. Esi divorcing her husband is the end of one love story, her choice to enter a polygamous relationship is another love story, albeit one that isn’t as close to how we might imagine our lives. Love stories in real life really don’t always turn out as we’d hope either do they? Definitely gave me so much to think about. Thanks for reviewing it :)

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid November 17, 2011 at 9:34 am | | Reply

      Amy » I think you make a good point about the “love story.” It’s not a happily ever after story, but definitely there is a HOPE for love in this book. It certainly does give one much to think about, and I found the intriguing cultural differences of it being in Ghana to add a level of interest for me.

  5. The Second Life of Samuel Tyne by Esi Edugyan (thoughts) « A Striped Armchair

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  6. It’s a Wrap! Ghanaian Literature Week « Kinna Reads

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