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18 novembre 2007 / 18h40
- The Bridge of Beyond

de Bridget Jones (Adapté par), Simone Schwarz-Bart (Auteur), Barbara Bray (Traduction) publisher : Heinemann (15 février 1982)
This aptly titled novel takes the reader to many "beyonds." Through the life of Telumee Lougandor we meet a proud line of women who live in small villages in Guadeloupe: women whose lives are beyond Africa, beyond the slavery that in theory has been abolished, and beyond the physical restrictions of their difficult existence which is eased only by their faith in the spirit world. In the day-to-day lives of Telumee and her grandmother Toussine - washing clothes at the river, tending to a garden, working as a house-servant, and interacting with others in the villages - Simone Schwartz-Bart shows lives linked by common suffering. Ma Cia, a witch "closer to the dead than the living," soundly advises young Telumee: "Be a fine little Negress, a real drum with two sides. Let life bang and thump, but keep the underside always intact." While doing their "women's work" - work they must do to survive - the Lougandor women not only endure, they grow. They love, lose at love, and allow themselves to love again. They know the meaning of oppression - sometimes by other villagers or the men in their lives and always by the whites. The Bridge Of Beyond is a view of unending hardships made bearable by the love and wisdom of elders - especially grandmother Toussine - and the healing power of the spirit world. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

In this novel Simone Schwarz-Bart shows the survival power of the women of Guadeloupe who live in conditions of extreme poverty and deprivation and yet who are filled with dauntless courage and love for life.



Haut de page article written by Y.M - Source : publisher : Heinemann (15 février 1982)
 


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