The men in this story love as if its the air of life and burn the obstacles with less to no patience. The pivotal moment in the novel’s symbolic movement, the unification of self and heart in Moleka, comes directly after Moleka and Margaret meet for the first time, at the old library where Moleka has arranged for Margaret to stay. Dikeledi was in love with Moleka, a womaniser notorious for changing women like clothes and sending her rejects fleeing town or walking the streets talking to themselves. Head is ahead of her time in creating strong female characters who assert themselves against both the sexism and classism that exist in their village. Dec 26, Nicholas Beck rated it really liked it. Maybe it’s just the type of book I need to re-read. Using the story of a Masarwa teacher to tell her tale, Head shows her readers the hierarchy of life in the tribal village of Dilepe.

Maru -for whom the novel is named- is a man held in high esteem by the village of Dilepi for his insight into all things. Head realizes that racism, no matter what its origin, is perpetuated by individuals, and individuals can decide to reject any measure that runs counter to what they consider right. A Basarwa woman died after giving birth to a daughter. I really loved this book. Taking compassion on the child, English missionary Margaret Cadmore adopts the baby, naming her with her own name, and raising her as her own. Before going any further, Maru’s representation as cloud must be considered as it relates to the possibility that Maru and Moleka represent two parts of the same character before Margaret’s appearance:

Celebrating Bessie Head – (A Review of Maru)

While it is identified as a paralysing condition above, postcolonial interstitiality or hybridity can also be liberating. Maru, through Ranko, leads Moleka directly into Dikeledi’s arms. From then on, the novel tells the story of Moleka privately understanding his new awareness of love, and the story of Maru maneuvering to steal away with Margaret. And even though her colour could have allowed her to blend and be passed for a half-caste – a product of a black and white parents, which is itself considered as an abnormality but still above the Masarwa people – Margaret insisted on identifying herself with her people the first time she found out who she was and the meaning of the name of her people.


I love this book and have reread it several times. Return to Book Page. He was not just anything but some kind of strange, sweet music you could hear over and over again. But Nana, I don’t know what happened to me but I think the long flash back put me off.

It is nearly as if Margaret loses her authority and potency by allowing herself to love: Neither this nor SN is a favorite, but they both have a certain something that marks a writer who knows when to begin, end, and concentrate as much as is humanly possible in between.

Rather, if he fathers her child, she wants him to yb the responsibility of marriage. Oct 16, Book Wormy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thanks so much Jane. In fact, in an article I wrote for a newspaper on that issue, I quoted a portion of this book. Thanks to Kinna for bringing her legacy alive.

I feel honoured to be part of the celebration. Dikeledi comes off as rather naive in her love for Moleke who is such a hopeless womanizer. Still, Head’s narratological observations about the oppression perpetrated by the oppressed, and her quirky, Setswana-inflected English lends a charm and gravitas to this short novel.

I’ve learned in academic theory that a solidification into the third is a mark of the European tendency to classify via erasure, beasie that does not prevent the first and second from gorging themselves on human lives and spitting up mere pittances of stories of said thirds in return. Postcolonial literature and theory Syhopsis Postcolonial Web. The strength that she finds in her isolation becomes embodied by the arrival of the goats. This is by far the most interesting book I’ve read.

July 23, at 1: So I will review Maru later. According to Menager-Everson, characters shnopsis “moisture deficient” when sad and absorb “fluid” as they grow happier. Head reveals how prejudice rears its ugly face, and giving this facet of the story a happy ending, run the white men out of town.


Illumination: Maru By Bessie Head – A Review

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The scorpion wants Moleka to remove the table similar to Maru, who ysnopsis wants him to remove the bed. Jun 17, Ben Winch added it Shelves: Cancel reply Enter your comment here It reflects the kind of damage that society inflicts on her.

Or else how can a tribe of pe “It is preferable to change the world on the basis of love of mankind. I hear Helen Oyeyemi, who writes about the emotional range of the people Bessie Head writes, and I also value the way hwad draws the subtleties of relationships; the mixtures of envy and attraction and tenderness and ease that tug or sever the bonds between folks.

Newer Post Older Post Home. He sets up her pictures not for what they are of her but for synolsis they are of him: Hence his lies and evasions She overhears him thinking aloud: However, Maru is really just a mildly complex, love story in the most familiar way.

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Dikeledi was in love with Moleka, a womaniser notorious for changing women like clothes and sending her rejects fleeing town or walking the streets talking to themselves. October 7, at The importance of this story lies in the fact that even today the Masarwa are being discriminated against. Where he could, he nailed them to the ground, but always alertly with no intention o He liked his own dreams and visions.

Margaret however has powerful defenders even though she is not aware of them.