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The Slave Girl By Buchi Emecheta

The Slave Girl by Buchi Emecheta

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The coming of age tale of an orphan girl sold into slavery in her own land.

The Slave Girl Summary

The Slave Girl: (Omenala Press) by Buchi Emecheta

Set in the early 1900s, in colonial Nigeria, The Slave Girl tells the story of `twice-born' Ogbanje Ojebeta who, following the death of her parents is betrayed by her older brother and sold into domestic slavery. She finds solace among her fellow slaves but learns the painful lessons of what it means to be owned by another. As she grows into a woman she longs for freedom and for a family of her own. She realises that she must ultimately decide her own destiny, and when the opportunity arises, makes a choice that we as modern readers might find surprising.

The Slave Girl Reviews

Buchi Emecheta generates a fine sympathy with human distress; this loving novel makes a telling indictment of pagan and Christian inhumanity to women. New Statesman ; Ms Emecheta once again creates an authentic character and scene and... explains the network of customs from the past which have contributed to present attitudes. Sunday Telegraph; Miss Emecheta's prose has a shimmer of originality, of English being reinvented... John Updike, The New Yorker; deserves to be read Financial Times

About Buchi Emecheta

Buchi Emecheta was born in Lagos, Nigeria in July 1944. She emigrated to England in 1962 with her husband and two small children. After the break-up of her marriage and now with five small children to support, she lived in a series of slum apartments, while working full time at the British museum and studying for a Sociology degree. In 1972, she contributed a column about black British life to the New Statesman magazine which formed the basis for her first published novel In The Ditch. While her children were growing she worked for a number of years as a teacher and a social worker, before settling down in the 1980s in her north London home as a full-time writer and academic. Buchi Emecheta wrote 16 novels during her lifetime including The Joys of Motherhood, Second-Class Citizen, and the Slave Girl in 1978 for which she won the Jock Campbell New Statesman award. She wrote several children's stories and plays for stage, TV and radio, as well as a formal autobiography Head Above Water. In 1983, she was included as one Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, and in 2005, she was made an OBE for services to literature. She died in London in 2017 at the age of 72.

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The Slave Girl: (Omenala Press) by Buchi Emecheta
Used - Very Good
Omenala Press
Winner of Jock Campbell New Statesman Award 1978
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