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Long Train to the Redeeming Sin: Stories About African Women Paperback – April 1, 2004
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First let me say that it took me 3 weeks to find this amazing book! Amazon.com was not selling it at the time that I was searching for it and hearing a lot about it from friends at Howard University in D.C. It's a hard book to describe, because although the subtitle says "Stories About African Women", I thought it was really a book about "ALL" black women--everywhere in the world. It told their history and talked about very personal issues that traditionally and exlusively have belonged to sistas. I loved the book. It starts off in ancient times with a great story called "The Lioness", which shows how black women had to shape the humanity of men into any humanity at all--it also shows the unique beauty of our ancestral women. Then there's just one great story after the other--"Boy Magic", "Black America Diva Girl" (which by itself is worth the price of the book), "Own Me Night" (A truly SEXY story), "Nile River Bride", "Remember Son" (which made me cry), and "DAY OF VOW"--the final story, the longest one and the one that made me have nightmares for days!! I loved it. It's one hell of a book. I liked hearing the viewpoints of so many bold, daring African women (especially Minx Nehesi--the Ethiopian supermodel who came to life in the story THE MAGIC WAND). I liked learning the history of African women throughout the world, and more than anything, Kola Boof just writes with a special poetic quality that doesn't bore the reader and captivates the imagination. It was really a great, great book. But it is shocking, and the subject matter is not for children or teens. Also, many of my black brothers who have borrowed the book felt at times as if the author was unfair to black men and that she attacks black men. I am a black man and I didn't feel that way at all, because I knew what the author was getting at. She was pointing out that we Black men have to learn who our black woman is and what she's been through--and that we need to be her friend and brother in a spiritual sense, so that we can all love one another. It's a beautiful, painful, violent, incredibly touching book. I loved every page of it.
I'm a white woman in love!
This is my favorite short story collection EVER. And I'm not even a "Sista". Sorry all. I love this book and I so admire Kola Boof's valiant struggle. I have been a fan ever since I saw her on FOX NEWS and read about her online. She is such a gifted artist and a brave political thinker. I am so awed by her life story and her determination to be herself.
WARNING: As herself--she is not like any other type of black woman you have ever read. She is from Africa. Her books make you uncomforable. VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. She poses naked on the back of all her book covers, so let that be a warning. She is NOT the status quo type of author. She's kinda "touched". She wants to abolish men's religions and start a women's religion!
But I love this book of stories so much. I can't wait for her novel "Flesh and the Devil" to come out next month. I hear its pretty wild, and although I've warned that she cuts White Women a new "a--ole" in that book, I still gotta read it. I love you Kola if you read this. It's Laurie at Stanford University!!
Your books tell it like it is. They entertain and they are so incredibly different from everything else on the market. You have no competition, because you are one of a kind. A true African goddess. Please come to Stanford University when you start doing readings!!
I give this short story collection 5 stars. MY FAVORITE STORIES in the book are "Day of Vow", then "Black America Diva Girl", then "The Lioness", then "Boy Magic". Each one of those stories would make a good movie or a good novel all by themselves.
ENJOY!!! But beware. It's the strange world of Kola Boof!!!
Ms. Boof's writing bubbles like a fountain with energy and, sometimes, incredible rage and grief. Although, the text could still use a good editing for typos and grammar errors, her skill as a storyteller is not to be denied. This book is insightful and innovative. Every woman, regardless of race or culture, should read it.
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