- File Size: 789 KB
- Print Length: 183 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: iUniverse (February 16, 2011)
- Publication Date: February 16, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004OEK6WA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,520,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women Kindle Edition
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My favorite story was ‘Remembering Miss Nelly,’ where a woman named Ify returns to her childhood home to find that her most-respected teacher has been severely changed over the last few decades. Ify unravels the slow drip-drip of misogyny, harassment, and jealousy that led her childhood idol to her current state.
In each of these stories, women struggle (over the course of most of their lives) to overcome the hardships that their husbands, fathers, and brothers force upon them. Some of them respond admirably—some occasionally falter—and some only attain small, mental victories. Still it is fascinating and eye-opening to hear their stories.
It wasn't easy reading what these women went through but I was grateful for the opportunity to do so. I think it's easy to pretend everyone has the same rights we do and it's never easy facing the fact that they don't.
This is not a book that puts any gender down, but one that invites us to re-examine the role and attitudes we assume because of our gender. While the male characters unfold their interpretation of being men, women too are shown as we can be - collaborators or otherwise. It is about being human, wanting needs met and participating fully in life. It is a book of hope because it brings women to recognize that they can change the dynamics of an unhealthy relationship with a man. Relationships are not stagnant and we should not be bound by cultural patterns that are unproductive or destructive. Women must gather the courage to define their relationship with men rather than be defined by their relationship with men. Excellent read! Couldn't put it down until I finished it.