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Pepetela's novel is a fascinating study of the tensions produced by racism, tribalism, and sexual morals. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published April 1st by Heinemann Educational Books first published More Details Original Title.
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To ask other readers questions about Mayombe , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Jun 01, Paula M. Que ironia! Sendo uma "obra-mais-que-perfeita", voltarei a ela. View all 5 comments. Feb 01, carpe librorum: E fome. Seja no mato do Mayombe ou em qualquer outro lugar. View 2 comments. Tal o homem. Jan 25, Troy rated it liked it Shelves: You are an Angolan guerrilla fighting for independence from the Portuguese.
You are in Mayombe, the Angolan jungle, in a hidden base, leading attacks, but often waiting, and often dealing with simmering tribal squabbles and petty politics.
You are several different freedom fighters, all known by codenames Fearless, Struggle, New World, etc. You get to see their POV, sort of like the confessional inserts in reality shows. It helps you realize how people justify their decisions and tries to expla You are an Angolan guerrilla fighting for independence from the Portuguese. It helps you realize how people justify their decisions and tries to explain how deep the tribal sympathies run, and how new the idea of an "Angolan People" or "the Proletariat" is.
You are a card carrying Communist. You go to Communist theory classes everyday, even in the jungle.
Debates about the finer points of the Communist struggle are rife. You engage in a few fights. You try to win over the locals, despite them being largely from another tribe. You try to deal with opportunistic or ideological superiors or comrades, who are causing strife, or wasting money or time.
You have romance problems, since you're in the field, and your loved one is in town. Or, for some, dead. You have anger because someone you know was killed, or because of this constant unending exploitation.
You listen to the Yoda-like diatribes of Fearless, your leader, and the leader of the hidden jungle base. Fearless is definitely NOT a demagogue or an ideologue. He is rational and deeply pragmatic, yet also an idealist who believes in a New and Better Way.
He's also unyielding to the demands of the coming world. Ultimately Fearless, Our Leader, is too perfect. He is human, but his pronouncements and opinions are superwise, Yoda-wise. Ultimately, Fearless becomes a mouthpiece for the writer.
Not too much, but enough to knock you out of the narrative, and enough to remind you that you are not an Angolan freedom fighter, and that even though this is a great portrayal of "what it was like" there's a little too much speechifying coming from the now visible author. But other than that, a damn good book. Jul 18, Rui Trigo rated it it was amazing. Muito mais que um livro sobre a Guerra Colonial: Jun 23, Gustavo Medeiros rated it really liked it. The Angola's liberation war from the point of view of the M.
The revolution from inside the mighty jungle named Mayombe. The quest for national identity. National unity. A country in the making. Pepetela was part of this group and his story is detailed and realistic.
The book center on the character Commandant almost every character has only a nickname and his friend Commissar, although about a dozen coadjuvants appear with more or less importance through the book.
Every one of them is quite well definied, a plus quality of This book tells the story of a Guerrilla group, part of the MPLA Movement for the Liberation of Angola during the civil war that took the Portuguese colony out. Every one of them is quite well definied, a plus quality of the book. One of the focal points of the fighters is the tribal division - some people from a tribe would not trust somebody from another etc.
It's a very fine guerrilla book, and I would recommend it for anyone interested in the subject. Since Pepetela puts into fiction the reality that he himself lived, he also contributes to this demystification.
Ethnic and ideological differences and tribalism tend to distract the guerrillas from their many shared ideals and perspectives.
Prejudices, suspicion, racism, hatred and jealousy result from ethnicity, tribalism and ideological differences. These divisions are so acute that they hinder the. In other words, Fearless shows that because of the loyalties of ethnicity, the significance of national unity and collective action will be lost and the struggle to advance and force the Portuguese out of Angola will loose its momentum.
Even though the guerrillas fight together as a solid collective group against a common enemy - the Portuguese - this collectivity is being undermined by each one of the guerrillas' personal motives, which originally drove them to join the struggle.
The Operations Chief Ops alludes to the different motives that have involved them in the struggle: Struggle comes from Cabinda and, since the Cabinda people have refused to ally themselves with the guerrillas and are therefore considered to be treacherous, he fights in the frontline so that the other guerrillas will not think of him as someone not to be relied on.
I shall have [ New World sees himself as not driven by any personal motives. He leaves Europe to join the struggle and because living in Europe would have provided him with a better life, New World sees himself as unselfish He is a Marxist and applies a fundamentalist Marxism to the rationale of the struggle. He enlarges on this: