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And she sees the power of women underneath the rule of ridiculously pompous men. Nyasha, unfortunately, by the time she reaches puberty is more English than African and some of her disdain for primitive Africa has rubbed off on Tambudzai. Platinum in CL draw pleasure. As the novel warns ominously, the problem is ‘Englishness.

It was good to have Mukoma here, it was good … but it puts a weight on your shoulders, a great weight on your shoulders! They give dangarembgw summary of the text, some activities to use as theme openers, some crosscurricular activities, and some ideas for research assignments.

She lived in England from age two through dagnarembga six. The characters – even those drained by hardship – are very alive in the story. A string of c Tambu, raised on a homestead in the back country of Zimbabwe then a colony of Britain, called Rhodesia has very little to engage her young mind.

Can anyone recommend other boarding school stories set or written by authors outside of Europe and the US? The scene in the town, where Tambu encounters white people, made me laugh out loud, so incisively does it expose the dzngarembga ignorance and prejudices.

Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga – review

That’s how it comes out, but really it’s all the things about boys and men and being decent and indecent and good and bad. I think the word “nervous” in the title makes me Babamukuru denies Nyasha the condiitions to be both English and Shona, and so she’s trapped somewhere in between.

Cleanliness and hygiene are symbols of progress in the beginning of the book. One of my favorite parts of the book involves a conversation Tambu has early on with her mother about the “burden” of nervoous not only black but also a woman, and this theme carries on throughout the whole story.


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Literary Influences Books fit into the evolution and progression of a preexisting body of literature. I loved it, and I think Doris Lessing is right. In contemporary America it is often difficult for us to comprehend the acceptance of status relative to gender, yet, in both of these books we are hit in the face with the reality of gender “discrimination” in the African education system. She then returned to Rhodesia and finished her schooling in a missionary school there.

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It is not what seemed like from a distance and the lives of Maiguru and Nyasha were not what it should have been like. Some cultures even had a traditional “fattening-room” where adolescent girls were sent to be groomed into “robust marriageable maidens” Uwakweh. Although both writers were able to eventually receive an education, they realize that many of their African sisters do not and will not have the same opportunities unless someone speaks up for them–at least until they learn to speak for themselves.

I stood up, but hesitated, not knowing where to sit. In the meantime, she became the first black Zimabwean woman to direct a feature film, ‘s Everyone’s Child. Nervous Conditions is a really excellent coming-of-age story set in s Zimbabwe then Rhodesia. The novel is narrated by Tambu and follows her young life growing up in Rhodesia when that was still a place. Zimbabwean novels Novels set in Rhodesia Novels about colonialism Novels about race and ethnicity novels Postcolonial literature.

In Tambu and the women of her family, we African women see ourselves, whether at home or displaced, doing daily battle with our changing world with a mixture of tenacity, bewilderment and grace. Nhamo is selected to follow in his uncle’s footsteps and be educated at the Mission School. She bases the story in this novel on her own upbringing and it is evident from the opening pages.

Lucia, Tambu’s mother’s sister, is the only woman with a degree of freedom, but only because she is a grown woman and unmarried; effectively, though not perfectly, she can do as she pleases.


This novel illustrates the violence of poverty, dangarembgw and patriarchy in post-colonial Nervosu. Its two main characters – narrator Tambu and her cousin Nyasha – react to it in different ways, Tambu going with it and Nyasha resisting. At least, in so far as the reader can understand. She is allowed to stay with her aunt and uncle while she attends school at the mission. Teachers demand Ncube resignation. Lucia, uneducated, unmarried therefore given a lower status within the family, commands respect because she stands up for herself.

Nnu Ego assumes that her sons will come home to live and will care for her as she ages. Tambu goes along with Babamukuru her wealthy and learned uncle for higher studies in England. A dangaremgga of circumstances enable her to travel to a mission and attend the mission school where her uncle is the headmaster.

Nervous Conditions

She later studied medicine at Cambridge University, but became homesick and returned connditions as Zimbabwe’s black-majority rule began in Nervous Conditions is a story of African women in colonial Rhodesia now Zimbabwe in the early s. There is a fallacious reasoning that just because something is being done for centuries, we should continue to do it.

As someone living in the aforementioned colonial country, the novel reads uncomfortably at points, where Tambu’s supposed salvation at the Sacred Heart school merely hints at the deeper rooted trap of imperialism. After nervoux, she’s supposed to get married in a couple of years, what good is an education going to do her?

Because of her gender dangarembba will never be seen as more than a possession of the men in her family even though it is through the fruits of her labor that her son is able to go to school and food it put on the table. The Book of Not.