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Arab and European oppressors are portrayed as "predators," "destroyers," and "zombies". The novel is written in allegorical tone, and shifts fr Trans Atlantic and African slave trades are the subject of Armah's Two Thousand Seasons in which a pluralized communal voice speaks through the history of Africa, its wet and dry seasons, from a period of one thousand years.
The novel is written in allegorical tone, and shifts from autobiographical and realistic details to philosophical pondering, prophesying a new age. Set in the era of European slave raiding wars in Africa, known to Europeans as The Enlightenment, the narrative centers on a group of adolescent friends tricked and sold by an African king to European slavers.
On the trans-Atlantic voyage, the group organizes a successful shipboard revolt, then returns to the continent to begin the work of their lives — organizing to end the rule of injustice established by European invaders and their African collaborators. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Two Thousand Seasons. Jan 27, Nancy rated it really liked it. I read this book not long after returning from living in West Africa. It's not the easiest read because it is written more in the oral tradition and aims to cover a history of the continent of Africa in a bout pages. It's not a history book full of dates, it's a novel that expresses rage at the exploitation of the continent by invaders Arabs followed by Whites with the active participation of Blacks.
I read the book a number of times and lent it to someone who then lost it. So I no longer h I read this book not long after returning from living in West Africa. So I no longer have my copy - and would have had it not gone missing! Hence, books I cherish I no longer lend! Apr 23, Shila rated it it was amazing.
This is one of the most important books I will ever read. It has become my 2nd favorite. I am looking forward to reading the full body of work of Ayi Kwei Armah. This should be required reading for children 13 and up.
I have to read this every year. Very very grateful for the wisdom of this story. This is now my favorite book. View all 10 comments. The author's passion, earnestness, commitment if you wish, is extraordinary. Make no mistake about it, although this is an awesome creative voice, it is the author's beliefs that raucously run through the whole structure.
It is remarkable The multiple wrongs done to Africa, the culpable ones. Armah The author's passion, earnestness, commitment if you wish, is extraordinary. Armah of course always realised that Africa too has its own fair share of such blame, especially greedy grasping so-called leaders over the centuries. But what a brilliant writer who can recreate the whole scenario Feb 28, Reyhaneh rated it it was amazing. This is an incredible story that takes place during the African Slave Trade.
It is written from the perspective of the Africans The whole novel is written very poetically and heartbreakingly vivid. The author paints a very candid image of what the Africans were going through each and every moment of their existence, and he doesn't hold back any details.
The book is one of its kind, incredibly eye opening, and really makes you feel the "other This is an incredible story that takes place during the African Slave Trade. The book is one of its kind, incredibly eye opening, and really makes you feel the "other". Every other text I've read about the African slave trade has been from the perspective of the Europeans documenting what the Africans were going through.
This, however, is so truthful it hurts. The writing is extremely poetic and really resonated with me. Some of my favorite passages: "Here was a beauty to madden the soul with happiness. Here was space for wandering, here was cool darkness to soothe each spirit seeking quiet. Here was also light reaching rock and water from hidden, subtle openings above.
Leaving was torture, but stronger than our pleasure here was the call of the future and the future called us to leave now, saving these spaces for impending use, not for the instant's enjoyment. For which deficiency they must crave things to eke out their beings, things to fill holes in their spirits.
It is the energy in us, the strongest in our working, breathing, thinking together as one people; weakest when we are scattered, confused, broken into individual, unconnected fragments. Aug 05, Ty G rated it it was amazing Shelves: great-reads.
This book is the key to liberation of Science and History liberation of math and liberation of mechanical time. After studying intensely the subject of white people and their nature of destruction I've come to a sound conclusions this book was a great deal of help to think outside of European concepts.
This is a must. A challenging read, but worth the effort. Very unique in voice and content, I feel I only skimmed the surface. Worth reading again. View all 4 comments. Mar 04, Nana Fredua-Agyeman rated it it was amazing Shelves: on-my-book-shelf , african-books , novel.
Two Thousand Seasons is one of my favourite novels. Admittedly, the first few pages aren't easy to penetrate but when done, the novel provides the reader with a lot to think about.
It shows how the continent was gradually colonised by both the Arabs and the Europeans and the African's complicity in his enslavement. One will find the Ostentatious Cripples, the Askaris and more Thanks Two Thousand Seasons is one of my favourite novels. Feb 05, Christian Hayden rated it it was amazing. It is a folk tale of the and for the diaspora. A critique of patriarchy, capitalism, and racism can all be found here.
If you are looking for words or ideas that can deepen your exploration of what it means to be a part of, and reconnect the peoples of a diaspora- this is your book. It might even provide a path to "the Way. Nov 27, Sistar Kenyasue rated it it was amazing. Amazing beautifully written and it touched me deeply. The start of my journey of knowing myself,my history and world developments.
Portraying the warrior spirit of collective responsibility and survival,for Afrikan nations history interupted by invaders. The position of women in matriarchial structures displells the myth that women are unequal to men,In Afrikan societies as false. View 1 comment. Apr 03, Baraka rated it it was amazing Shelves: spirituality-related , african-centred , afrikan-warrior-scholar-list.
Two Thousand Seasons
The work demonstrates that the Arabs and the Europeans are responsible for the destruction of the continent and its values. They inflicted physical and mental damage on Africans with the help of their religions. They enslaved the natives and created masters and slaves. Using violence, the revolutionaries could end slavery and the European exploitation. To some extent, the recreation of African history has allowed Armah to dismantle some Western myths about Africa and Africans. Hence, Armah destroys to construct. In other words, he tries to make Africans understand themselves and their mission through understanding what exactly happened to them in history by the foreign forces.
The novel was first published in and subsequently published a number of times, including in the influential Heinemann African Writers Series. It is an epic historical novel, attempting to depict the last "two thousand seasons" of African history in one narrative arc following a Pan-African approach. The novel focuses on the complicitness of African people to the enslavement of their people to intruders, first represented as Arabs than as European whites. Criticism of the novel is mixed. Chinua Achebe , in a interview, described Two Thousand Seasons as "unacceptable on the basis of fact, and on the basis of art. The work is ponderous and heavy and wooden, almost embarrassing in its heaviness. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.