Traversée de la Mangrove

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  • Title: Traversée de la Mangrove
  • Author: Maryse Condé
  • ISBN: 9782070385461
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Rivi re au Sel, en plein coeur de la for t, on veille un mort, un homme qui est arriv dans le village quelques ann es auparavant et dont on ne sait pas grand chose Est il cubain Colombien A t il d sert Pourquoi est il revenu en Guadeloupe Les r ponses ne sont pas claires Cependant peu importe la v ritable identit de cet homme Ce qui importe, c est l image qA Rivi re au Sel, en plein coeur de la for t, on veille un mort, un homme qui est arriv dans le village quelques ann es auparavant et dont on ne sait pas grand chose Est il cubain Colombien A t il d sert Pourquoi est il revenu en Guadeloupe Les r ponses ne sont pas claires Cependant peu importe la v ritable identit de cet homme Ce qui importe, c est l image que chacun des individus pr sents la veill e garde de lui et les modifications subtiles ou essentielles qu il a apport es dans leur vie Dans le temps clos de cette seule nuit, au del de la petite communaut que l on regarde, c est toute la soci t guadeloup enne d aujourd hui qui se dessine, avec ses conflits, ses contradictions et ses tensions.

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    1. Francis Sancher was dead to begin with. Not dissimilar to Jacob Marley in the classic Charles Dickens tale, "A Christmas Carol", the mysterious central character of Maryse Conde's novel "Crossing the Mangrove" is introduced to the reader in the form of a corpse. It is only through the internal dialogs and reminiscences (of questionable veracity) by the citizens of Riviere au Sel at Sancher's wake that we learn who he might have been, and what might have led him to end up face down in the mud of [...]

    2. Reading this book wasnt easy mentally,emotionally, Conde has written a powerful story and captured alot nuances and traditions of her Caribbean culture, the book is set in Guadeloupe. I was impressed by how she used the village the book was set in to say many things about her country,culture. Very critical it was about social class,gender roles. Teenage girls taken out of school without their choice to get married and serve the family. She also captured the complex,bitter racial views that haven [...]

    3. The genre of crossing the Mangrove can be slightly confusing, because it is often categorized as a mystery novel. It is true that there is a mystery at the heart of the novel, but the novel is actually a portrait of life in Guadeloupe. When Francis Sancher is found dead in a small village, the people of Riviere au Sel come out of the woodwork to attend his wake. Yes, it does seem that Sancher was murdered, but finding the culprit is difficult because of the intricate web woven between Sancher an [...]

    4. The manner in which Conde wrote her novel really forces the reader to think about life and death. By starting her novel with the death of her main character, Francis Sancher, and then having each supporting character tell about their experiences with Sancher, it creates a type of mystery novel. However as the story progresses and the culprit of Sancher's death is still not apparent, what does become clear is how Conde wants the reader to focus more on the themes of the book rather than the actua [...]

    5. 2. Crossing the Mangrove by Maryse Conde is a very well written novel that exposed a feel of Caribbean culture and the life of Francisco Alvares-Sanchez. From the start I was drawn into a mystery tale when the star of this book was found dead on a trail, in the jungles of Guadeloupe, village of Riviere au Sel, among the mangrove. It was at the dusk of day that Mademoiselle Timothee while out for an evening walk, at the last moment, took a different path from her normal. She stumbled over Franci [...]

    6. "Crossing the Mangrove" by Maryse Conde follows the many stories about Francis Sancher given by many natives of Riviere au Sel, a small village in Guadeloupe. In the first chapter we find out Sancher is dead; he was found lying face down in the mud by Mademoiselle Leocadie Timothee. Many people from Riviere au Sel come to pay their respects to Sancher, whether or not they love him or hate him. Some stories are shared in speeches, and others are internal stories shared only to the reader.Francis [...]

    7. The mystery of the death of Francis Sancher takes place in the small village of Riviere au Sel. While there is no point of view from Sancher himself the reader can expect to learn about him through his interactions with the different characters in the novel. Along with telling Sancher’s story and their relationship and/or encounter with him each character tells their own. Maryse Conde uses the literary technique “stream of consciousness” where the character’s stories start from a memory [...]

    8. Maryse Conde’s Crossing the Mangrove is a real look into culture and diversity. What begins with a mysterious death of a man little knew much about, Francis Sancher, quickly turns into a collection of separate dialogue by the rest of the characters in the town. The story begins with Mademoiselle Timothee’s account of finding Francis Sancher face down in a path through the jungle on the outskirts of the small village of Riviere au Sel. Different accounts begin to piece together a cloudy pictu [...]

    9. Crossing The Mangrove is a unique book that will draw the reader in and fascinates with the unique way the story is doled out to the reader. Instead of a traditional method of storytelling through a main character or a narrator, Maryse Condé starts off the book with the dead body of the main character being stumbled upon. Francis Sancher, we find out, became the focus of a small town in Guadeloupe. The story is told by using a method that paints a picture of Sancher through the eyes of differe [...]

    10. Maryse Conde’s novel Crossing the Mangrove is a murder mystery, set to the tune of traditions and culture of Guadeloupe. The story takes place in Riviere au Sel, a small Caribbean village, after the body of Francis Sancher is discovered. Sancher is a mysterious outsider of the community who is not well liked and even hated by some. The news of his death does not surprise many in the community. Not much is known of or about Francis Sancher, and that is ultimately what makes the community dislik [...]

    11. "Crossing the Mangrove" by Maryse Conde was a great and easy read for me. I brought the book, started reading it, and didn’t stop until I finished. Maryse Conde did a good job of incorporating different cultures and languages into the book. However, this made the book kind of difficult to follow along at first. The plot of the book was engaging and interesting, the characters had interesting backstories, and I liked trying to figure out the mystery behind the death of Francis Sancher, a man wh [...]

    12. Crossing the Mangrove by Marse Conde, is a novel that dives deep into cultural values of Gadeloupe from the eyes of its inhabitants. The stories are brought from the death of a Francis Sanchez, who is a mysterious inhabitant of the island. The various islanders give insightful stories that present a real insight to the culture of Guadeloupe. Various themes are shown throughout the book. One in particular is theme of arranged marriage. Arranged marriages are described through various stories told [...]

    13. It starts with a death; the mysterious stranger who came to the little Guadeloupan town years earlier is found dead, the entire town comes to his wake - his enemies, his mistresses, his friends - and all have their own image of him. It's not miles from Mahfouz's Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth in that way; the truth about a man nobody really knew is different for everyone. The question who killed him soon becomes so irrelevant that I find myself realising after I've put the book down that I forgot a [...]

    14. "The people of Riviere au Sel hate strangers. They hate them so much they'll say anything about them."(pg.175).If your desire is to know about different cultures, how they live, believe, and achieve; you will want to read Conde's “Crossing the Mangrove”. Threw her created character Francis Sancher, we learn much about Conde's very own homeland. A stranger that travels to River au Sel leaves feelings of love and hate, after he is found dead lying in a mud path. At his funeral questions are ra [...]

    15. In the small village of Riviere au Sel the life of Francis Sancher was mysteriously cut short when he was found dead. The story of Francis Sancher is told through the eyes of different characters that attended his wake leaving the reader to sift through perceptions to piece together the facts. As each character tells their story a little bit of their back ground is intertwined with their encounters and relationships with Francis Sancher.He was disliked, despised, and/or possibly feared by most i [...]

    16. This beautifully written novel, with a unique writing style, is sure to captivate the attention of any curious mind. The distinctive style used by Maryse Conde depicts Francis Sancher, the foreign character residing in Riviere au Sel, in a multitude of ways. Everyone has something to say about him and his cryptic death. Conde enables the audience, not only to learn of each character’s personal memories with Francis, but also gain a better understanding of the life behind Caribbean culture and [...]

    17. Maryse Conde’s Crossing the Mangrove is a contemporary story about the lives of the people of the rural Caribbean community of Riviere au Sel, Guadeloupe and how their ancestry, culture, and lives are intertwined after a long history of colonialism. Francis Sancher, a handsome stranger, arrives in Riviere au Sel quietly enough but through his friendships, sexual exploits, strange stories, and secretive nature he turns the community upside down. He is loved by some but hated by many so it is no [...]

    18. This book is a set of stories influenced by the beliefs and culture of the story tellers, and these narratives are the sole source of getting to know the main character. The first story starts with Mademoiselle Timothee, a retired school teacher who finds the dead body of Francis Sancher. The mysterious death is sought to not have happened naturally, and an insight to the decease’s life is gained by the narratives told by the inhabitants of Riviere au Sel. In the stories told the reader learns [...]

    19. The mysterious death of Francis Sancher on the island of Guadeloupe is the backbone for the novel Crossing the Mangrove by Maryse Conde. A novel of characters that is intertwined with artful descriptions of island mosaics, that bring to live this beautiful piece of literature. Maryse Conde's knowledge of the world is revealed even within the context of this small island, where such characters as Moise the postman describe the foundation of their backgrounds, that included travels around America. [...]

    20. Maryse Conde is a brilliant author and exhibits one of the widest ranges of writing I have ever seen. This novel was absolutely amazing. I have to admit its structure and wording were a constant challenge but it was also one of its greatest aspects. The main character is Francis Sancher and the novel begins with his death. As the funeral is taking place each character is reminiscing on their lives and how Francis fit in to them. As each character tells their story the reader slowly gains another [...]

    21. Crossing The Mangrove is a beautifully written novel in respect to its unique structure. Maryse Condé provides insight into the Guadeloupian community through the discussion of Francis Sancher, an outsider, after his death. The Créole townspeople gather at a Wake to share stories of Sancher in an attempt to learn more about his character and who he truly was. The many stories of the townspeople mold and flow together in order to form this novel and attempt to resolve its initial questioning of [...]

    22. Crossing the Mangrove by Maryse Conde is a novel that tells mostly about Caribbean culture while being wrapped in an intriguing murder mystery. The story takes place in a small town in Guadeloupe and begins immediately with the discovery of Francis Sancher’s dead body. Francis was an outsider to the community and was disliked by most of the townspeople. However, each chapter tells a different story about Francis, and the reader starts to put together the different pieces of his life. This nove [...]

    23. Maryse Conde’s Crossing the Mangrove provides readers with interesting glimpses into the Guadeloupian culture. Conde’s main character, Francis Sancher, is actually dead; he was a mysterious man who caused a great deal of speculation during his life and especially after his death. The story is a collection of tales of the islanders who were impacted by Sancher. Many discuss who the dead man actually was; some believed him to be a doctor, some a drug dealer, and some a writer. Some even specul [...]

    24. The book “Crossing The Mangrove” by Maryse Conde was written about Conde's native land and the culture of the people. The book focuses on a small village named Riviere au Sel and their experiences with an outsider named Francis Sancher. The people of the village did not really have any knowledge of who Francis was or what he was doing in there. As a result of an unfortunate event the villagers come together and reveal various vivid and interesting about their encounters with the mysterious m [...]

    25. Crossing the mangrove is a compelling novel by Maryse Conde. In it, Conde explores how the people in a small village in Guadeloupe view the same man. After Francis Sancher’s confusing and suspicious death, all of the townspeople reflect on their memories of the mysterious man. What is so beautiful about this novel was how many different characters we are introduced to. In general, I dislike novels in which the story is only told from one characters point of view. Naturally, I loved the fact th [...]

    26. Crossing the Mangrove is a beautifully written piece by Maryse Conde about a small village in Guadeloupe and all of the gossip that goes along with it. Francis Sancher, a rich, mysterious, womanizing, stranger that shows up out of the blue and takes over the well-known Alexis house that is said to be haunted. He is known of by all of Riviere au Sel’s inhabitants and is loved by some and hated by others and is found dead in the mud. During the traditional Caribbean wake, the villagers of Rivier [...]

    27. Crossing the Mangrove is a book centered around a mysterious man named Francis Sancher in Riviere Au Sel, Guadeloupe. Riviere Au Sel is a village that inhabits numerous races, ethnicities, beliefs, and customs. As the reader, you are introduced to Francis Sancher posthumously at his wake. It is during this wake that the reader learns about the man that Francis Sancher was and his relationships with all the people of Riviere Au Sel are shown through the dialogues by each of the characters. In the [...]

    28. Crossing the Mangrove was a delightful read…the second time around. At first, I was put off by the Creole style and word choice. However, at second pass, I was able to appreciate the rich history and culture Conde was trying to convey. There were many wonderful components to the story—I almost want to call it a love story. Francis Sancher was not a very well liked man in the community, yet he had an impact on every single person he encountered—some because of him and most in spite of him. [...]

    29. One day in the quiet and contained city of Riviere au Sel, a mysterious stranger moves into a house in the village long thought to be haunted by the locals. The mans name is Francis Sancher and he has come to Riviere au Sel in an effort to find refuge from a curse that has plagued his family for decades. Francis makes acquaintance with some of the villagers and is hated by others, and the superstitious people soon begin to polarize on their perception of him. One day Sancher is found dead on a p [...]

    30. Someone killed Francis Sancher and do you want to know who? Crossing the Mangrove by Maryse Conde is the book you need to read to find out “Who did it”, but what you will soon come to learn is; is there anyone who did not want to do it? Based in Guadeloupe this book opens with the body of Francis Sancher being found face down in a pool of blood and the LONG wake that follows. Interesting, colorful and fascinating characters fill the chapters with their own accounts of their personal interact [...]

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