The year is 1797, and the kingdom of Segu is flourishing, fed by the wealth of its noblemen and the power of its warriors. The people of Segu, the Bambara, are guided by their griots and priests; their lives are ruled by the elements. But even their soothsayers can only hint at the changes to come, for the battle of the soul of Africa has begun. From the east comes a new religion, Islam, and from the West, the slave trade.Based on actual events, Conde’s glittering epic Segu transports the reader to a fascinating time in history, capturing the earthy spirituality, religious fervor, and violent nature of a people and a growing nation trying to cope with jihads, national rivalries, racism, amid the vagaries of commerce.
The reading group provides a free, friendly and gentle environment in which opinions are shared and new appreciations can be discovered. There is wine, curious minds and relaxed conversation. Come and join our warm bookish group – all are welcome. We usually start at 8pm, but just for the cold dark month of January we’ll run the reading group from 7-8!
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“Rich and colorful and glorious. It sprawls over continents and centuries to find its way into the reader’s heart” – Maya Angelou