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The Poor Christ of Bomba by Mongo Beti

The Poor Christ of Bomba (1956)

by Mongo Beti

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The narrator being a largely passive character in this book, the main character in practice is Father Drumont. Unfortunately the narrative never conveys a clear picture of what Father Drumont is like: is he the type of priest we would be lucky to have more of, as the opening suggests, or is he a priest who is dangerously ignorant to things occurring right under his nose, as the ending revealed? Is he kind and charitable, or does he harangue the Christians for church dues and beat women to get them to speak? All of these features are present in Drumont, and while it might have been Beti's intention to show the contradictions and mixed role plaid by the white power structure and the church in Africa, in practice it means that as a character Drumont feels muddled. ( )
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This novel is a biting critique of colonial life and missionary activity.

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