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Who Slashed Celanire's Throat?: A Fantastical Tale (2000)

by Maryse Condé

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This book was phenomenal! The author begins with a subtle Celanire who is yet mysterious to everyone. No one knows why there is always some type of ever present neckband/choker around her neck. Celanire is known as an "oblate" dedicated to God and the Catholic religion but not devoted enough to be a nun. She was sent to remote African village to assist the director of an orphanage. Upon her arrival the director dies. This is only the beginning of many horrible deaths that seem to be associated with Celanire's presence. Everywhere she goes she brings good and evil. She has a presence that brings everything and everyone to an abrupt stop.

The characters in this book were simply epic. They are extremely complex and weaved together by one common thread, Celanire. The only other author that I have read that develops characters such as Maryse Conde is Edward P. Jones. They give you the history of the character upon their initial introduction and then put you right back in the present without you ever being getting lost. Very hard technique to master without losing the reader.

Beside the characters being so captivating the landscapes, animals, flowers, and architecture have you feeling like you were right in the midst of them. Seriously, I really don't know who was telling the story that never seemed to be concrete. The language was little hard at times there were a lot of French terms. This book was based on evil and revenge and how it comes full circle. ( )
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Cette histoire est inspirée d'un fait divers. À la Guadalupe, en 1995, un bébé fut trouvé, la gorge tranchée, sur un tas d'ordures. Les imaginations allèrent bon train à travers le pays. La mienne, comme les autres.
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For Raky, who will not take the trouble to read me
Pour Racky, qui ne me lira pas
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This was not the first time the Reverend Father Huchard, a long-standing member of the African Missionary Society in Lyons, had landed on these shores.
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On one hand, beautiful Celanire -- a woman mutilated at birth and left for dead -- appears today to be a saint; she is a tireless worker who has turned numerous neglected institutions into vibrant schools for motherless children. But she is also a woman apprehended by demons, as death and misfortune seem to follow in her wake. Traveling from Guadeloupe to West Africa to Peru, the mysterious, seductive, and disarming Celanire is driven to uncover the truth of her past at any cost and avenge the crimes committed against her.

With her characteristic blend of magical realism and fantasy, and inspired by a true story, Maryse Conde hauntingly imagines Celanire in an unforgettable novel -- a most dazzling addition to the deeply prolific and widely celebrated author's brilliant body of work.

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