The Purple Violet of Oshaantu Paperback
Part of the Heinemann African Writers Series series
This is the story of a woman who refuses to mourn her husband's death.
The village knew she was an unhappy wife, but she is still expected to weep and speak the praises of her husband.
Her story reveals the value of friendship between women, based on liking rather than traditional beliefs.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
- Publication Date: 01/10/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780435912086
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Review by tmostman
Two women from different domestic situations: Kauna is married to a man who beats her and treats her physically and mentally unbelievably. And Ali is married to a great man who treats her wonderfully, so wonderfully that he has family members worried that Ali has him "under her thumb". A feminist approach to different marital situations and a call to action and awareness of women's experience in Namibia.When Ali hears Kauna let out a chilling scream, she believes her husband is again beating her. When she arrives at her home, she finds Kauna's husband dead. He was not ill, so the number one suspect is Kauna. She comes under more suspicion when she does not mourn the loss of her husband - but how can one blame her? Married to a man who hates her, beats her and does not love her. His death was a kind of divorce for her, free of him - how can she mourn that? However, the rest of the society does not see it that way.