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Nervous Conditions is a novel by Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga, first published in the United Kingdom in by the Women's Press. download Summary & Study Guide Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga: Read 5 site Store Reviews - Page 1. Nervous Conditions Click button below to download or read this book Book Details Author: Tsitsi Dangarembga Pages: Binding.

Because of that, I sometimes had very strong and negative reactions to some of the characters in Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga. First published in , Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga, feels very personal because Tambu speaks directly to the reader, so you are right there going through her experiences with her.

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Tambu decides to try to pave her own way to get an education, so she plants maize, doing everything she can to nurture her crop, so she gets a good harvest. But her crops start disappearing, when she discovers that her brother, Nhamo, has been harvesting her crop and giving it away.

Could you like someone like that, who is sabotaging your efforts to better yourself? Nhamo is lazy, ashamed of family, and feels superior, and the family allows him to be that way. Uncle Babamkuru provides the opportunity for Nhamo to get a solid education at a missionary school.

He dies when he is 13 years old, so the opportunity passes on to Tambu, but she subsequently learns that the opportunity to get an education comes with a price. Uncle Babamkuru is well-respected because he studied abroad in the United Kingdom. When Tambu goes to live with her uncle, she realizes that he is wealthier than she thought. This is part of the gender and colonialism themes in Nervous Conditions, where women characters are oppressed because of their gender, and the colonial influences are very visible.

From Zimbabwe and educated in Germany, Dangarembga wanted to expose her children to Africa and returned as an adult. She bases the story in this novel on her own upbringing and it is evident from the opening pages.

Readers meet Tambudzai, a precocious rural African girl who has no future other than living on a Rhodesian homestead with her family until she marries.

Nervous Conditions (by Tsitsi Dangarembga)

Her uncle Babamukara decided his future at age nine when he started school and reached the top of class. Later on a scholarship, he attended secondary school and university in South Africa and later England.

His wife Maiguru has been equally educated, and through their education, the couple become the headmaster and head mistress at a prestigious missionary school in central Rhodesia. It is through this education that Babamukara attempts to uplift his entire family so that they are viewed as the most prestigious members or Rhodesian society.

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It is in this regard that he sponsors the education of Tambudzai's brother Nhambo. As the eldest sibling and only boy, the future hinges on Nhambo to use education to uplift his family away from their primitive conditions.

Like Babamukara's children Nyasha and Chido who have been educated in England and at the missionary school for their entire lives, Nhambo develops a sense of arrogance towards his family, especially toward his younger sisters reminding them that they are girls and that the homestead is their future.

Then, through Tambudzai's narration, Dambarembga writes of the opportunity that Tambudzai gains. At age fourteen, tragedy strikes: at the mission, Nhambo develops the mumps and dies in mere days.

These actions stem from his subservience to anyone that offered him assistance in getting his education. Nyasha's mother.

Maiguru is a well educated woman who is forced to be reliant on her husband, Babamukuru. She is frustrated because while she has the potential to provide for herself, she is prevented from doing so by patriarchial forces.

Babamukuru and Maiguru's son. Because Chido is Babamukuru's son, he received a good education, but he succumbed to the customs of the white colonists.

Babamukuru's brother and Tambu's father. Jeremiah received very little education and is barely able to provide for his family. He acts grateful to Babamukuru for the education he provided his children with.

Mainini sister. Lucia stays relatively unknown during the course of the novel. She is believed to have had many affairs with wealthy men. She is a very independent woman, and is determined to educate herself and not fall into the normal roles of women in her society. Tambu's mother.

After Nhamo's death, when Tambu goes to the mission, she becomes very resentful of Babamukuru for taking another one of her children to his school. Tambu's brother. As the eldest son in the family, Nhamo is chosen to go to the mission school.

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After being at the school, he feels he is superior to the rest of his family, and takes no part in their daily tasks. Eventually, he starts going home from the mission less and less until his death.

Gender and patriarchal oppression encompass one major theme expressed in the novel. The Rhodesian female characters are oppressed on the basis of gender, and this is a driving force behind many of the story arcs in the novel. Colonialism is another major theme in the novel - it is another driving force behind many of the plot points, including the fixation on Western education and Nyasha's internal struggles with race and colonialism.

Additionally, Tambu's trajectory starting with her early education and ending with her acceptance at the nun's school reveals the colonial nature of that scholarship, since the African students were not treated the same as the white Western students. Nervous Conditions has mostly received positive reviews, making it a prominent African and Rhodesian literary work.

It has been praised both within and outside of Africa as a prominent contribution and advocate of African feminism and post-colonialism. The novel has been described as an "absorbing page-turner" by The Bloomsbury Review , "another example of a bold new national literature" by the African Times and "a unique and valuable book" by Booklist.Linked Data More info about Linked Data.

Nyasha, unfortunately, by the time she reaches puberty is more English than African and some of her disdain for primitive Africa has rubbed off on Tambudzai. You already recently rated this item. First published in , Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga, feels very personal because Tambu speaks directly to the reader, so you are right there going through her experiences with her.

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