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I chose this story is because I have been married to a Nigerian for the past fourteen years and I can remember all the horrible stories I was told of why I should not marry him One that stuck in my mind is the total disregard for women that these men are said to possess Needless to say this type of behavior did not occur in my relationship since after fourteen years we are still married But the treatment of Third World women did fascinate me and being a Muslim woman myself I wanted to get a feel of what Muslim women of other cultures had to endure So Long a Letter is a sequence of reminiscences some wistful some bitter recounted by Senegalese school teacher Ramatoulaye who has recently been widowed In a letter to her friend Aissatou Ramatoulaye wrote of her emotional struggle to regain her life after her husbands Modou abrupt decision to take a second wife Although sanctioned by the laws of Islam Modous action is a calculated betrayal of her trust and abrupt rejection of their life together In the novel the act of polygamy and its aftermath was the main focus The main characters Ramatoulaye husband decided to take on a second wife without her knowledge Ramatoulaye was a school teacher in her fifties trying to cope with pressures of dealing with a husband and twelve children Aissautou knew all too well what Ramatoulaye was experiencing she also had to deal with this heartbreaking ordeal when her husband decided to take on a second wife But unlike Ramatoulaye this did not sit well with Aissatou Despite her Islamic background she decided to leave the village and her problem behind Ramatoulaye witnessing the suffering of her good friend never thought it would happen to her until that fateful day when she received a visit from some of her husbands friends and family informing
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