Waiting for the Waters to Rise by Maryse Condé

Waiting for the Waters to Rise

Maryse Condé with Richard Philcox (Translator)

368 pages first pub 2021 (editions)

fiction literary challenging reflective slow-paced


Babakar is a doctor living alone, with only the memories of his childhood in Mali. In his dreams, he receives visits from his blue-eyed mother and his ex-lover Azelia, both now gone, as are the hopes and aspirations he's carried with him since his...

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Community Reviews Summary of 37 reviews


challenging 64%
reflective 57%
sad 57%
emotional 42%
dark 35%
adventurous 28%
tense 21%
funny 7%
informative 7%
mysterious 7%


medium 50%
slow 42%
fast 7%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 53% | A mix: 38% | Plot: 7%

Strong character development?

Yes: 53% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 23%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 53% | No: 30% | Yes: 15%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 61% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 15%

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