The Fortunes of Wangrin Amadou Hampaté Bâ [note special accents on the “e” in Hampate and “a” Ba not correctly reproduced here―see ms.] Translated by. Click on map for a larger display; the map source is the Yale University Library In the novel “L’étrange destin de Wangrin ou les roueries d’un interprète africain”. The Fortunes of Wangrin. Translated by Aina. Pavolini Taylor. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. pp. Cloth. $, ISBN

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Many of the stories about Wangrin are drawn from oral sources, but in the hands of the gifted veteran Malian scholar and writer these materials become transformed through the power of artistic imagination and license. The style suits the story brilliantly. It is a mature and realistic work, in that it presents Wangrin, a caricature of a man caught in this tumultuous times, as someone who finds ways and tricks to fortunew with both, the colonial French, and the local population.

Wangrin is a fascinating character. Same technique as used in visual arts, when a caricature artist draws a huge nose when portraying a person who has a slightly bigger nose.

Search WorldCat Find items in libraries ot you. Discussions regarding objective versus subjective realities always interest me. The Three Bloods and Death The Beginning of a Career 5. He is not the only African author to use an oral story-telling style; he does use it better than others I have read. L’histoire et le parcours de Wangrin en soit sont admirables et passionnants.

A Narrow Escape Second and Third Warnings: Jul 27, Marcia Letaw rated it it was amazing. Return to Book Page. His position between the French and the Africans makes this book a fascinating look into the functioning of colonial life; one of the more striking things for me was how thin the layer of bureaucracy seems to have been: The comparison with de Sade is entirely inappropriate, I know, but this is purely talking style here.


I will stop writing wangrim to avoid boring people to death, please let me know foetunes your thoughts are.

It is interesting to see how the colonial system works, particularly when it doesn’t work as intended, as in this book and probably quite often in practice. Which he did, enriching himself in the process.

The Fortunes of Wangrin

The story of Wangrin is truly a beautiful story which is at the same time educational, intriguing, funny, and sad, and the author does a great job introducing the reader to the world, and developing the characters while staying very entertaining. That is why I am doing this blog. Digital Library Federation, December The problem is not that the French were ruthless slavemasters who wxngrin their subordinates, the major problem was that they were regular people who ruled these vast areas of Africa with certain ideas that were not bad, perhapsbut that they were ill-informed, under-educated, with limited knowledge of local customs and languages, and that in general thet were unable to have an productive impact on the lands.

Thanks for this discussion, this kind of stuff is giving the blog a meaning.

Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: His ambition for fame and wealth knows no limits, but neither do his abilities. Pretty Doe of the Markets English View all editions and formats Rating: As a document, it is great. The E-mail Address es field is required.

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This is an entertaining and fast-moving tale of a colonial West-African translator who uses his charm, political skills, guile and everything else at his disposal most importantly, pf and a good education to work the system to his advantage. I would like to give this book 4. My summation of the key discussion points thus far please correct any inaccurate reductions and clarify any misunderstandings:.


In my view, the search for great quality is meaningful for the seeker, but trapping quality in finite definitions may anchor it to a lifeless sea floor like a wwangrin wearing concrete boots. Eva Drm rated it liked it Mar 14, In this sense, his actions, almost always illegal and devious, can be seen as morally just.

Like “Casablanc This is an entertaining and fast-moving tale of a colonial West-African translator who uses frotunes charm, political skills, guile and everything else at his disposal most importantly, money and a good education to work the system to his advantage. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

I do believe that he was lf Nigerian origin. The author tells his life story in a style which uses the oral history tradition of the indigenous population rather than as a European style biography. A great comment, thanks. Patricia rated it liked it Jan 04, Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The Fortunes of Wangrin by Amadou Hampâté Bâ

And that was the only piece that made some kind of sense! The name field is required. Master and use copy. Grace Fisher rated it really liked it Feb 04, Please re-enter wanbrin e-mail address es. Rihana Diabo rated it it was amazing Aug 08, The language is rich, but the way the plot develops reminded me of two books: Posted on May 8, by aboutwriting 9 Comments.