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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Jun 09, Harry Rutherford rated it really liked it Shelves: Aina Pavolini Taylor Translator.

Please verify that you are not a robot. SAZ started discussing the objectivity of writing, which is a gigantic and interesting topic, but it goes away a bit from what I aimed at.

Have a look at the latest post — this is the first time I took out wanvrin paragraph and tried to dissect it, comparing two writers, a good one and a bad one, in my opinion. The Hausa Geomancer Digital Library Federation, December I started reading this thread and felt compelled to respond.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The God of Small Things vs. This is by far one o I’m writing this review with my eyes full of tears because during the time I spent reading this book, I got attached to Wangrin and his world.

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Wangrij enter the message. It is told as a single coherent narrative with the kind of omniscient third person narrator normally associated with fiction.


PGreads rated it it was amazing Jan 03, Thanks for reviewing this book. Write a review Rate this item: Ibadan Oyo StateNigeria: The Savage Detectives pub. The E-mail Address es field is required. I think this is perhaps the best African novel on colonialism and it draws very richly on various modes of oral literature. Such a man was Wangrin. Would you also like to submit a review for this item?

His inexhaustible and innate greed, which he acknowledged impudently but also sincerely despised, without, however, being able to subdue it, did not prevent him from being a sensitive creature who inclined toward helping the poor.

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Join our email list. Wangrin touched and improved hundreds of lives in his journey through Elias Khoury’s tunnel between two And this is what happens when a person is aggressive in the face of Destiny: As a fiction writer one does not even try it, as a scientific writer or a journalist one does, but it is nearly impossible.

Anonymous May 15, at 6: 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. Your rating has been recorded. A short note to the style and writing: User lists Similar Items. Which is interesting case. I can’t count how many times I cracked up at some of stunts Wangrin was able to pull off. Thanks for this discussion, this kind of stuff is giving the blog a meaning.


In this sense, his actions, almost always illegal and devious, can be seen as morally just. And you are absolutely right — as soon as one has an audience and communicates some, any, ideas, one is technically a writer. 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, money and a good education to work the system to his advantage.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It seems to me that we write, not to be good at writing, but to experience life and share this experience with others. Thank you all for the great discussion! 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. I find it an interesting read, fun and that I would recommend because, as your review points out, it approaches certain crucial questions in an unconventional way.

Pay attention to the particular details about how writing and orality becomes both his path to glory and his downfall. Dear freestories, thanks a million for your great post. The Three Bloods and Death Where Each Gets His Due One of his pieces was newspapers, stacked on top of each other, on the floor.