Author: Ahmadou Kourouma. Genre: Novel French title: Les Soleils des indépendances; Translated by Adrian Adams; Awarded the Prix de la Francité and the. The disinherited heir of Dumbuya royalty, Fama ekes out a living using his status to beg at ceremonies, and through the efforts of his wife Salimata. into English Ahmadou Kourouma’s Les Soleils des Indépendances() as The Suns of. Independence() and Ousmane Sembène’s Le.
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Please can i have the novel in PDF format? It is very very important for me. Lists with This Book. Jun 06, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: Based on the title of this book, I expected a triumphal story of an African country becoming independent of colonial rule. We see Fama, a man clinging to the past honor of his family line, but also seeing the present degeneration and insignificance of his tribe in a brave new world. Alongside him is his wife Salimata: The book also deals with the layered nature of spirituality in the West African experience.
On the surface, the characters live the lives of good Muslims, their days divided by calls to prayer and their speech and greetings peppered with references to Allah and his mercy.
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ej Yet when faced with desperate circumstances, the older pagan practices seep through, and we find the characters wondering whether the older paths of sorcery and fetishes might not hold more ees over their daily lives. In so many postcolonial and civil rights writings, authors speak of the damage done by associating the colors of skin with attributes of morality and value.
So I found it surprising to find deceit described as people having souls blacker than their skin and words whiter than their teeth.
Kourouma makes bold use of color and physical attributes in his descriptions, and uses numerous references from the animal kingdom to make the tale seem almost fable-like. Ultimately, this book is about the end of an age.
: The Suns of Independence (): Ahmadou Kourouma, Adrian Adams: Books
About how people and traditions can come through such changes as mere ghosts of themselves, blinking in the sunlight of an unrecognizable world.
Aug 24, Czarny Pies rated it liked it Recommended to Czarny by: Les lecteurs qui aiment les protagonistes comestibles. On les lit par sens de devoir et non pour le plaisir que on y trouve.
There are a few topics that are difficult to read about such as excision and rape. However, it is also difficult to read about how colonization and then decolonization has changed the lives of those who were kouroumma colonial rule. I’m happy to be learning more about African culture even if there are some touchy subjects.
I think that if you want to learn about African culture, this shouldn’t be the only book you read because there is a lot to learn. Nov 13, Mark York rated it really liked it Shelves: Kourouma capte bien la vie d’un pay africain et les dynamiques entre les grandes villes et le monde rural. Avec une langue bien vivante, il parle a travers les yeux d’un prince d’un village, et aussi sa femme. C’est une histoire de la colonisation, l’independance, et les effects imprevisible de ses transitions.
Il parle aussi de la resistance du peuple africain. Ca vaut vraiment la peine de lire ce livre. What I loved in Kourouma’s first novel is the well-woven evocation, from inside the heads of the two characters, of the broad and complex transformations happening upon independence in West Africa more precisely Ivory Coast I assume.
The two characters are touching in their struggle and kokrouma insignificance, as they try to maintain a destiny that they do not realize is now archaic. This makes their endeavors hilarious at times, but also gives them a lot of trouble.
The main character is Fam What I loved in Kourouma’s first novel is the well-woven evocation, from inside the oourouma of the two indepndances, of the ce and complex transformations happening upon independence in West Africa more precisely Ivory Coast I assume.
The main character is Fama by the way, an older man who should have continued a line of Doumbouya princes, but you don’t live off ahmqdou during the “suns of independences” and he is reduced to odd jobs, torment, anger and helplessness.
The minor character is his wife, who shows a much more practical capacity at keeping the household afloat, but who is utterly obsessed by her religious duty to give a child to Fama despite one of them being quite clearly sterile and showing no less zeal independannces resorting independnces all the available tricks of superstition.
It is a little regrettable that we do not have more parts following Soulimata after the first few, but Kourouma has more than just his characters’ story ssoleil tell.
The tragedy is rather the one of the country, in the now well-known decolonial narrative: Kourouma sees it well, it is all too obvious, so he happily keeps it there, obvious but in the background, and keeps his focus on the significance of his characters small lives: I found okurouma second part a little incomplete or cut short, it is rather anti-climatic.
But Kourouma manages to build an admirable and poetic, almost heroic tale of tentative rise-and-fall futile and hopeless though it is in three parts with a grumbling old character that is not particularly likable.
Jun 06, Berta Kaisr rated it liked it. Oct 09, Isa rated it liked it. Nov 16, Gwendolyn rated it liked it Shelves: J’ai lu ce livre pour un cours de l’Afrique et la diaspora francophone. J’ai aime les parties de l’histoire de Salimata, mais les autres parties sont comme ci comme ca. Si j’ai une bonne indeendances du livre, pour moi c’est que maintenant j’ai plus d’interesse dans les sujets de l’Afrique francophone et les droits de l’homme.
Desole si mon francais n’est pas tres bien, c’est pas ma langue maternelle.
I loved the parts about Salim J’ai lu ce livre pour un cours de l’Afrique et la diaspora francophone. I loved the parts about Salimata’s story, but the other parts were just so-so. If one good thing came of this book, it’s that now I am much more interested in the subjects relating to French Africa and human rights.
Jan 24, LDB rated it liked it. This was an interesting look indpendances one man’s experience with ahmado vs modern life and the transition to independence. It evokes the mythical connections to past ancestors and native ahmado in contrast to the political upheaval that was starting to change society in many overt and subtle ways.
Aug 25, Ivete added it. I did’nt have time to fully read all four books. I don’t know how I finished it, but I did. I can’t give my opinion on the quality of the writing because it was translated into brazilian portuguese.
The way the story is told is so raw and makes the experience of reading the book brutal. I felt my stomach turn a few times. Reviewed by The Complete Dss.
Feb 24, Rachel Baker rated it liked it Shelves: Maybe because this is satirical, it is harder to connect with the characters. Feb 27, Nechesa Mabwa added it. Good read, good reflection on Africa, then and now.
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Ahmadou Kourouma, November 24, — December 11, was an Ivorian novelist.
Obituary: Ahmadou Kourouma | Books | The Guardian
Raised by his uncle, he initially pursued studies in Bamako, Mali. From towhen his country was still under French colonial control, he participated in French military campaigns in Indochina, after which h Ahmadou Kourouma, November 24, — December 11, was an Ivorian novelist. From towhen his country was still under French colonial control, he participated in French military campaigns in Indochina, after which he journeyed to France to study mathematics in Lyon.
In the English-speaking world, Kourouma has yet to make much of an impression: Books by Ahmadou Kourouma.
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