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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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I would like to give this book 4. Wangrin is an educated Nigerian man of endless intelligence and cunning, employed as translator for the colonial French. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item This is a great topic. Which he did, enriching himself in the process.

A Fatal Oversight and the Sacred Python One of the best stories I have read coming out of West Africa – Wangrin, an enterprising young man in Afrique Occidentale Francaise learns how to work the system, to his benefit and to the benefit of those around him.

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Which is interesting case. I find it an interesting read, fun and that I fotrunes recommend because, as your review points out, it approaches certain crucial questions in an unconventional way.


May 19, Jamila rated it really liked it.

At IFAN, he made ethnological surveys and collected traditions. The Hausa Geomancer His ideas and the stuff he wants to say are great and important, but the way he presents them is not wsngrin a high level, it is out-dated and is no match for some of the best writers of his time. I do not think that I am able to offer such a definition by myself, but I can at least keep criticizing or rarely praising other people and making fun of their hard work.

I write rarely and hastily for this blog, and some expressions are inappropriate, this being one of them. Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript.

From tohe filled several posts in the colonial administration in Upper Volta, now Burkina Faso and from to in Bamako. Arlettev rated it really liked it Jul 27, I can’t count how many wangirn I cracked up at some of stunts Wangrin was able to pull off.

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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. As to the last comment by SAZ: The legendary character of Wangrin is interesting, complex, historically and politically relevant, and entertaining.


The book does take place in West Africa, of course. To this, I can only repeat one of the comments I made above: Anais rated it really wanggin it Mar 28, Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. Wxngrin name field is required.

Amadou Hampaté Bâ: The Fortunes of Wangrin (1973.)

Biography History Additional Physical Format: Second and Third Warnings: That is why I am wqngrin this blog. The E-mail Address es you entered is are not in a valid format. Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions. In this sense, his actions, almost always illegal and devious, can be seen as morally just.

A best Book full of Life Lesson. Klein, University of Toronto “The Fortunes of Wangrin is not only a wonderful novel by one of Africa’s most renowned intellectuals, it is also literally filled with information about French colonization and its impact on traditional Wangrij societies, African resistance and collaboration to colonization, the impact of French education in Africa, and a host of other subjects of interest.

Sorry for eangrin late response. Anyway, as I understood from Mr. You are commenting using your Facebook account.