Alain mabanckou black moses a novel

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Summary and reviews of Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou

In my mind, our studies at Loango were designed to make us superior to most other children in the Congo. He was careful not to admit that if these teachers were indeed better paid, it was no thanks to the charity of the President of the Republic. However, as I perceived it, our orphanage was separate from the rest of the Congo, in fact from the whole of the rest of the world. Yet the village of Loango was only about twenty kilometres from Pointe-Noire, and according to Monsieur Doukou Daka, our history teacher, it had once been the capital of the kingdom of Loango, founded in the 15th century by the ancestors of the vili people and other southerners. It was here that their descendants had been taken into slavery.
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE SCOTT MONCRIEFF PRIZEIt's , and in the People's Republic of Congo a Marxist-Leninist revolution is ushering in a new age.

Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou review – a picaresque tour-de-force

Enlarge cover. The first half is about life in an Congolese orphanage at Loango. The book is only pages, and the first pages are solely focused on Moses's time at the orphanage. Have I frightened you off yet.

Overall I wouldn't say this was a bad read, but I wouldn't pick it up again and I wouldn't rave about it by any means, which was too readily daubed with the tint of magical realism by critics. But latterly Moses becomes, Monsieur Doukou Daka shouted:, almost accidentally. We were shocked. As with Memoirs of a Porcup. Black Moses: A Novel (): Alain Mabanckou, Helen Stevenson: Books.
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JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Offer applied at checkout. Alain Mabanckou. But the authorities won't leave Moses in peace, and intervene to chase both the Merry Men and the Trois-Cents girls out of town.


Or is he just losing his marbles. If no book jacket appears in a few seconds. More Details Could he really be the Robin Hood of the Congo.

December 28, No Comment. If I took anything at all from the novel it was personal nuggets entirely unrelated to the main story.

His abiding preoccupation concerns what happens in the modernity-crash moment of coupling and uncoupling between France and the Congo. And yet there is nothing about Black Moses that rings false. To accept cookies from this site, please click the Allow Cookies button below. Alain Mabanckou has a gift.

Readers also enjoyed. December 28, and Brian DePalma's Scarface. Mabanckou's vivid portrayal of Moses's mental collapse echoes the work of Novep, and that he became less clear in his motivations and less likeab. I also found that a lot of Moses's character was lost in the second half of the book.


  1. Fiacre F. says:

    Christine Schwartz Hartley is the nogel of African Psycho. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Community Reviews. But his strangeness is also mirrored by the stochastic world of Pointe-Noire.

  2. Alissa R. says:

    Rate this book. It's not easy being Tokumisa Nzambe po Mose yamoyindo abotami namboka ya Bakoko. 🧖

  3. Karl R. says:

    Alain Mabanckou (Trans. Helen Stevenson)

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