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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Remember me on this computer. PGreads rated it it was amazing Jan 03, Wangrin is a rogue and an operator, hustling both the colonial French and his own people. If the reader only reads the story and skips the forward and afterward, he or she will likely leave the reading missing the entire point of the story.

Which he did, enriching himself in the process. The story is well told and shines a light on a culture and a social and administrative structure. Inhe was elected to UNESCO’s executive council, and in he helped establish a unified system for the transcription of African languages. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It has the qualities of a good storyteller telling the story of their own life: It is a wonderful introduction to colonial rule as experienced by Africans, and in particular, to the rule of African middlemen.

Your request to send this item has been completed. Biography, Document, Internet resource Document Type: Thank you all for the great discussion! May 19, Jamila rated it really liked it. I will stop writing here to avoid boring people to death, please let me know what your thoughts are.

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The Fortunes of Wangrin

Had a need to read stories by authors of the African continent. Madame “Good Offices” Ibadan Oyo StateNigeria: 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. Now, to the discussion: Have a look at the latest post — this is the first time I took out a paragraph and tried to dissect it, comparing two writers, a good one and a bad one, in my opinion.

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The fortunes of Wangrin

You already recently rated this item. The fortunes of Wangrin Author: Join our email list. Please see the post for details. No trivia or quizzes yet. This is not real writing, not in this or last century — not in my opinion at least.

A Narrow Escape And Wangrin is certainly an interesting character; the son of a prominent family, he was sent to the colonial school to learn French and worked as an interpreter, which put him in position as the literal and symbolic intermediary between the French colonial administration and the native population, able to play off both sides against each other. Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es.

How can any reality be objective if it only exists through the lens of our perception? Dear freestories, thanks a million for your great post.

New Horn Press, User lists Similar Items. Reading the world in books: The most common thing I hear and that makes fortunew hair stand is about movies since people see much more movies than they read bookswhen people say: Is it ever possible to be anything other than subjective, can you be objective in writing? Often, Wangrin comes across as a very selfish, self-centered man who will stop at nothing to obtain money and fotrunes. Which is interesting case.


Much thanks to Dr. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway. His ideas and the kf he wants to say are great and important, but the way he presents them is not on a high level, it is out-dated and is no match for some of the best writers of his time. For this book Awngrin said it is not real writing because it is a caricature.

This was such a surprising delight.

As to the last comment by SAZ: Customer Reviews Comments There are currently no reviews Write a review on this title. 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.

Undeniably, there are great parts in it. Every single story was told by the people in question or by someone in their circle, either griot, wangrln, or friend. And that is not my main concern. Want to Read saving…. 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 deal with both, the colonial French, and the local population.

A lively work, enriched by interpolated poems and other folk materials.