CHEIKH HAMIDOU KANE was born in in Mataru in Senegal. Having started at a Koranic school he eventually went to read philosophy and law at the. Ambiguous adventure [Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Katherine Woods] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A modern African political revolutionary. Ambiguous Adventure has ratings and 68 reviews. Orsodimondo said: DIO NON È UN GENITORE Il Cavaliere affida suo figlio Samba Diallo a Thierno, ma.

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What must have been the misbehavior of those who believe in God if, at the end of their reign over the world the name of God should arouse the resentment of the starving?

Moreover, some of the monologues were too long and sometimes hard to follow. A young Diallobe boy who is among the first children of his village to attend a European school during the colonization a of Senegal.

I do not know of another book that so richly and respectfully describes a culture very different from our Western Amazon-dot-com based culture. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. A story of the colonized versus the colonizers–West vs. View all 4 comments. His experience with the West exposes him to a new way of thought, one that is secure in its own superiority and chikh things only for their practical utility.


African Writers Series, Book Paperback: The social order that allows for the ruling class of the protagonists society to live their life in communion with the Infinite is likely one that does not reward a large group of people either spiritually or materially. Heart wrenching and tragic and very well written. A part of me considered This story has been told before and will, I have no kaje, be told again.


Because this seems to overshadow the setting and characters, at times the people in the book feel very removed and distant.

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Jan 24, Nick Duretta rated it liked it. To me, this is profound, and I was reminded of Du Bois as I read that passage–“one ever feels his twoness A timely book, full of sensitive commentary on an aristocratic African culture. Oct 04, Nikhil rated it it was ok Shelves: What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Apr 22, Emily rated it really liked it. So Long a Letter.

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This hybrid could be an uncomplete metamorphosis and then shame results and one hides one’s self out of shame. The more he learns of the Western world, the less he associates himself with his Muslim faith and his cultural tradition.

Living in Paris, Samba feels a spiritual loss and a sense of disconnection from his land and people—even from his understanding of death. See all 17 reviews. The countries are fictitious but the struggle isn’t.


This book follow his journey as he tries to form his own values. One of the first African novels to really capture the tension between a young Senegalese immigrant who forsakes his own culture at the request of his family for an education at the hands of the Europeans who are gaining control of their land. The protagonist struggles to preserve his dying native African heritage, in the face of an allegedly soulless French culturo-economic milieu, which he finds disenchanting, but can’t escape.

The Europeans look to be part of the inevitable future, but he is also drawn to his African roots and the past. He feels he has lost his being and connection with the world: First the protagonist is at a Koranic school. Product details Paperback Publisher: Thus, he is also out of sorts with his own people. It seems like the author didn’t answer any of the questions he raised in the book, and the only interpretation of it is too simplistic in my opinion. He is not one of those who don’t recognize their elders and their heritage after learning from the French; instead, he finds himself torn between the two.