French title: L’aventure ambiguë; Translated by Katherine Woods; Awarded the Grand Prix de l’Afrique Noir. – Return to top of the page -. : L’aventure Ambigue (French Edition) (): Hamidou Cheikh Kane: Books. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , D. Murphy and others published Review: Cheikh Hamidou Kane: ‘L’Aventure ambigue’ }.

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June Click [show] for important translation instructions. It’s not an even playing field, as the author clearly sides with tradition — which in this case is almost entirely based in religion.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Diallo’s “elderly cousin”, a sort of family matriarch called the Most Royal Lady, believes that the children should learn from the invaders: The second part is the set largely in Paris, where Diallo goes to university — though the same issues still hanut him.

For man’s welfare and happiness we must acenture the presence and ambitue guarantee of God. When they return from the school, there may be those who will not recognize us. It’s an ugly message and an ugly illusion.

Ambiguous Adventure – Cheikh Hamidou Kane

There’s a certain elegance to much of this Ambiguous Adventurebut the novel is also too simplistic in its message — and too focussed on the religious. This page was last edited on 14 Augustat Teaches him to recite the Koran by the sacred fire in his hut. The first part of the book describes what is essentially this battle for the youth’s mind and soul.


Diallo’s background and biography is, in its outlines, very similar to Kane’s. The school in which I would place our children will kill in them what today we love and rightly conserve with care. Man has never been so unhappy as at this moment when he is accumulating so much. Ambiguous Adventure – UK. This article about an African novel is a stub. L’ambigua avventura – Italia.

Articles to be expanded from June All articles to be expanded Culture articles needing translation from French Wikipedia Books with missing cover All stub articles. Diallo’s religious teacher sees only the one way: So the decision is made to send Diallo there, a radical change from the religious education he had been receiving until then.


Cheikh Hamidou Kane L’Aventure ambiguë

The book does hold out hope for true enlightenment and salvation in a last chapter after Diallo has blacked out — but it is only in what must be presumed to be his death that liberation from mundane matters and all that is terrible about our earth-bound existence can be found: The chief’s sister and a relative of Samba Diallo, she pushes for him to attend the French school in order to learn “how to conquer without being right.

Ambiguous Adventure by Cheikh Hamidou Kane. Ambiguous Adventure – US. But he is grateful that he at least has an awareness of “the reality of a non-Western universe” and he pities those who don’t have it, alienated without anything to fall back on a Sartrean alienation perhaps not being so unusual avenutre the France of that time.


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The story begins when Diallo is a youngster and a student at a Koranic school, the Glowing Hearth. 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.

There, he loses touch with his Islamic faith and his Senegalese roots. The complete review ‘s Review:.

Education is also at the centre of change, and one of the issues facing the locals is whether or not to send their children to the foreigners’ schools. View a machine-translated version of the French article.

The Most Royal Lady recognizes the risks in sending the boy and others like him off to such schools: Diallo deludes himself into believing: Senegalese novels novels French-language novels African Writers Series Senegal stubs s novel stubs African novel stubs.

This article about a s novel is a stub. A smart boy, he impresses his teacher greatly “What purity! He reads Pascal “Of the men of the West, he is certainly the most reassuring” and thinks he sees some positives in the advancements brought by European avwnture.