J. R Little. Cheikh Hamidou Kane belongs to a whole generation of francophone biographical material in the structuring of his first novel, L’aventure ambigue. L’aventure ambigue is an interesting book that tells the story of Samba Diallo. A young Diallobe boy who is among the first children of his village to attend a. L’aventure Ambiguë De Cheikh Hamidou Kane [Ambigue] has 2 ratings and 0 reviews: 95 pages.

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He believes if he becomes a “hybrid” then there will be shame. Ambiguous Adventure remains a book of both historic and literary interest, but it’s religious focus is a terrible limitation — though given resurgent fundamentalism of Christian, Muslim, and other sorts Kane may merely be expressing what are again widely-held sentiments.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. So the decision is made to send Diallo there, a radical change from the religious education he had been receiving until then. View all 4 comments. While never outright disowning his past, he finds the tension between past and present difficult to maintain. Perhaps the very memory of us will die in them. Apr 08, Thomas Schrepfer rated it really liked it. You must provide copyright attribution in the edit summary by providing an interlanguage link to the source of your translation.

This page was last edited on 14 Augustat The first part of the book describes what is essentially this battle for the youth’s mind and soul. Nov 13, Lisajean rated it really liked it Shelves: I was touched by how the village elders wanted to send him to the Western school more out of despair, I guess with the aim of learning the tools of the oppressor, to learn how they got oppressed.

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?

It is simply false that no one ever doubted th The text sets up and explores a false dichotomy between a spiritual Sufism in Senegal native culture and a secular, alienated, modern West. Paperbackpages. Cheikh Hamidou Kane’s Ambiguous Adventure is a fairly early novel of an African travelling to Europe to study and the resultant clash between traditional African values in this case also: L’ambigua avventura – Italia.


Il padre lo richiama a casa e Samba Diallo torna in Africa. 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.

East–Culture shock as seen through the eyes of Samba Diallo, an African who studies in Paris and loses parts of his identity in a mechanized and individualistic society. Although this novel was written inthe battle continues today, as cultural battles infused, of course, with religion flare into major conflicts. I did not like the ending, but i wont divulge it. The more he learns of the Western world, the less he associates himself with his Muslim faith and his cultural tradition.

Books by Cheikh Hamidou Kane. Samba Diallo grows up torn between two cultures, that of his native land and that of its European colonizer.

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It’s not an even playing field, as the author clearly sides with tradition — which in this case is almost entirely based in religion. A cousin of the boy takes the bull by the horn since the men seem to be dithering and makes a decision: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. While it may have seem A Western-Centric Education Enveloped in study during my college years, I often overlooked the narrow focus of my discipline.

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 in the France of that time. The text sets up and explores a false dichotomy between a spiritual Sufism in Senegal native culture and a secular, alienated, modern West. 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.

The complete review ‘s Review:. I wish for you, through all eternity. A smart boy, he impresses his teacher greatly “What purity!

In the end, the more Samba learns, the more he realizes life is ambiguous. Diallo deludes himself into believing: This text also reminds me of the tension between theology and religious studies. A part of me considered This story has been told before and will, I have no doubt, be told again. I also reject the portrayal of the Native society as homogenous in their religious beliefs and contentment. There, he loses touch with his Islamic faith and his Senegalese roots.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I still have not read another book that captures the differential impact of quranic education in a West African environment and Western education in Europe on a pupil who has been shaped by both.

Ambiguous Adventure

The truth is that I didn L’aventure ambigue is an interesting book that tells the story of Samba Diallo. Jun 20, Dana Kraft rated it liked it Shelves: I was not brought up a Muslim but I do understand fundamentalism and I doubt this book will do much to encourage anyone to take an interest in religion.

Diallo’s “elderly cousin”, a sort of family matriarch called the Most Royal Lady, believes that the children should learn from the invaders: The protagonist struggles to preserve his dying native African heritage, in the hamirou of an allegedly soulless French culturo-economic milieu, which he finds disenchanting, but can’t escape.

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. 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 culture of the Diallobes being avrnture strict and religious, Samba Diallo found himself struggling to find a balance between his values as a Diallobe and the European values he learned at school.

The conflict here is often seen as the confrontation of nature with a mat This parable-like novel of a young man trying to make sense of his nation’s colonization is pretty heady stuff. This story has been qmbigue before and will, I have no doubt, be told again. Originally published at http:

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