Broken Glass is a Congolese riff on European classics from the most notable Francophone African writer of Alain Mabanckou was born in in the Congo . Broken Glass, By Alain Mabanckou. Magical tales from a bar in Africa. Peter Carty; Thursday 9 April 0 comments. Best known for his novel African Psycho, the Congelese novelist and poet Alain Mabanckou likes to write playfully about his country’s more.

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Literary allusions Holden Caulfield has a cameo and gentle ironies punctuate this wickedly entertaining novel. He now spends his days with the cast of characters who frequent the bar Credit Gone West.

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That arch navel-gazer Holden Caulfield or someone claiming to be him has a walk-on part, and Broken Glass ends “we’ll meet again, in the other world, Holden, we’ll have a drink together Mabanckou, a Congolese writer who moved to Paris at the age of twenty-two to pursue a career in law, has spoken extensively about the challenges of breaking into the literary establishment. Then about halfway it changes, as the narrator starts to talk about himself, and his own story, and by the final pages mabanciou narrative even emerges despite the episodic nature of the opening chapters, as it’s revealed this is actually an elaborate suicide note.

Mass Market Paperbackpages. In fact, though Broken Glass ruminates regularly on his sex life or lack thereof, since his wife kicked him outthere seem to be almost no females present in Credit Gone West. Call this a literary feat, a tragedy a good ramble Issue 8 July-August The style is wonderful, with so many reference to world literature, which is a advance if you recognize the lines they add something extra to the story.

Heidi Seaborn and Martin Ott Torn in the sky: It was only when we were on the train when she told us that she was eavesdropping on a group of friends who were discussing dramatic events of the night before.


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Share your thoughts with other customers. The numerous repetitions in expressions give something vivid to the stories of the regulars of the bar.

In an interview with Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina for Brokfn MagazineMabanckou recounts his early experiences with the French language:. This is a hard read, but worthwhile.

Alain Mabanckou’s Broken Glass

Mabanckou draws heavily on his predecessors as he pursues mbanckou project, and it is perhaps one of the most notable characteristics of Broken Glass that it is absolutely littered with literary allusions.

Yet, although Mabanckou may well be worthy of the increasing critical attention he receives, this novel does not herald a writer likely to take the place of Joyce. The English-language publication of Broken Glasstranslated by Helen Stevenson, promises to keep the attention on this group of dynamic and innovative writers. You become part of their lives and their stories.

In a book full of convenient page breaks and awkward run-ons where full stops should have been, his avoidance of conventional punctuation feels totally forced and unsuccessful; he lacks the grammar and flourish to pull it off. Buy the selected items together This item: Stylisticly it’s a strange creature: And now, lastly and with a charitable heart, I have to rank Mabanckou well ahead of the heavy-handed moralists and state-sponsored, legend-regurgitating recidivists that fall seamlessly into heavy-rotation in African lit classes and high school syllabi.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. He doesn’t use periods, words fall over one another separated by commas. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This book has no full stops, it just runs on and on, with the pointless tales of the drunk men and the women they blame for their misfortune and where that trick makes me fly through the pages in a Saramago book, here it’s just an annoying mess maybe there’s a linguistic beauty to some of the rambling on in the french original, I wouldn’t know, if so it didn’t really translate.


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There are so many hidden marvels that an average reader will probably pick up about one third of them. I’d be happy to share discussion questions if anyone is interested – let me know! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Are the “heroes” of his stories vi This book must be read in French. In this way, Broken Glass is not exactly a novel of memory.

All the inhabitants of Credit Gone West are, in fact, obsessed with the stories of their past — both their glories and the extreme failures that led them to live out their old age in the bar. Since Broken is a former educator who’s fallen on tough times he’s a natural at interviewing and documenting others while keeping up with his red wine quotient.

It’s funny without being silly or sweaty, and filled with allusions without seeming pretentious. There starts a book with no capitals or full stops, some humorous episodes and reflections of Broken Glass’s world.