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summary Le roi de Kahel, series Le roi de Kahel, book Le roi de Kahel, pdf Le roi de Kahel, Le roi de Kahel d4debb4778 Tierno Monenembo S The King Of Kahel Was Originally Published In France In And Was The Winner Of The French Literary Prize, The Prix Renaudot, Which Is Awarded To The Author Of An Outstanding Original Novel Loosely Based On The Life Of Olivier De Sanderval, A Man Who Journeyed To Guinea To Build An Empire By Conquering The Hostile Region Of Fouta Djallon, The Book Exposes How Sanderval Braves All Dangers To Build A Railway That Will Bring Modern Civilization To Africa

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    Biographie romanc e d un aventurier ayant r ellement exist , Olivier de Sanderval, qui fut maire en France puis roi en pays Peul.Un personnage pittoresque comme l atteste son parcours et auquel l auteur, Tierno Monenembo donne une personnalit absolument excentrique, mais qui incarne galement la vision des colonisateurs fran ais progressistes du XIXe si cle comme Jules Ferry.Ses aventures au Fouta Djalon nous donnent un aper u du fonctionnement de la soci t peule cette poque, tandis que ses d m l es avec l administration fran aise dressent un tableau assez juste du fonctionnement de la Troisi me R publique.Petit b mol si l histoire est prenante, le style ne m a pas s duite plus que a.Bref, contente d avoir largi mes horizons en lecture francophone au del de la France J ajouterai sans doute Peuls du m me auteur ma liste de livres lire.

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    The King of Kahel is my book from Guinea for the Read The World challenge It is the first book printed by Crossing, s own publishing imprint specialising in translated literature They say Crossing uses customer feedback and other data from sites to identify exceptional works that deserve a wider, global audience So this book was presumably picked up because it was a big hit in French.It s rather unusual among all the post colonial literature I ve read for the Read The World challenge, because the hero is a European colonialist Specifically, it s about Olivier de Sanderval, a real person, a man from a wealthy family of provincial French industrialists who did some exploring in what is now Guinea and wanted to set himself up as an African king.And he s not just the hero in the narrow sense of being the central character it is very much his story and he is presented as a sympathetic character.It s always interesting to have your expectations confounded, if only because it reveals what those expectations are Because there s nothing terribly radical about this novel If it had been written by a white French novelist I wouldn t have thought anything of it Mon nembo has lived in France for nearly 40 years and yet I was in fact surprised.That aside, this is an enjoyable if unexceptional literary novel It is light and cheery in tone the back cover claims that Mon nembo has created nothing short of a jovial Heart of Darkness , which is about as baffling a description as I ve ever encountered The book reads to me like a playful re imagining of history, so I assumed it was only based lightly on the historical Sanderval Apparently, though, Mon nembo did a lot of research and had access to the Sanderval family archives, so there may be history in it than I realised perhaps if I d realised that I would have enjoyed it Or maybe I d rather have read a straight biography.As an example the book being unexpectedly accurate, Google found me this a real coin produced by the real Olivier de Sanderval to serve as currency for his kingdom of Kahel The Arabic script reads Sanderval Which is sort of amazing, actually.

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    I received Le Mot Juste A Dictionary of Classical and Foreign Words and Phrases for my tenth birthday, and though I am unable to locate it in the stacks at the moment, though I suspect that it is somewhere in the second or third row of books on the shelf in the foyer i distinctly remember an entry for a word in Javanese or Zulu that translates roughly into English as the act of stealing everything a man owns by borrowing each of his possessions one by one and not returning them This word, if I were willing, in this sweltering heat, to move away from my spot in front of the fan to get up and look for the aforementioned book, would make a fitting description in this review for precisely what happened to the kingdom of Fouta Djallon and her princes and almami spiritual ledger and ruler of the entire kingdom but also what ultimately happens to Aime Olivier Viscount de Sanderval in his doomed pursuit of the Kingdom of Kahel The real de Sanderval was the spitting image of the 19th century.Beginning with his education and temperament, everything had prepared him to live for the passions of his time ideas, science, and the great expeditions He had been molded with the mind of a pioneer in the century of pioneers His expeditions into the interior of africa produced the maps necessary for the french to begin staking their claim there Tierno Monenembo has written a romance of this brave and idiosyncratic man, whose religious, scientific and cultural theories made him both an object of interest and scorn in French society In The King of Kahel, Aime dreams of a kingdom of his own in Africa, and in his 42 year, heads to Africa to conquer one The year is 1880, and he is headed to western Africa to build a railroad De sandervals approach to colonization is one of friendship, and while the French government ignores his exploits, he is steadily building up the political loyalties and friendships that he needs to install himself as king of the provence of Kahel and get the treaties that he needs to build a railroad from the coast to the jungle He sweet talks the Fula ledge dears, making them his friends and partners in crime His dream of Afircan riches get closer and closer, as he manipulates the warring princes Into giving him land and title Once he finds success, the french government begins to show Interest in his conquests, and just as Sanderval has carved out a little kingdom a trading post here, a railway concession there, so the French begin to take sandervals land here a military garrison, there a colonial governors mansion eventually, his dreams TKOK is a starts off as a wonderful romantic adventure and was an enjoyable read, though not a replacement or a peer of Things Fall Apart.An aside, TKOK was the first complete novel that I read entirely in e book form, and I must say, the experience is vastly different from reading a book printed on paper The highlighting and search functions made the wait who was that guy again question answerable in a seconds, and the recall of interesting quotes immediate Something is lost, however, when a character is tracking hares through the rocky Mediterranean inlets of Cassis, and with a quick highlight and a a featherlgiht touch of a screen, there are images of the rocky Mediterranean inlets near Cassis They are beautiful, but that immediacy and unalterable fact of their appearance robs the reader of an opportunity to imagine what they might look like I thought to turn it off, but once I started accessing the Wikipedia entries at my fingertips I couldn t stop What is a kepi Who was Samori Toure The answers were right there I barely needed to think I got bored I haven t given up on the dead trees yet.

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    The Devil and a Kingdom Friendships of Oil and WaterFour Princes, Three Armies, Two Plans, and One Lone Wolf The King of Kahel is a complex piece of historical fiction that will transport you to the mysterious region of Fouta Djallon in the heart of West Africa, as it was before colonialization.Fouta was a federation Ultimate power resided in Timbo, but Fogoumba, the mystical religious capital, crowned the almami, voted on legislation, and declared war Lab was a major tribal power within this federation, and was governed by an aging King Timbo was a second tribe holding great power in Fouta The Almamis of Timbo and Lab had agreed to alternate terms as leadership over all of the Fouta Needless to say, this federation resulted in quite a bit of artful political wrangling and subtlety But, just at the point where it tottered on the brink of a power struggle between the sons and nephews of the reigning kings, France launched a bid for hegemony, with England not far at their heels The friendship France is extending to us is the friendship of oil and water one on top, the other on bottom Meanwhile, the main character, Olivier de Sanderval was entranced with the idea of Africa and all her mystique He dreamed of owning a kingdom in the beautiful region of Fouta Djallon, which is a major part of the inland area of present day Guinea So he sets off on a mission of his own to make himself King, while giving France access to the interior of Africa That s his plan at least France has something else in mind And, the Fula people are not only wary of all, but they use their own tactics of espionage and treachery to make the whole gambit quite painful for everyone involved You are nothing than a citizen on a lark As for your treaties Sanderval is presented as a man with major delusions of grandeur, but also as a bold and courageous adventurer Both are probably accurate depictions But, the author has a rocky start with the story due to the conflict between these two sides of Sanderval s story and the use of irony At first, the reader will find Sanderval intensely dislikable But soon, the underdog effect draws sympathy for this ironical character The author makes the mistake of giving the Frenchman an African mindset at times, especially near the beginning Because of this, you are reminded often that this is Sanderval as he was viewed from the African perspective Life is better when angels remain angels and monsters, abominable monsters In all, he an old French misanthrope living near the Conakry, Guinea coast owned five rifles, each of which bore a woman s name Carmen for the Negroes, Esmeralda for the Germans, Agrippine for the English, and Marie Antoinette for the wild animals the fifth he named Dominique on rainy days and Monique the rest of the year The story takes place during a time of Empire and Colonization In a stroke of humor, the author has Sanderval dress up in a Mephistopheles costume to convince the Africans of his rank, simply because the costume is silk and finer clothing than what the explorer was wearing Mephistopheles is a demon featured in German folklore So, here you have the image of the white man appearing as he really is a devil trying to carve a kingdom Compounding that irony is the fact that the French have frequently been called devils by the English It all seems to fit together with a sense of artful genius by the author, once you get past that smarmy beginning Between the Fula French the fruit of friendship would always hide a pit the toxic pit of betrayal Along the way, Tierno Monenembo adeptly weaves not only famous historical figures such as Ferdinand Marie, the developer of the Suez Canal into the story, but he creates interesting fictional characters, such as the ham hoarder and thief who was selling ham in a Muslim country You see glimpses of the lives of women at that time The flora and fauna are described throughout, as well as the many details of the geography You finish the book with the feeling that you ve discovered a new world But, you also get an unsavory glimpse of European society in an age when people from exotic locales were put on display as freaks and lower evolved creatures Fouta became the playing field for a curious game the movements of three enemy armies, each one ready to make a deal with the devil to crush the other two I read this in the Kindle format for my stop in Guinea on my Journey Around the World for 2019 My next stop is Sierra Leone, where I ve already been sneaking across the border for bits of Michaela DePrince s beautiful story, in between the intrigue here in Guinea Is that cheating It could not be avoided, so no time for apologies since I cannot wait to get on with the story.

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    I m always on the lookout for new fiction from Africa, so when I saw this translation of a Guinean book was available I snapped it up Aside from my interest in world literature, my grandparents lived in Conakry from 1960 62, so the country holds a particular interest for me The novel as a form does not have a long history in Africa, and as a result, much of the African fiction available in the West focuses on the struggle for independence and the legacy of colonialism This book goes further back in history to deliver a fictionalized version of the exploits of 19th century French adventurer Olivier de Sanderval, whose personal ambitions were at least partly to blame for France s colonization of what is modern day Guinea.Sanderval was a prodigiously talented and wealthy man of his time, whose childhood romance with tales of exploration were the catalyst for his adult ambitions to carve a slice out of the African pie for himself and to a lesser extent, France He was also a prolific writer who extensively documented his travels, and the author of this novel also had access to private family archives in gathering material for the book Unfortunately this seems like a case where having too much true information at one s hands actually inhibits the fiction Far too much of the book reads like a thinly fictionalized rendering of a travelogue, in which various trials and tribulations are chronicled in a manner which becomes slightly tedious.The book does a decent job of illustrating the complexities of Europe s colonization of sub Saharan Africa Rather than simply decrying European colonialism, the story illustrates the internal strife among various local potentates, as well as the policy disagreements within the French establishment In Sanderval s attempts to lock in trading rights, right of way for a railroad, and a land grant for his own personal fiefdom, he encounters all manner of cunning and shifty characters, both French and Fula However, it never really manages to engage as storytelling So, even though the author handles the colonial material with a judicious touch than most, I kept wishing I was reading a good biographical profile of Sanderval instead Worth a look if you ve an interest in African fiction or European colonialism, but probably not a book that will interest the general reader.

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    Aime Sanderval Olivier de Sanderval dreamed of going to Africa to find land that had never been seen by a white man before, so that he could set about improving the Negroes, and creating a new Versailles for France He was determined to be a King He believed that he could win over the Kingdom Fouta Djallon Central Guinea by enlightenment, not by fighting, and he was convinced if he could become one of the Fulas, they would make him a King Monenembo has written this wonderful historical fiction, based on the Sanderval s trips to Fouta Djallon It is rather satirical in nature, and I found the attitudes to be humorous.

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    Une biographie romanc e d un aventurier qui r vait de se tailler un royaume en Afrique Il y a des qualit s, surtout dans la description du peuple Peul, un peuple assez trange ne rechignant pas couper des t tes et en m me temps amateur de paperasserie Mais le gros probl me est que la moiti des points sont des points d exclamations Si Pourquoi Je sais pas Mais c est fatigant Non

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    Fearless Frenchman Founds Forest FiefWe have a number of colonial tales of white men who strove to carve out kingdoms among peoples in odd corners of the world that had not yet been much influenced by the West Kipling s The Man Who Would Be King does come to mind, but impressive is the true story of the white rajahs of Sarawak, a British family dynasty that ruled a large patch on Borneo s north coast for over a century When these tales are told, it is always from the European point of view The whites act, the natives are acted upon THE KING OF KAHEL provides an interesting glimpse from the other side Mon nembo, a Guinean long in exile in France, tells a story of the scion of an important Lyon family made rich by capitalist exploits in France, who is lured to Africa by romantic dreams and tries persistently to carve out a kingdom in the then remote Fouta Djallon region, now part of Guinea He longs to civilize the place, a theme touched upon in ironic fashion by the author, who valiantly endeavors to write as a colonial minded Frenchman would think Far from being some kind of Indiana Jones, Aim Olivier de Sanderval barely squeaks through The Africans continually outwit him, punish him, betray him, and try to bump him off for good Only by becoming African is he able to survive He can t trust the emissaries of France who refuse to recognize that he has any rights in Fouta Djallon and he is caught in the endless intrigues of the Fula almami and ruling circles also The reluctance of Fula rulers to get involved with whites is paralleled by the disinterest and reluctance of French officialdom to back de Sanderval s schemes In the end, as we know from history, no Frenchman was able to become a king on his own in Africa France finally pushed the king of Kahel aside and took over As to the fate of the would be king , you ll have to read the book.At first, the unusual style of dialogue put me off I ascribed it to bad translation But as I read, I got used to it, and felt that probably the translator had preserved what was unique in this most interesting book Based on a true story most of the characters really existed the dialogues and details have been created by the author who describes the land in a most colorful and appealing way I wondered if there were really eucalyptus forests in Guinea in the 19th century and stumbled over a few other such questions, but overall I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it highly to anyone interested in adventure, in colonial era Africa, or historical fiction.

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