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  • Maryse Condé
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  • 03 October 2019
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About the Author: Maryse Condé

Paperback ë Segu Epub ´ segu pdf, SeguSegu ePUBMaryse Cond is a Guadeloupean, French language author of historical fiction, best known for her novel Segu Maryse Cond was born as Maryse Boucolon at Pointe Pitre, Guadeloupe, the youngest of eight children In , her parents sent her to study at Lyc e F nelon and Sorbonne in Paris, where she majored in English In , she married Mamadou Cond , an Guinean actor After graduating, she taught in Guinea, Ghana, and Senegal In , she divorced, but the following year married Richard Philcox, English language translator of most of her novelsCond s novels explore racial, gender, and cultural issues in a variety of historical eras and locales, including the Salem witch trials in I, Tituba Black Witch of Salem and the th century Bambara Empire of Mali in SeguIn addition to her writings, Cond had a distinguished academic career In she retired from Columbia University as Professor Emeritus of French She had previously taught at the University of California, Berkeley, UCLA, the Sorbonne, The University of Virginia, and the University of NanterreIn March , Cond was the keynote speaker at Franklin College Switzerland s Caribbean Unbound III conference, in Lugano, Switzerland.


SeguPaperback ë Segu Epub ´ segu pdf, SeguSegu ePUBThe year is , and the kingdom of Segu is flourishing, fed by the wealth of its noblemen and the power of its warriors The people of Segu, the Bambara, are guided by their griots and priests their lives are ruled by the elements But even their soothsayers can only hint at the changes to come, for the battle of the soul of Africa has begun From the east comes a new religion, Islam, and from the West, the slave trade Segu follows the life of Dousika Traore, the king s most trusted advisor, and his four sons, whose fates embody the forces tearing at the fabric of the nation There is Tiekoro, who renounces his people s religion and embraces Islam Siga, who defends tradition, but becomes a merchant Naba, who is kidnapped by slave traders and Malobali, who becomes a mercenary and halfhearted ChristianBased on actual events, Segu transports the reader to a fascinating time in history, capturing the earthy spirituality, religious fervor, and violent nature of a people and a growing nation trying to cope with jihads, national rivalries, racism, amid the vagaries of commerce.

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  1. Inderjit Sanghera says:

    Like the swift running river on whose banks the city of Segu sits, the lives of the various men of the Traore family flow through the veins of Western Africa enslaved, apostatised and awaken from both intellectual and spiritual slumbers, Conde is able to depict, via the Traore family, the gradual, yet constant dehumanisation of Africans via the wider forces of the world, whether it the slave trade of the New World, the colonial ambitions of Europe or the religious fervour of the Arabic world th Like the swift running river on whose banks the city of Segu sits, the lives of the various men of the Traore family flow through the veins of Western Africa enslaved, apostatised and awaken from both intellectual and spiritual slumbers, Conde is able to depict, via the Traore family, the gradual, yet constant dehumanisation of Africans via the wider forces of the world, whether it the slave trade of the New World, the colonial ambitions of Europe or the religious fervour of the Arabic world the description of Africa as a dark continent is something of a misnomer instead it becomes a blank canvas for the world to paint with its prejudices, as Africans and their civilisations and cultures are daubed as barbarians and savages all in the name of greed and domination dressed up as a desire to civilise Africa Segu, however, doesn t shy away from depicting the prevalence of slavery within African society, or of the dominance of violence and rape to subjugate women and it would be unfair to depict Segu as merely a narrow anti colonial or anti Western treatise, instead it is a depiction of Western Africa during a tumultuous period when it was being pulled in a variety of directions by outside forces, however the common theme in the novel is what it meant to be Black in a world in which it caused you to be constantly dehumanized, whether it the prejudices experienced by Tiekoro by fellow Muslims or Babatunde by the English in London, the common thread is that of subjugation of a people stripped of its names, cultures, traditions and religions in a world which value greed over compassion and money over life.The Traore are a powerful family in Segu, ruled by the patriarch Dousika He has a large number of children and wives however the story mainly concentrates on the journeys of his sons his eldest Tiekoro and his brother Naba, his bastard son, borne of a slave, Siga and his youngest Molobali Like leaves before a wind, they are scattered from their home across the world to the lives and fates which await them Tiekoro converts to Islam, however his supercilious air hides a deep sense of unhappiness and dissatisfaction not just with his conversion, but the world around him Part of this is driven by his treatment by the Arab Muslims, but it is mostly driven by his sense of entitlement and pride his spiritual ties to Islam are only superficial, the adulation he receives for his sententious speeches on religion mask his emptiness In the end he dies a martyr in an act of self abnegation dressed up as sacrifice Contrast this to the initially humble and self effacing Siga, who ends up as the head of the family and wallows in pride and self pity, a bully whose ego swells up like his elephantine limbs.Naba, captured and enslaved, is able to find solace in flowers and fellow slave Ayodele, whereas Moloabli eventually atones for the horrific crimes he commits in somewhat coincidentally the arms of Ayodele Both, however, are executed due to misunderstandings, their flames burnt out by a world which was against them from the start In addition to this appear a wide caste of richly developed female characters, from the matriarchal Nya to the beautiful and coquettish Ayisha however the common thread which runs through their lives is their complete lack of power and control, reduced to concubinage, their double subjugation on being both black and a woman and the expectation that they should accept whatever violence and rape they are subjected to Conde depicts the Africa in which Segu is set as somewhere which is at times both arid, as the ochre dyed desert, or beautiful as the green blue Atlantic ocean, but a beauty which is bound by the cruelty of the slave trade which it creates, or of the frenetic, dizzy world of Fez or Segu Segu is a beautifully depicted and tragic story of a family over taken by the onset of modernity in an Africa which is on the cusp of losing its traditions and its history under the relentless machinery of modernisation

  2. Tinea says:

    I read this years ago, before heading to live in Mali for several months I am thinking back on this intergenerational, magical realist epic that paints history in broad and intimate, familial strokes like Marquez s 100 Years of Solitude Segu tells the story of Mali s triple, simultaneous colonizations enslavement, French land grabbing, and Muslim religious conquest I am thinking now about the human imposed tragedy in Mali today with heartbreak, as this book is lived again through labor migr I read this years ago, before heading to live in Mali for several months I am thinking back on this intergenerational, magical realist epic that paints history in broad and intimate, familial strokes like Marquez s 100 Years of Solitude Segu tells the story of Mali s triple, simultaneous colonizations enslavement, French land grabbing, and Muslim religious conquest I am thinking now about the human imposed tragedy in Mali today with heartbreak, as this book is lived again through labor migration, Western resource extraction, and a Salafist sharia imposed by outsiders on a devout Muslim people What s happening in Mali today is history repeating itself with cruel accuracy Fighting over and through the bodies of the people in this place, this hot, dry, barely cultivable, destitute and joyous place

  3. Emma Deplores job-hunting-careers.co Censorship says:

    An 80s rape festThis is my book from Mali for my world books challenge, and I looked forward to reading it, because you don t find much historical fiction set in pre colonial Africa Too bad it reads like it was competing with the instigators of Gamergate for some maximum misogyny prize.Segu begins in 1797, in a flourishing city state of the same name in what is now Mali, and follows the men of the Traore family for over half a century It is a volatile time in West African history traditional An 80s rape festThis is my book from Mali for my world books challenge, and I looked forward to reading it, because you don t find much historical fiction set in pre colonial Africa Too bad it reads like it was competing with the instigators of Gamergate for some maximum misogyny prize.Segu begins in 1797, in a flourishing city state of the same name in what is now Mali, and follows the men of the Traore family for over half a century It is a volatile time in West African history traditional practices and animist beliefs are losing ground to Islam, further complicating tensions between the various kingdoms coastal areas are dominated by the slave trade European trade and, later in the book, missionaries are beginning to make inroads as well The story begins with a patriarch before shifting focus to follow four of his sons for most of the book toward the end, a couple of grandsons become key characters as well.The story begins ponderously, and ends so abruptly, in the middle of a battle, that I am not entirely convinced my edition isn t missing a chapter or two at the end, but in the substantial middle section, Cond does show some storytelling skills There are plenty of dramatic happenings here, as befits the dramatic time period The story is heavy on detail, and if at times the exposition is a bit clumsy, the book does give a sense of a time and place most people know little about It certainly rebuts the idea that there was nothing going on in Africa until the European powers arrived the most prominent conflict here is between Islam and traditional religion, and the book portrays a developed, changing culture quite apart from European influence which, in the book, is minor As for the writing, aside from constantly poking the reader in the eye with exclamation points, it isn t bad.And then we get to the rape Within the pages of this book, the unsuspecting reader will find One of the brothers, seeing an attractive female slave, pounces on her, drags her to the privy and rapes her repeatedly In response, she falls in love with him Another brother, as a mercenary, rapes numerous women, and in particular, chases down an 11 year old girl who insults him and initiates a gang rape of her In response, she falls in love with him Yet another brother, as a grown man, organizes the kidnapping of his 14 year old girlfriend, because he s afraid that if given the choice, she wouldn t agree to elope with him He s also secretly sleeping with her mom The final brother dies before getting the chance to rape anyone, but to add some rape to his storyline, the author introduces us to a male ex slave who has been turned gay by being raped repeatedly by men Because apparently rape not only makes you fall in love, but changes your sexual orientation so you can getof the same He now hates himself and is shunned.Even when no one is actually committing rape, the book dedicates itself to shoehorning in rape imagery even where it makes no sense One day you ll come to Segu You ve never seen a town like it Segu is surrounded by walls, like a woman you can possess only by force And of course the male gaze is so overwhelming that a ripe fruit can t be mentioned without being compared to a nubile teenage virgin Other assorted passages from this book A consensual sex scene He held Romana in his arms and satisfied her desire to be possessed A new female character is introduced Lady Jane was reaching the age when a woman s charm is at its height Another few years and the inexorable moment would come when her flesh would begin to sag, blurring the oval of her face and the firmness of her breasts But for the time being she was perfect This is of course all we need to know about Lady Jane Diemogo signaled for her to be silent, but not unkindly, since a woman is never mistress of what she says, especially when she is suffering Women What could you do with them What did they want What lay behind their beauty and docility, those traps to imprison men Wasn t it enough for them to know that no man is grown up to the woman who bore him That, apart from the shared game of appearances, no man is strong against the woman he loves and desires Since the author is in fact a woman, one assumes she doesn t actually espouse these opinions, but it is impossible to tell from the text There is not a single complex or interesting female character in it They function as embodiments of sex and motherhood rather than actual people, and when we do drop into their heads, it s only to hear about how much they care for some man, who has of course mistreated them Ironically, even the woman referenced in that last quote is only asking for recognition for her child, so it seems that being a sex object and mother is in fact enough for her Did the author who first published this book in 1984 believe, consciously or not, that serious literature requires misogyny Or ought this instead be viewed as a misandrist work, since the men in it are so vile But then, is making half her main characters rapists in fact misandrist, if none of her women mind being raped Having arrived at that disgusting question, I have nothing further to say about this book Back to the library with it, and good riddance

  4. Claire says:

    A fabulous novel about a Bambara family living in the kingdom of Segu from 1787, prominent in it s time, however the father falls out of favour with the King and his son s each go off in search of adventure outside the kingdom, where they discover quite a different perception of their people and their race.It shines a light on the impact of cross tribal marriage and partnership, of slavery, both that perpetuated by the Europeans and also from within the African continent The role of the son and A fabulous novel about a Bambara family living in the kingdom of Segu from 1787, prominent in it s time, however the father falls out of favour with the King and his son s each go off in search of adventure outside the kingdom, where they discover quite a different perception of their people and their race.It shines a light on the impact of cross tribal marriage and partnership, of slavery, both that perpetuated by the Europeans and also from within the African continent The role of the son and the daughter, the rules of marriage, the perceptions of religion, the rise of Islam, the practices of fetishists and superstitions of their followers The precence and guiding voice of ancestors and the reincarnation of souls And the effect of love lust on each of them Narrated through the journey s of the four sons of Dousika, by necessity a long, slow read.Full review and descritpion of my reading journey through Maryse Cond s books here at Word by Word

  5. Rob says:

    I think this was the fourth time I ve read this book and I still think it is an amazing read It is one of the few novels I m aware of that shows us an African society from the inside and succeeds in making it believable Cond has obviously put in a lot of research into the history, culture and customs of S gou and the result is a very good historical novel It s a book that will make the reader a lotaware of the fact that slave trade, religious fanaticism and colonialism left their sc I think this was the fourth time I ve read this book and I still think it is an amazing read It is one of the few novels I m aware of that shows us an African society from the inside and succeeds in making it believable Cond has obviously put in a lot of research into the history, culture and customs of S gou and the result is a very good historical novel It s a book that will make the reader a lotaware of the fact that slave trade, religious fanaticism and colonialism left their scars on many local cultures and have sown the seeds of many of the post colonial conflicts that still plague the continent On the other hand it also shows this part of the world as vibrant, culturally rich and in some ways very resilient I must admit that I knew very little of Mali before I read this book for the first time many years ago and that may have been the type or reader Cond was aiming for It is a great introduction to a piece of Africa that does not show up in the history curriculum of the average western highschool student Since that is not likely to change anytime soon, you should probably just go out and read this book.Flull Random Comments review

  6. Neal Adolph says:

    When I picked up Segu it was quite by accident This forum I contribute to, the World Literature Forum, has been trying to guess who would win this year s Nobel Prize since the middle of summer It is one of the conversations that, year after year, brings out dozens of contributors and hundreds of responses Conde s name popped up once or twice, as, apparently, the French literary press was promoting her as a potential recipient prior to Modiano coming away with a win last year And then, a few When I picked up Segu it was quite by accident This forum I contribute to, the World Literature Forum, has been trying to guess who would win this year s Nobel Prize since the middle of summer It is one of the conversations that, year after year, brings out dozens of contributors and hundreds of responses Conde s name popped up once or twice, as, apparently, the French literary press was promoting her as a potential recipient prior to Modiano coming away with a win last year And then, a few days after reading the posts and the not so glowing responses I saw Segu sitting on my library s shelf I figured to give it a go Besides, I wanted to read something by a woman and Nadine Gordimer was proving to be just a bit too elusive for me at the time, so why not read this one I think I admire African literature because I can see it dealing with issues which I wish Canadian literature discussedfrequently andcompetently Colonialism, anti colonialism, post colonialism These are the realities of the nation in which I was born and to which my first breaths swore allegiance Oddly enough, though, it seems to be predominantly White Africans that I have found myself reading Coetzee, Lessing, Gordimer, Brink, Galgut, Couto I ve only read a couple other works by indigenous Africans is that even what you can them I don t know, Africa is a confusing continent some by Ngugi wa Thiong o, one by Buchi Emecheta I ve skimmed through some Chinua Achebe but have never felt the need to read through any of his works just yet So Segu was a rare and illuminating read for me the sort that I must make less rare in my reading habits.And the author isn t even African Maryse Conde comes from Guadaloupe, a small Caribbean island nation Her ancestors were from West Africa, though I m not sure where I found this out or if I m making this up, since I can t seem to find this information again and I m willing to suspect that I m just making silly assumptions Regardless, she writes about this vast period of history with incredible authority On to the book.Segu is the story of a family and the many adventures of its many men from the late 18th to early 19th century Segu is also an empire Segu is also a city, the capital of the empire, the seat of the Mansa It is a city known for its startling wealth And it is on an edge, being an empire in the interior In the 17th century it is squeezed by the slave trade to its west and the rapid rise of Islam, and its many sects, to the east In the 18th century, with the English led slave trade died out and the French led slave trade dying out, the new threat is simple colonization The whites want into the continent, and the Muslims mostly Africans who have converted want into the empire The grip tightens and the empire is pressured in new ways.Conde is wise in this book, as she manages to make Segu sound like a beautiful, romantic city which the many members of the Traore family love while also revealing that it is far from utopian This empire was made by war, worked by the hands of slaves, raised by women who were full members of the family but still fully subservient to their husbands and their husbands brothers She is also wise because she portrays the remarkable innocence of these people, the Bambara, as they are coming of age over generations I think that is actually how I would qualify this story It is a coming of age story for a family.What is fascinating is the ways in which this one family vast as it is can come to represent the demise of an entire culture and, by extension, the challenges facing an entire continent The children of Dousake, a man who is cursed moments before his, are the many protagonists of this novel They go across nations and continents, dabble in religions from various corners, carouse with people of many other cultures They try to come home and they leave for unusual, uncertain, remarkable reasons But Conde is also very clearly showing that this world is very different than the one that I know It looks different, feels different, uses space differently, decorates differently, and values different things than I do That is important work.It also feels remarkably contemporary, revealing that, though the winds of time are strong and unalterable, they are also consistent in the tales that they weave The world is caught in the same moment that Segu deals with The threat of extremism, presented by the expansion of Islam into northern Africa, and the ever inquisitive, ever incipient efforts to expand influence and power of the already influential and already powerful, presented by the creeping but nonetheless powerful expansion of Europeans into the interior of Africa these are the challenges of the contemporary world as much as they were the challenges of Conde s Segu At times one wonders if this work is Islamophobic At times it might be I wasn t comfortable with that thread but she treated the few Islamic characters and the few Christian characters with the same skepticism And so while the threat of Islam that which Segu feels most pressingly, one wonders if Conde would feel just as comfortable saying the same of any religious and colonial force imposing its ideas, its economies, its relations with the environment onto anybody else I m not sure that last line in the novel, though, is telling And startling, despite being perhaps a bit trite and simple and obvious I think the Christian thread is going to becomeprominent in the sequel, which was less popular and isdifficult to find but which I would like to read.So why only three stars All the threads here are marvelous Make no mistake, this is an epic of impressive scale There are so many characters, several lush and enjoyable storylines Events which dwindle into nothingness but are given their due time and explored until the plant dies and new seeds leak from its husk And it is a great story.Unfortunately, the characters just don t quite make an impression And the writing is remarkably ordinary, even long winded And, unfortunately, the story doesn t have a clear plot or driving force of any story I m willing to chalk this up to a couple things First, I think this book is a wonderful appropriation of the European tradition of nineteenth century epics and, using that form, an extension of that absolute fascination with the individual and a focus on the community and change and history And dare I say this without having read any of Achebe s work but having read some of Ngugi and Emecheta it tells the important story of how Africans relate to Africans rather than how Africans relate to Europeans The Europeans here are a spectre, but they certainly aren t the focus They aren t even the primary antagonist This is important work I also think that it takes apost modern approach to the epic than I have seen or recognized before The inconsequential is a part of the story that is told here the randomness of history is just as important as the consequential nature of it Of course, it lands muchdefiantly in the epicist s focus on narrative than we see in some of the best American postmodern fiction, but it is here All stories matter, even just a bit And a clear plotline is a contrived notion anyways, right So don t worry about it so much, right But we must Maybe that balance is something that Conde is trying to figure out.Of course, the story that is on the periphery here is that of the women of Segu They are given very little agency very little opportunity to explore themselves or the world around them I believe there is only one chapter which is told from the perspective of a woman I can recall, thinking back onthan ten days of memory, two wonderful female characters One, a woman who tricks a man Another, a woman who tricks a man These women are only given space to grow as they relate to men their agency is only through their ability to manipulate men How fascinating these two were I wanted inside their heads But no That would destroy the whole notion of the nineteenth century epic which this book is attempting to co opt and transplate There is one chapter which is told from the perspective of a woman It is one of the most interesting One of the most vital.This is a complicated read After its nearly 500 pages I have nothing but complicated feelings about it I suppose, when dealing with the themes that Conde is not afraid to tackle, even if she doesn t tackle them all really well, that having complicated feelings is not such a bad thing This is art after all We should be moved to be uncomfortable.A recommended read, if you can find it

  7. Bjorn says:

    3.5 5As a work of historical fiction, Segu is often tremendous Following one family over 70 years of history from the late 18th century to the mid 19th, right at the beginning of European colonialism in inner Africa which, ironically, was partially driven by the official end of slavery , but from the POV of a family who are intimately involved with the intra African politics of the time the power struggle between various kingdoms, the spread of Islam and Christianity colonializing both minds 3.5 5As a work of historical fiction, Segu is often tremendous Following one family over 70 years of history from the late 18th century to the mid 19th, right at the beginning of European colonialism in inner Africa which, ironically, was partially driven by the official end of slavery , but from the POV of a family who are intimately involved with the intra African politics of the time the power struggle between various kingdoms, the spread of Islam and Christianity colonializing both minds and narratives long before the guns get there, the attempts to adjust the old way of life to new situations All stuffed with endless details of what came before, of history repeating, of ideas evolving It s the sort of novel that should really come with a bibliography and footnotes, not because I doubt her, but because I want to learn .I mentioned slavery, right The novel keeps circling the concept, not just in the sense of white Europeans sending black Africans in chains across the ocean and the emerging racism modern racism being a 19th century construct , but in the slavery that was always there, the subjugation of defeated tribes to victors the rise of new African kingdoms largely due to demand for slaves from white traders , of women to men, of wives to their husbands, of children to their parents And all the various ways it s justified, normalised, treated as the Natural Order Of Things without the narrative calling it out In short, the novel gets really uncomfortably rapey at times Cond doesn t condemn or condone, just chronicles, almost as if she wants to call it all a circle of submission without spelling it out for the reader the ideological virus of less than thou leading to one huge Stockholm Syndrome of n gritude That s part of what makes me hesitant to give this a higher grade the other part is simply that at 501 pages, the novel sprawls quite a bit, following a huge cast of characters to the point where she has to fast forward a bit too often to let the reader get to know them all, and leaving us just before the shit really hits the fan It s a good novel, it just doesn t grab me and yeah, how dare I not be grabbed by human suffering, right as often as I d like

  8. Terris Grimes says:

    This is one of my all time favorite books Fiction excels at letting us feel history None does it better than Segu From .com The year is 1797, and the kingdom of Segu is flourishing, fed by the wealth of its noblemen and the power of its warriors The people of Segu, the Bambara, are guided by their griots and priests their lives are ruled by the elements But even their soothsayers can only hint at the changes to come, for the battle of the soul of Africa has begun From the east come This is one of my all time favorite books Fiction excels at letting us feel history None does it better than Segu From .com The year is 1797, and the kingdom of Segu is flourishing, fed by the wealth of its noblemen and the power of its warriors The people of Segu, the Bambara, are guided by their griots and priests their lives are ruled by the elements But even their soothsayers can only hint at the changes to come, for the battle of the soul of Africa has begun From the east comes a new religion, Islam, and from the West, the slave trade.Segu follows the life of Dousika Traore, the king s most trusted advisor, and his four sons, whose fates embody the forces tearing at the fabric of the nation There is Tiekoro, who renounces his people s religion and embraces Islam Siga, who defends tradition, but becomes a merchant Naba, who is kidnapped by slave traders and Malobali, who becomes a mercenary and halfhearted Christian.Based on actual events, Segu transports the reader to a fascinating time in history, capturing the earthy spirituality, religious fervor, and violent nature of a people and a growing nation trying to cope with jihads, national rivalries, racism, amid the vagaries of commerce

  9. Shawn Mooney (Shawn The Book Maniac) says:

    Bailed after three chapters, once I realized these characters had all the depth and nuance of a fricking comic book.

  10. Ana says:

    This was another great book I would probably never have noticed if it hadn t been for bookcrossing And what a loss it would have been The book follows the history of the Bambara people, from the 18th until the early 19th century Today, the Bambara live mainly in present day Mali and form the largest part of its population Between the 17th and 19th century, they had two powerful kingdoms, one with its center in Segu, and the other in Kaarta We follow the Traore family from Segu, through seve This was another great book I would probably never have noticed if it hadn t been for bookcrossing And what a loss it would have been The book follows the history of the Bambara people, from the 18th until the early 19th century Today, the Bambara live mainly in present day Mali and form the largest part of its population Between the 17th and 19th century, they had two powerful kingdoms, one with its center in Segu, and the other in Kaarta We follow the Traore family from Segu, through several generations With them, we travel northwards to Fez, westwards to Saint Louis present day Senegal , we cross the Atlantic with French and Portuguese slave traders, to Brazil and back, and we also meet the English and pay a short visit to 18th century London But the core of the book is about African history and life in this period, which was mostly unknown to me and by far the most interesting part of the book We learn about the way of life of common people, how the kingdom was run by the Mansa, the clash between Islam and the traditional way of life and religion, the wars and alliances that, just like today, had little to do with religion andwith the greed for power and riches It is a book based on actual events but the author gives us characters that are true people we find ourselves empathizing with, and in the end we find ourselves divided, because truly, there are no good or bad in this story Muhammad rushed into the compound like a madman just as Olubunmi and Alfa were coming out of Tiefolo s hut The three young men embraced each other without a word Muhammad and Alfa came together again, hugging each other like a pair of lovers who have just missed losing each other forever In a very short time they had discovered all the horror of religious fanaticism, and of the scheming for power that so often lay behind it Alfa felt he would never forget the sight of his father profaning the altars of the Traore God is love God is respect for everyone No, Alhadji Guidado was not the servant of God he was merely the unwitting tool of Amadou Amadou s earthly ambition A truly fascinating book