Emmanuel Dongala Val Vinokurov Joel Rejouis
Little Boys Come from the Stars
January 27, 2020 Comments.. 356
Little Boys Come from the Stars Sardonic subtle and sweetly scathing Little Boys Come from the Stars is satire at its best Set in an unnamed country in equatorial Africa it tells the story of Michel a precocious teen dubbed Mat
  • Title: Little Boys Come from the Stars
  • Author: Emmanuel Dongala Val Vinokurov Joel Rejouis
  • ISBN: 9780385721226
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sardonic, subtle, and sweetly scathing, Little Boys Come from the Stars is satire at its best.Set in an unnamed country in equatorial Africa, it tells the story of Michel, a precocious teen dubbed Matapari trouble because of his extraordinary birth Though his father is a reclusive scholar, his mother a pious though confused Catholic, and his uncle a shameless opportunSardonic, subtle, and sweetly scathing, Little Boys Come from the Stars is satire at its best.Set in an unnamed country in equatorial Africa, it tells the story of Michel, a precocious teen dubbed Matapari trouble because of his extraordinary birth Though his father is a reclusive scholar, his mother a pious though confused Catholic, and his uncle a shameless opportunist determined to gain power in the shifting politics of their post colonial nation, Matapari remains an unsullied child who wears Reeboks, drinks Coke, reads Japanese comics, and watches Rambo But when his family becomes the nucleus of the revolution for democracy, Matapari proves to be the ideal narrator for this story of violent upheaval and bloody corruption a voice whose ironic innocence makes bearable and even humorous the awful realities of the world it describes.
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    1. Grettel says:

      This is the story of a kid who was almost never born, as he himself expresses at the very opening of the book He was born a whole day after his twin brothers, something that had never happened in the Congolese village the kid was from, and due to the inexplicable connotation this event had on his people, he was dubbed Matapari trouble.The day he was born, on the 20th anniversary of Congo s independence from France, an amalgam of witnesses was present the most famous midwife of the region, his un [...]

    2. Lara says:

      I think I would have liked this had I not read Cutting for Stone before it I think it s a pertinant book to read, and an interesting read, just not not well presented Part of this could be due to translation

    3. Lanier says:

      11 20 09I just started this short funny read about the third triplet in a modernized Congo Dongala has juxtaposed Colonialist pre developed rule with current technologies in a way that is sad and satirical The first two chapters are full of satire poking fun at some of our favorite victims, religion, medicine, the power of NAMING as a means to Other or control, law and order, and parenting Alliyah finished it in a day or two and recommended it for perhaps a handful of other scholars, though don [...]

    4. Pat Jennings says:

      This poignant story of a young man who thought he might should not have been born is a revealing novel of an unnamed country in Africa This country is the epitome of the colonization of most African countries that have been robbed and raped of their resources Crooked politics reign while speakers and seers if truth are persecuted Powerful story.

    5. Mary says:

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    6. Val says:

      This is set in the Republic of the Congo former French Congo , not the Democratic Republic of the Congo former Belgian Congo and formerly Zaire Dongala does not help the confusion by mentioning Patrice Lumumba and Mobutu, but none of his own leaders by name.It is the story of a corrupt and repressive regime as seen through the eyes of a young boy He starts off believing everything he is told, but starts to question things as he gets older.It is also the story of his family and village Most of t [...]

    7. Elaine says:

      It s been a while since I read this book, and I ve been meaning to write a few folks about it for some time now so please forgive any omission of detail I really enjoyed reading this piece I rarely read fiction, so it s possible this book was a draw to me because of the political, cultural, and interpersonal depth it offerred plus, it was a gift It is basically a story of an unnamed African country s experience of political upheaval, told from the perspective of a young boy It s fascinating to r [...]

    8. Colleen says:

      This was a gem of a book The narrator is a 15 year old boy living in Africa He is one of triplets but because he was unexpectedly born a day after his other two brothers, his mother thinks of him as a curse on the family and treats him as such Fortunately, the boy has a supportive, intellectual father who treats him as a kindred spirit, sharing his knowledge and theories with him The best part of the book is its sense of humor The author pokes continual fun at the political system in Africa Thos [...]

    9. Natalie Petchnikow says:

      Matapari le dit, il n aurait m me pas d na tre C est que, dernier n de tripl s, il ne quitta le ventre de sa m re que deux jours apr s ses fr res, peut tre par discr tion, ou par prudence De cette naissance, il con ut un don de curiosit insatiable pour le monde Et ce qu il voyait autour de lui, avec les yeux de l innocence, tait parfois trange, comme ces men es de tonton Boula Boula avec la femme du vieux Bidi ou autre flirt du m me avec les hautes sph res politiques du pays Par cet oncle donc, [...]

    10. Carolyn Dorstek says:

      I really enjoyed reading Little Boys Come From The Stars by an author from the Congo Republic, Emmanuel Dongola He captivates his reader with an innocent account of growing up in Africa, then gives his interpretation of the turmoil that spreads through the government I think he captures, in a very personal way, the impact of oppression such as Apartheid Another disturbing first hand account account, although not of Apartheid but of similar oppression in Sierra Leone, West Africa is by Ishmael B [...]

    11. Cheryl says:

      Emmanuel Dongala created such an interesting read His storytelling is endearing and clever He uses humor as he presents some very serious insight into the political struggles of the Congo Brazaville as it moves from a Communist dictatorship to a democratic nation Again, for most Americans, this is a situation most of us are totally unaware Also interesting is the exposure that Dongala gives to the tribal religious and cultural traditions.

    12. Allison says:

      This was really good I d never heard of it before, but had to read it for class and was very pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it The book s narrator, Matapari, is very endearing and innocent amidst the political turmoil of his small, no name African village There is a really beautiful quote from the book Don t you cry, Matapari You know life is lots of little gray clouds in a great blue sky.

    13. LindaMoctez says:

      A great story but not really well told Interesting to learn the history of the Congo and extremely disturbing Some terrifically drawn characters but the hero who writes is a but full of himself so the story loses credibility.

    14. Beth says:

      Underlying themes of the first ever born set of triplets in village, familial ties and traditions, and democracy as seen through different lenses, made for a story that was witty, enlightening, and educational.

    15. LDB says:

      I loved seeing the farce of African politics through the eyes of a young boy in all his innocence His take on everything kept me smiling as did the political antics that went on I greatly enjoyed Dongala s writing I will definitely be reading by him.

    16. Salena says:

      This book was far funnier than I expected it to be, given that it s about a communist state in equatorial Africa and its overthrow But the child narrator has some really humorous misunderstandings about the state of things.

    17. Kassandra says:

      I read this book when I had Emmanuel Dongala as a professor in college I must say it was very interesting analyzing a book in class when the professor was the one who wrote it But nevertheless, it was a pretty good read and I enjoyed it.

    18. Suzanne Rogers says:

      I enjoyed it I think some of our students will struggle with the satire.The grandfather is important, yet the family spend little time with him Curious thing to think about on Father s Day.

    19. María Eugenia says:

      al igual que la pel cula, la sencillez de lo trascendente es representada de modo ptimo

    20. Itisme says:

      2004

    21. Amona says:

      Adorable tale of twins triplets blended into pop culture and Congolese political systems.

    22. Allya Yourish says:

      Mais le monde est plein d nigmes car tout ce qui est profond ne se r v le pas au premier coup d oeil l univers s avance masqu et les hommes, apr s avoir mang , dans et fait l amour, passent le reste de leur temps essayer de d chiffrer ce qui se cache derri re l apparence des choses C est pourquoi ils crivent des livres et ceux qui ne savent pas crire interrogent les for ts, coutent les animaux, creusent la terre ou regardent les toiles Sache lire mon enfant, sache lire et les livres des hommes e [...]

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