#Quotes from Ahmadou Kourouma's Allah is not Obliged*

The full, final and completely complete title of my bullshit story is: Allah is not obliged to be fair about all the things he does here on earth. [1]

A man should always thank the shea tree for the fruits gathered from beneath its branches. [9]

Balla used to say no kid ever leaves his mother's hut because her farts stink. [10]

Once a fart is out of your arse you can't put it back. [20]

When people say there's tribal wars in a country, it means that big important warlords have divided the country up. They've divided up all the money, all the land, all the people. They divide up everything and the whole world lets them, everyone in the whole world lets them kill innocent men and children and women. [43]

Even a chicken-thief will tell you: if you pull off a big robbery with someone, you will never truly enjoy the spoils until the other person is dead. [95]

You follow the elephant through the jungle so as not to get wet from the dew. [159]
Translated by Frank Wynne. Read the review here.


  1. Interesting, I got it waiting for me on my shelf. :-) I look forward to your review.


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