- By Alain Mabanckou

Petit Piment

  • Title: Petit Piment
  • Author: Alain Mabanckou
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Petit Piment Jeune orphelin de Pointe Noire Petit Piment effectue sa scolarit dans une institution plac e sous l autorit abusive et corrompue de Dieudonn Ngoulmoumako Arrive bient t la r volution socialiste les

    Jeune orphelin de Pointe Noire, Petit Piment effectue sa scolarit dans une institution plac e sous l autorit abusive et corrompue de Dieudonn Ngoulmoumako Arrive bient t la r volution socialiste, les cartes sont redistribu es L aventure commence Elle le conduira notamment chez Maman Fiat 500 et ses dix filles, et la vie semble enfin lui sourire dans la gait quotidieJeune orphelin de Pointe Noire, Petit Piment effectue sa scolarit dans une institution plac e sous l autorit abusive et corrompue de Dieudonn Ngoulmoumako Arrive bient t la r volution socialiste, les cartes sont redistribu es L aventure commence Elle le conduira notamment chez Maman Fiat 500 et ses dix filles, et la vie semble enfin lui sourire dans la gait quotidienne de cette maison pas si close que a, o il rend toutes sortes de services Jusqu ce que ce bonheur s croule Petit Piment finit par perdre la t te, mais pas le nord il sait qu il a une vengeance prendre contre celui qui a bris son destin.Dans ce roman envo t et envo tant, l auteur renoue avec le territoire de son enfance, et sait parfaitement allier la na vet et la lucidit pour nous faire pouser le point de vue de ses personnages.Finaliste du Man Booker Prize International 2015, Alain Mabanckou est l auteur d une dizaine de romans dont Verre Cass 2005 et M moires de Porc pic prix Renaudot 2006 Son uvre est traduite dans une vingtaine de langues Il enseigne la litt rature francophone l Universit de Californie Los Angeles UCLA.

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    1. - 3.5 stars -I'm really curious to know the reason behind the choice of the title for the English version (that will be released on June 6th). Indeed I'm pretty sure there's a wink somewhere for us to see : from the French Petit Piment (literally, 'little hot pepper', which is the main character nickname after some hmm hot pepper affair, lol) to the English Black Moses (which is the name given by a priest to the MC), we seem to embrace all the different parts of our dear boy, contradictions and [...]

    2. It all began when I was a teenager, and came to wonder about the name I' d been given by Papa Moupelo, the priest at the orphanage in Loango: Tokumisa Nzambe po Mose yamoyindo abotami namboka ya Bakoko. A long name, which in Lingala means: 'Thanks be to God, the black Moses is born on the earth of our ancestors' as it still inscribed on my birth certificate today. Book 11 of 13 for me from the 2017 Man Booker International longlist.Alain Mabanckou was a finalist in the previous author (rather th [...]

    3. 3.5I believe that the rating would have been higher if it was the first Mabanckou’s book I've read. Black Moses is sparkling with greatest AM’s qualities - satire, dark humour, political absurdities, ability to address heavy issues with irony and wisdom, refers brilliantly to African folklore, Judaeo-Christian tradition, literature All that is great however, after reading Tomorrow I'll be Twenty and, exquisite in my opinion, Broken Glass I want more from him than seeing again not only the sa [...]

    4. Black Moses may not be for everybody. If unwieldy character names put you off, for example, you’ll be put off right from the start with this one: Tokumisa Nzambe po Mose yamoyindo abotami namboka ya Bakoko, or, in shorthand “Moses.” If you’re not familiar with the repressive politics of the Congo and feel that you’re missing out, you may want to brush up on it first (and even then, you won’t truly catch every reference).Have I frightened you off yet? Hopefully not, because this is a [...]

    5. There is something strange about the balance of this book. If you read the blurb here on , it gives you a break down of the initial plot and then says "What follows is". This suggests an introduction followed by a longer tale that expands on "what follows". However, the actual book is in two parts of almost exactly equal length. I didn't read that blurb until I reached the end of part one, but I turned to it then because I genuinely felt that I had spent half a book reading the introduction and [...]

    6. I could not connect with this story at all. The last 50 pages or so were the most interesting. I felt like this was the writer's outline to the real story.

    7. 2.5 stars.Black Moses was yet another of my Man Booker International Prize 2017 Longlist reads, and I can quite understand why this didn't make the shortlist. Although it is an enjoyable and easy read for the most part, there were issues I had with it and overall it didn't really leave much of a mark on me.It follows young Moses (whose full name is far too long to type), as he tries to get by in the orphanage he's grown up in as it's taken over by an overtly political director, before making his [...]

    8. “Petit piment” or “Black Moses”, as per the English translation, is a novel by famed African writer Alain Mabanckou.The novel follows the life of a young Congolese orphan by the name of Moses who tries, like all of the other characters in the novel incidentally, to find a better life for himself in a corrupt, dangerous and unjust world.Moses’ childhood years are spent undergoing terrible abuse and deprivation in an orphanage. He later runs away to the big city, where things are just as [...]

    9. A little book that is quite inventive in it's structure and style.The first half is about life in an Congolese orphanage at Loango. The narrator is 13 years old and things are changing in the country. The teaching moves from the religious to the government slogans of socialism.Moses escapes with two fellow orphans and they reach Pointe Noire where they run a local gang. Moses meets a local madam and lives with her for a while before moving into a job on the wharves.He then suffers from some sort [...]

    10. It is a coming-of-age story, where are political circumstances (corruption, nepotism, arbitrariness) shown with the satirical elements and the story is set in the time from the mid 60s until the 90s. The time period is not explicitly mentioned, but it can be seen from the story (the disappearance of a priest, the mention of Cuban soldiers - consultants, the mention of Brussels, Congolese Party of Labor) and from sequence of event. We follow the life of Moses, at first in an orphanage and later a [...]

    11. Si la lecture de Petit Piment était relativement agréable, il me semble que justement, c'est de piment que ce livre semble manquer. Le narratif de l'enfant des rues africain, il me semble, a été travaillé avec beaucoup plus de puissance chez d'autres auteurs (Monémembo, Kourouma). Je pourrais cependant comprendre comment ce livre offre une vision d'un pays d'Afrique qui n'est pas plongé dans un bain de sang, contrairement à Allah n'est pas obligé et L'aîné des orphelins. Néanmoins, i [...]

    12. Le romancier franco-congolais Alain Mabanckou raconte dans son nouveau roman « Petit Piment » la vie d'un orphelin de Pointe-Noire, capitale économique du Congo. L'enfant a été prénommé par un prêtre « Rendons grâce à Dieu, le Moïse noir est né sur la terre des ancêtres », mais il est appelé Moïse et surnommé Petit Piment par les jumeaux, terreurs de l'orphelinat. Nous suivons avec beaucoup de plaisir et le sourire aux lèvres les aventures du jeune garçon au sein de l' or [...]

    13. Meine MeinungIch kannte weder den Autor (Anscheinend mehrfach preisgekrönt) noch diesen Roman, bevor ich das Buch zufällig in der Bibliothek entdeckt habe. Cover und Klappentext haben jedoch sofort mein Interesse geweckt. Der Kongo ist ein Land, über das ich nur sehr wenig weiß, daher fand ich es besonders spannend, mehr über diese Nation und ihre Geschichte zu erfahren. Am Anfang musste ich mich ein bisschen an die Namen gewöhnen, das hat sich dann aber schnell gegeben. Der Autor stellt d [...]

    14. So I'm starting 2018 with a book I didn't care for.  That doesn't bode well, does it?  It's an ARC I've been working on for months, and couldn't seem to force myself through, so I finally decided that I'd had enough, and called it finished at about the 50% mark.The original title of this book is "Little Pepper," referring to the nickname given to Moses after he gets revenge for his best friend with a dose of very hot pepper.  He is a little pepper; sharp, hot, taking no shit.  Don't really k [...]

    15. God I miss Africa!Petit Piment sonne très Mabanckou, et pour ceux qui ont lu «Demain j'aurai vingt ans», les 100 premières pages du livre auraient pu très bien faire partie de cet autre ouvrage du même auteur. On y revoit un petit garçon, surnommé Petit Piment, dans un orphelinat, vivre et observer le monde et le commenter tel un plus grand. Petit Piment vivra tout au long de sa vie divers abandon ce qui l'affectera plus tard. Il aurait pu être le petit de DJVA qui écoutait sa radio et [...]

    16. 2.5 Stars This book started off interesting. I felt more connected to Moses in the first half of the book, and I really liked the descriptions of Congolese history that we got. However, the second half of the book lost me. The story seemed to fall apart and I felt that Moses's health issues could have been much better represented. At times they felt like a gimmick, for humor's sake, lacking the seriousness they should have carried. Additionally, the story itself felt rushed and the ending was ex [...]

    17. Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017. This short novel about a Congolese boy (Moses) who escapes a corruptly-run orphanage and lives on the streets takes place in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the Republic of Congo was transitioning to a hard-core communist state. Much of the mordant humor targets the corruption of the country, and Moses can be seen as an “everyman” character, trying to survive in such a world. Unfortunately, the novel is too short to adequately expl [...]

    18. Lukumaratonin innoittamana luin tämän pienoisromaanin alle vuorokaudessa, ja se olikin varsin mainio lukukokemus. Ei nyt ehkä mikään päätähuimaavan hieno, mutten siitä varsinaisesti mitään moitittavaakaan löytänyt. Sujuva ja veijarimainen satiiriseikkailu Kongon sosialistisen vallankumouksen keskellä, josta olisi ehkä saanut vieläkin enemmän irti, jos aihepiiri olisi ollut tutumpi.

    19. This just never quite clicked with me. There's some parts that are real good, but in general I didn't feel like it came together. Like the ending didn't really fit the beginning and didn't get there in a way that felt like it justified half the book being about the orphanage.

    20. On suit les traces de Moise alias Petit Piment au cours de ses aventures à l'orphelinat ou il y reste jusqu'à ses treize ans, puis à Pointe-Noire lorsqu'il décide de s'enfuir pour s'affranchir des règles et mener une vie de vagabond avec ses amis.C'est raconté avec délice, avec drôlerie avec candeur même parfois mais tous les travers d'un pays menés par la dictature, la corruption & la violence sont des ingrédients qui font bien partie intégrante du récit & qui tissent la to [...]

    21. Solid book about growing up in a Congolese orphanage. First third of the novel concerns Moses and his day to day; second third is about Moses after he and the twins escape, and his relationship with the women in brothel (mostly maternal); the final third of the novel concerns Moses's deteriorating mental health due to malnutrition. I wish the book, rather than going into that final third, had expanded the first two sections because they were so rich and illuminating and interesting, and the last [...]

    22. Review published: chronicbibliophilia.wordpress“[Papa Moupelo] was our moral compass, the spiritual father of all us children who’d never known their biological father, and whose only example of paternal authority came at best from the priest, and at worst from the Director of the orphanage. Papa Moupelo stood for tolerance, absolution and redemption, while Dieudonné Ngoulmoumako was the embodiment of malice and disrespect. The affection we showed our priest came from the bottom of our hear [...]

    23. Alain Mabanckou brings an extraordinary positive energy, good humour and a wide-eyed honesty to everything he touches. What an amazing way to talk about the unbearable cruelty of life for a boy abandoned by his parents into an orphanage in the Congo - only to have the few scraps of caring in the institution blown away by political manoeuvring in the wake of the "People's Revolution." Somehow the story avoids melodrama as our Black Moses escapes the orphanage and joins a street gang in Pointe Noi [...]

    24. Okay so the chaptering, prose, and section breaks were great. Moses is an orphan at an orphanage in rural Congo during the 1970's - Marxists take over the state in part, so the orphanage changes suddenly from religiously-themed to a "factory of communist ideals." This first part is pretty solid, and I like the Don Quixote "story within stories" where Moses talks with the older caretakers and hears about their lives. The second part is pretty forgettable - he runs away to the nearby city, roams w [...]

    25. “You tell yourself, you may debase your body tonight, but tomorrow you’ll wash it clean, and restore its purity. So you was it once with bleach, you wash it twice with alcohol, then you stop washing altogether, you accept your acts as your own, because no water on earth ever gave anyone back their purity. If it could, surely with all the streams and rivers and seas and oceans there are on earth, all men and women here below would be pure and innocent.” – p 127Black Moses by Alain Mabanck [...]

    26. Wonderful prose and very witty. A coming-of-age story, set at the start of the 1970s, about a Congolese boy, named 'Moses' in the beginning which became 'Little Pepper' after a retribution stunt against a set of twins, growing up in an orphanage in Loango, Congo; his escape from the corrupt orphanage director's hold; and his life on the streets of Pointe-Noire's Cote Sauvage. He doesn't come to a very happy end, but his peace of mind returns. I really enjoyed the authenticity of the author's sto [...]

    27. Tästä kirjasta oli jossain määrin vaikea saada otetta. Kyseessä on Pikku Pippurin nimelläkin kutsuttavan päähenkilön elämäntarina, alkaen orpokotilapsuudesta ja päätyen suhteellisen dramaattisiin tapahtumiin, joita en tässä spoilaa, mutta lapsuutta taustoitetaan ehkä vähän turhankin paljon kokonaisuuden jälkeen, sillä orpokotiaika päättyy vasta kirjan puolivälissä ja sen jälkeiset tapahtumat menevät vähän pikakelauksella. Ei siinä, mutta kun kirja on kirjoitettu muis [...]

    28. Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou opens in the 1970s in an orphanage on the outskirts of Pointe-Noire a port city in the Republic of Congo. Our young protagonist with an incredibly long name but known as Moses (for short) is surprised when Papa Moupelo, a kindly ‘pocket-sized’ priest in elevator heels abruptly disappears. This absence coincides with regime change in the country as the Republic of Congo becomes the People’s Republic of Congo. The introduction of communism and the removal of th [...]

    29. Enjoyable writing, ok characters, so-so plot line and the over all experience of a buffet meal at your local Hilton where you realize at the end you ate exactly the same things you had last time you were there. Plot and characters do not attain the dizzy heights of those met (and never forgotten) in this writer's phenomenal "Broken Glass" or even his "Black Bazaar". Story plods along somewhat, with a plot nothing as original as with his "Memoirs of a Porcupine". Kept me laughing and nodding on b [...]

    30. I think high school teens will relate to the young protagonist who grows up in an orphanage and is subjected to absurd indoctrination, privations, and difficulties. In fact, the absurdity of the world around Moses becomes apparent in many of the scenes and characters he interacts with. The story was choppy to me and left many things unresolved, however, it is an ultimately interesting book which will interest those who want to expand their scope outside of Western literature.

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