Curbside pickup and returns now available at 26 locations. View updated hours of operations here.

Allah is Not Obliged
(Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read)

Book Cover
Average Rating
Published:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011
Status:
Available from OverDrive
Description
ALLAH IS NOT OBLIGED TO BE FAIR ABOUT ALL THE THINGS HE DOES HERE ON EARTH.These are the words of the boy soldier Birahima in the final masterpiece by one of Africa’s most celebrated writers, Ahmadou Kourouma. When ten-year-old Birahima's mother dies, he leaves his native village in the Ivory Coast, accompanied by the sorcerer and cook Yacouba, to search for his aunt Mahan. Crossing the border into Liberia, they are seized by rebels and forced into military service. Birahima is given a Kalashnikov, minimal rations of food, a small supply of dope and a tiny wage. Fighting in a chaotic civil war alongside many other boys, Birahima sees death, torture, dismemberment and madness but somehow manages to retain his own sanity. Raw and unforgettable, despairing yet filled with laughter, Allah Is Not Obliged reveals the ways in which children's innocence and youth are compromised by war.
Also in This Series
Formats
Adobe EPUB eBook
Works on all eReaders (except Kindles), desktop computers and mobile devices with reading apps installed.
Kindle Book
Works on Kindles and devices with a Kindle app installed.
Need Help?
If you are having problem transferring a title to your device, please fill out this support form or visit the library so we can help you to use our eBooks and eAudio Books.
More Like This
Other Editions and Formats
More Copies In LINK+
Loading LINK+ Copies...
More Details
Format:
Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read
Street Date:
06/01/2011
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780307793843
ASIN:
B004QZA4OW
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

Ahmadou Kourouma. (2011). Allah is Not Obliged. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Ahmadou Kourouma. 2011. Allah Is Not Obliged. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Ahmadou Kourouma, Allah Is Not Obliged. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2011.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Ahmadou Kourouma. Allah Is Not Obliged. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2011. Web.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
Copy Details
LibraryOwnedAvailable
Shared Digital Collection11
Staff View
Grouped Work ID:
e383b7cc-45d4-95d3-74cd-aa4c1f6bc716
Go To Grouped Work
Needs Update?:
No
Date Added:
Jun 12, 2018 17:12:05
Date Updated:
Jun 12, 2018 17:12:05
Last Metadata Check:
Oct 11, 2021 19:39:26
Last Metadata Change:
Oct 11, 2021 18:56:39
Last Availability Check:
Oct 11, 2021 19:39:29
Last Availability Change:
Jan 31, 2021 21:57:36
Last Grouped Work Modification Time:
Oct 16, 2021 02:08:36

OverDrive Product Record

images
    • cover:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/0111-1/{CCEC6941-B35D-4CE3-97F3-20AAFF24070C}Img100.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • thumbnail:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/0111-1/{CCEC6941-B35D-4CE3-97F3-20AAFF24070C}Img200.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover150Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-150/0111-1/CCE/C69/41/{CCEC6941-B35D-4CE3-97F3-20AAFF24070C}Img150.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover300Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-400/0111-1/CCE/C69/41/{CCEC6941-B35D-4CE3-97F3-20AAFF24070C}Img400.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
formats
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9780307793843
            • type: PublisherCatalogNumber
            • value: 95287
      • name: Adobe EPUB eBook
      • id: ebook-epub-adobe
      • identifiers:
            • type: ASIN
            • value: B004QZA4OW
            • type: PublisherCatalogNumber
            • value: 95287
      • name: Kindle Book
      • id: ebook-kindle
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9780307793843
            • type: PublisherCatalogNumber
            • value: 95287
      • name: OverDrive Read
      • id: ebook-overdrive
otherFormatIdentifiers
      • type: ISBN
      • value: 030727957X
mediaType
eBook
primaryCreator
    • role: Author
    • name: Ahmadou Kourouma
title
Allah is Not Obliged
dateAdded
2016-12-15T18:44:00-05:00
contentDetails
      • href: https://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=141&titleID=569963
      • type: text/html
      • account:
          • name: Sacramento Public Library (CA)
          • id: 1151
sortTitle
Allah is Not Obliged
crossRefId
569963
id
ccec6941-b35d-4ce3-97f3-20aaff24070c
starRating
3.5

OverDrive MetaData

isPublicDomain
False
formats
      • fileName: AllahisNotObliged_9780307793843_569963
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 1824913
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9780307793843
            • type: PublisherCatalogNumber
            • value: 95287
      • rights:
            • type: Copying
            • value: 0
            • type: Printing
            • value: 0
            • type: Lending
            • value: 0
            • type: ReadAloud
            • value: 0
            • type: ExpirationRights
            • value: 0
      • name: Adobe EPUB eBook
      • id: ebook-epub-adobe
      • onSaleDate: 06/01/2011
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-epub-adobe
            • url: https://excerpts.cdn.overdrive.com/FormatType-410/0111-1/CCE/C69/41/AllahisNotObliged9780307793843.epub
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=CCEC6941-B35D-4CE3-97F3-20AAFF24070C&.epub-sample.overdrive.com
      • fileName: AllahisNotObliged_569963
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 0
      • identifiers:
            • type: ASIN
            • value: B004QZA4OW
            • type: PublisherCatalogNumber
            • value: 95287
      • name: Kindle Book
      • id: ebook-kindle
      • onSaleDate: 06/01/2011
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-epub-adobe
            • url: https://excerpts.cdn.overdrive.com/FormatType-410/0111-1/CCE/C69/41/AllahisNotObliged9780307793843.epub
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=CCEC6941-B35D-4CE3-97F3-20AAFF24070C&.epub-sample.overdrive.com
      • fileName: AllahisNotObliged_9780307793843_569963
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 0
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9780307793843
            • type: PublisherCatalogNumber
            • value: 95287
      • name: OverDrive Read
      • id: ebook-overdrive
      • onSaleDate: 06/01/2011
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-epub-adobe
            • url: https://excerpts.cdn.overdrive.com/FormatType-410/0111-1/CCE/C69/41/AllahisNotObliged9780307793843.epub
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=CCEC6941-B35D-4CE3-97F3-20AAFF24070C&.epub-sample.overdrive.com
keywords
      • value: family
      • value: Friendship
      • value: literary fiction
      • value: War
      • value: Revolution
      • value: Historical
      • value: romance
      • value: resistance
      • value: culture
      • value: contemporary fiction
      • value: Fiction
      • value: crime
      • value: novels
      • value: classic
      • value: Coming of age
      • value: World History
      • value: Death
      • value: Comedy
      • value: Military
      • value: Civil War
      • value: Short Stories
      • value: mystery
      • value: Drama
      • value: Modern
      • value: England
      • value: Adventure
      • value: french
      • value: race
      • value: Military Fiction
      • value: Thriller
      • value: genocide
      • value: action adventure
      • value: Vietnam War
      • value: survival
      • value: roman
      • value: literature
      • value: fiction books
      • value: fantasy
      • value: school
      • value: realistic fiction
      • value: gifts for history buffs
      • value: military books
      • value: war books
      • value: realistic fiction books
      • value: books fiction
creators
      • role: Author
      • fileAs: Kourouma, Ahmadou
      • bioText:

        Ahmadou Kourouma was born in the Ivory Coast in 1927. He was the author of the novels The Suns of Independence, Monnew, and Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote. Hailed as one of the leading African writers in French, he died in 2003.

      • name: Ahmadou Kourouma
imprint
Anchor
publishDate
2011-06-01T05:00:00+01:00
isOwnedByCollections
True
title
Allah is Not Obliged
fullDescription
ALLAH IS NOT OBLIGED TO BE FAIR ABOUT ALL THE THINGS HE DOES HERE ON EARTH.These are the words of the boy soldier Birahima in the final masterpiece by one of Africa’s most celebrated writers, Ahmadou Kourouma. When ten-year-old Birahima's mother dies, he leaves his native village in the Ivory Coast, accompanied by the sorcerer and cook Yacouba, to search for his aunt Mahan. Crossing the border into Liberia, they are seized by rebels and forced into military service. Birahima is given a Kalashnikov, minimal rations of food, a small supply of dope and a tiny wage. Fighting in a chaotic civil war alongside many other boys, Birahima sees death, torture, dismemberment and madness but somehow manages to retain his own sanity. Raw and unforgettable, despairing yet filled with laughter, Allah Is Not Obliged reveals the ways in which children's innocence and youth are compromised by war.
reviews
      • premium: False
      • source: The Spectator (London)
      • content:

        "A tour de force -- original, irreverent, brutal, funny, poetic -- in which history and myth are brilliantly evoked." --The Independent (London)"This is one of the funniest, most powerful, most intense novels to appear in French for a decade." --Le Nouvel Observateur (Paris)"Shocking and deeply moving. . . . . An African Lord of the Flies." --The Guardian (London)"Witty and wholly authentic. . . . Spellbinding. . . . Kourouma has been likened to Voltaire. . . Gabriel García Márquez also comes to mind, likewise John Updike's sparkling ventriloquism."

      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
      • content:

        Starred review from February 12, 2007
        The late Ivory Coast author and political activist Kourouma (Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote
        ) writes with a brutal and obscene frankness reminiscent of Celine in this powerfully tragic novel about a West African child soldier who learns early that "Allah is not obliged to be fair about all the things he does here on earth." Unsure if he's 10 or 12 years old, "rude as a goat's beard" Birahima, a third-grade dropout, recalls how his once-beautiful mother became an amputee who "moved on her arse like a caterpillar" and that he suspected her of being a soul-devouring sorceress. After her death, the boy is entrusted to a roguish shaman and sent to live with an aunt in Liberia. En route, they fall into the clutches of a warlord, and Birahima joins their forces as a boy soldier, witnessing and participating in all manner of savagery. Although Birahima's regurgitation of word definitions and chunks of West African history is awkward, this French import is a worthy if difficult read. And the popularity of the current Starbucks pick, the child soldier memoir A Long Way Gone
        , can't hurt sales potential.

popularity
11
links
    • self:
        • href: https://api.overdrive.com/v1/collections/v1L1BWwAAAA2I/products/ccec6941-b35d-4ce3-97f3-20aaff24070c/metadata
        • type: application/vnd.overdrive.api+json
id
ccec6941-b35d-4ce3-97f3-20aaff24070c
starRating
4
images
    • cover:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/0111-1/{CCEC6941-B35D-4CE3-97F3-20AAFF24070C}Img100.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • thumbnail:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/0111-1/{CCEC6941-B35D-4CE3-97F3-20AAFF24070C}Img200.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover150Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-150/0111-1/CCE/C69/41/{CCEC6941-B35D-4CE3-97F3-20AAFF24070C}Img150.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover300Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-400/0111-1/CCE/C69/41/{CCEC6941-B35D-4CE3-97F3-20AAFF24070C}Img400.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
isPublicPerformanceAllowed
False
languages
      • code: en
      • name: English
subjects
      • value: Fiction
      • value: Literature
publishDateText
06/01/2011
otherFormatIdentifiers
      • type: ISBN
      • value: 030727957X
mediaType
eBook
shortDescription
ALLAH IS NOT OBLIGED TO BE FAIR ABOUT ALL THE THINGS HE DOES HERE ON EARTH.These are the words of the boy soldier Birahima in the final masterpiece by one of Africa’s most celebrated writers, Ahmadou Kourouma. When ten-year-old Birahima's mother dies, he leaves his native village in the Ivory Coast, accompanied by the sorcerer and cook Yacouba, to search for his aunt Mahan. Crossing the border into Liberia, they are seized by rebels and forced into military service. Birahima is given a Kalashnikov, minimal rations of food, a small supply of dope and a tiny wage. Fighting in a chaotic civil war alongside many other boys, Birahima sees death, torture, dismemberment and madness but somehow manages to retain his own sanity. Raw and unforgettable, despairing yet filled with laughter, Allah Is Not Obliged reveals the ways in which children's innocence and youth are compromised by war.
sortTitle
Allah is Not Obliged
crossRefId
569963
publisher
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group