Broken Glass by Alain Mabanckou

Alain is originally from the Congo but now teaches in ucla in america ,he won the Prix Renaudot for his book Memoirs of a porcupine ,he also has another book Published by serpents tail that publish this edition .he studied law in Brazzaville before moving to france and is also a poet ,he also writes poetry .Broken Glass follows broken glass a man who is broken and spends all his time in a backstreet bar in congo ,at one time a teacher that fell on bad times after a scandal at the school he taught .the boss of the bar credit gone west suggest that broken glass should talk to the regulars about their lives and make a book of it as he has heard many western writers like to drink and write .so Broken glass starts talking to the regular and find himself drawn in to the equally woeful lives .We discover bad wives ,bad husbands along the way .there are some wonderful names pampers man ,broken glass .

Let’s say the boss of the bar Credit gone west gave me this notebook to fill , he’s convinced that I Broken Glass – can turn out a book .because one day ,for a laugh ,I told him abut this famous writer that drunk like a fish ,and had to be picked up off the street when he got drunk ,which shows you should never joke with the boss .

the opening of broken glass .

This book runs at such a pass ,you can feel the speech of  this part of the world joyful and non stop ,the sentences are long but don’t seem it as you get swept along through drinks and chats to see the different lives of the regulars .I worked for a time in a pub in my distant youth and can easily identify with the people of Credit gone west ,men escaping with ,men seeking solace in drink after being  disappointed in their life,  as in the pub they are all equal ,this is such a refreshing book to read Alain Manabckou deserves his tag of being one of the writers in the 21 century to watch . he is due in london soon to be part of the lrb weeekend .

Winston’s score –

baboon colourful ,like to get drunk of fruit ,social and very african

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. amymckie
    Jun 16, 2010 @ 14:01:30

    Oohh this sounds like a really great read. I went to add it to my wish list and was pleasantly surprised to find it already there!


  2. Tom C
    Jun 16, 2010 @ 21:40:21

    Nice review Stu. I read and reviewed this and thought it was great fun. Definitely a one-off – quite unique


  3. Bina
    Jun 17, 2010 @ 19:57:50

    That sounds like a wonderful book, thanks for bringing it to my attention! I also love the cover of the book 🙂


  4. Kinna
    Jun 18, 2010 @ 17:56:52

    Nice Review Stu. I haven’t read any of his books yet. Added to my wishlist


    • winstonsdad
      Jun 18, 2010 @ 20:52:23

      thanks kinna ,sure you ll get to him he is very good i ll be getting his others ,all the best stu


  5. lisa (the little reader)
    Jun 23, 2010 @ 01:44:29

    oh, this one sounds really interesting. and i love the picture of the baboon!


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