Little Boys Come from the Stars (Paperback)

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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 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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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780385721226
SKU 30860069
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0385721226
Release Date 3/1/2002
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.5T
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"[A] glorious 1998 novel....This unfailingly lively and charming tale, filled with boisterous comic episodes, deepens appreciably as it proceeds....A brilliant, many-colored work...."
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Annotation Matapari is a precocious young man growing up in the chaotic world of postcolonial Africa, in the Congo Republic. He tells his own story--one filled with political corruption, the exploits of his eccentric family, and the world of pop culture that comes to him from TV and the Internet.
Editors Note With masterful craftsmanship and a sweetly scathing tone, award-winning Congolese novelist Emmanuel Dongala has fashioned this touching yet profound post-colonial satire.Little Boys Come from the Stars is the story of a turbulent African nation seen through the eyes of a precocious teen dubbed Matapari (“trouble”). Though his father is a reclusive scholar, his mother a confused Catholic, and his uncle a shameless opportunist, Matapari is a regular kid who wears Reeboks, drinks Coke, and reads Japanese comics. But when his family becomes the center of the revolution, Matapari emerges as the ideal narrator–an ironically innocent voice that makes bearable and even humorous the realities it describes.
Editors Note 2 Matapari, a bright, mischievous Congolese boy, comes of age amid the turbulence, violence, and political upheaval of postcolonial Congo, in a family in which his uncle is a stooge for the country dictator and his father is a scholarly recluse obsessed with his work. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
Editors Note 3 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 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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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0256
Publisher Anchor Books

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