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Numukeba, a blacksmith from the Niger River kingdom of Joliba, readies himself to become a warrior-hero and struggles to uncover the meaning of fate, honor, and nobility in this mythical tale of African magic
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This is a highly unusual novel: written by an American, it is set in the Sudan of several hundred years ago, interspersed with numerous verses sung by djeli (bard-historians), but unified by a central theme of the eternal struggle between providential fate and random chance. The hero, Numekeba, a blacksmith turned quester, undergoes varied adventures, including a descent into the land of the dead and metamorphosis into a dog. The book should be appreciated by younger readers, who will enjoy Numekeba's valiant exploits and the repeated appearances of the wizard Etchuba, Owner of the Red Powder, but it will also appeal to adults. Courlander's vivid imagination and careful control of his exotic material make this ``created epic'' a rich and intriguing work. Peter Sabor, English Dept., Queen's Univ., Kingston, Ont.
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Book Description Random House Value Publishing, new york, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. FRONT COVER DESIGN IS DIFFERENT FROM THE IMAGE POSTED. DUST JACKET HAS A PICTURE OF A KNIGHT RIDING A HORSE AND CARRYING A SWORD. GOLSSY JACKET. Seller Inventory # 011812
Book Description Random House Value Publishing, 1985. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0517558076
Book Description Random House Value Publishing, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110517558076