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Johnny Mad Dog: A Novel by Emmanuel Dongala

Johnny Mad Dog: A Novel (edition 2006)

by Emmanuel Dongala, Maria Louise Ascher (Translator)

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Title:Johnny Mad Dog: A Novel
Authors:Emmanuel Dongala
Other authors:Maria Louise Ascher (Translator)
Info:Picador (2006), Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:Books Read
Tags:Literature, Africa, 813

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Johnny Mad Dog: A Novel by Emmanuel Boundzéki Dongala


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A graphic and thoroughly cynical account of African warfare, told from the POVs of Mad Dog, a sixteen-year-old soldier, and Laokole, a sixteen-year-old refugee fleeing with her family from Mad Dog and his ilk. The two teens have more in common than they will ever know, but they're on opposite sides of a cruel conflict. Characters appear in full detail, then disappear just as quickly as they are killed. The affect is to leave the reader off balance. The selfishness and ineptitude of Western "humanitarian relief" efforts are portrayed as well -- they care more about rescuing wild animals than human refugees. The days pass by, the tension rises, and Mad Dog and Laokole come closer and closer to each other. The explosive, ambiguous ending leaves you wondering.

I think this book makes African war more real to me than any non-fiction account I have read thus far, and the author is good at characterization and foreshadowing too. However, the wooden dialogue kept me from giving it a five-star rating. ( )
  meggyweg | Nov 29, 2010 |
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Johnny Mad Dog, age sixteen, is a member of a rebel faction bent on seizing control of war-torn Congo. Laokolé, at the same age, simply wants to finish high school. Together, they narrate a crossing of paths that has explosive results. Set amid the chaos of West Africa's civil wars, and acclaimed by such writers as Philip Roth and Chinua Achebe, Emmanuel Dongala's powerful, exuberant, and terrifying new work is a coming-of-age story like no other.

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