Master of the Forge: A West African Odyssey

Master of the Forge: A West African Odyssey

by Harold Courlander
     
 

The Master of the Forge tells the tale of Numukeba, a blacksmith from the village of Naradugu, who abandons his forge to seek honor and nobility as a soldier of fortune. Numukeba arms himself with the weapons of his forge and talismans of magical power and sets out on an eleven-year journey through the land. He undergoes frequent trial by combat, outwits kings, heroes… See more details below

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The Master of the Forge tells the tale of Numukeba, a blacksmith from the village of Naradugu, who abandons his forge to seek honor and nobility as a soldier of fortune. Numukeba arms himself with the weapons of his forge and talismans of magical power and sets out on an eleven-year journey through the land. He undergoes frequent trial by combat, outwits kings, heroes and beasts, descends into the land of the dead, is turned into a dog, and is sold into slavery. Throughout his travels he is harassed by the sorcerer Etchuba, the personification of chance, against whom Numukeba struggles to prove that man's destiny is not a series of accidents, but is written in steel as unbending as the weapons born in his forge.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569247891
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
1ST MARLOW
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.71(d)

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