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[ Read Online In Sorcery's Shadow: A Memoir of Apprenticeship among the Songhay of Niger ☆ movies PDF ] by Paul Stoller Ö The Tale Of Paul Stoller's Sojourn Among Sorcerors In The Republic Of Niger Is A Story Of Growth And Change, Of Mutual Respect And Understanding That Will Challenge All Who read It To Plunge Deeply Into An Alien World
While on the one hand it is a stellar work that deserves accolade right alongside Stephen King and Homer, it is also something very special: it is an ethnography.
I have to make it clear what this means.
This is not 'based on a true story' like The Mothman Prophecies or Apollo 13.
These aren't true events that have been fictionalized and dramatized by the pen of the writer.
This is an actual scientific study by an anthropologist dealing with the sorcery subculture in the Songhay region of Niger.
Everything that happens in it is verifiable and true.
It is not a novel.
This makes it hard to review.
Much like the Odyssey, I find it difficult to comment on such scholarly endeavors.
But still, the hope is that you will read this and go out and pick i An anthropologist’s memoir of apprenticing himself to various sorcerers in Niger in the 1970s and 80s, this book has great material to work with, but is written in a rather dry, academic style.
I had the sense the author spends all his reading time immersed in academic works and perhaps hadn’t actually read a popular memoir, though he clearly did his best to make it accessible by including lots of dialogue and breaking it down into short chapters.
There are some storytelling infelicities, like when a major character finally steps over the line near the end, and only then does the author suddenly list all of the major warning signs that had apparently been there all along.
Perhaps my larger issue with the book, though, is that while the author talks a big game in the introduction about this bold move he’s making by putting himself in the n
Concerned about his professional objectivity, Stoller wonders if it's ethical for an anthropologist to become initiated by a sorcerer, and actually practice sorcery.
My feeling is that all practice of sorcery by anyone is at the very least ethically grey.
It's an amoral path.
Of all the sorcerers that Stoller encountered in Niger, the only one I respected was Adamu Jennitongo.
The others were deceptive.
Adamu Jennitongo was the only one who was honest with Stoller.
Stoller says repeatedly that he wanted to become "hard".
The sorcerers Stoller studied with indicated that becoming "hard" is their ideal.
It seems to me that the only way to achieve that goal is to renounce values that I regard as more important like friendship, trust and loyalty.
Tha A fascinating look at the Songhay culture of western Niger through the eyes of an anthropologist who became an apprentice sorcerer.
Perhaps the question for this nonfiction account is how much of Paul Stoller's description of sorcery's power is true? Or to the extent that "truth" is a subjective interpretation of events selectively remembered, how many of Paul Stoller's experiences would I have interpreted the same way? But I took it as he recounted it, and so found this a hard book to put down.
When I mentioned the premise of the book to a woman who had lived for years in West Africa already, she took off immediately on a tear against the native belief in witch doctors and sorcery.
While Paul's book never suggests the sorcer