"A work of luminous humanity" (Michael Thompson-Noel Financial Times
"it is a powerful, shocking and deeply moving novel, an African Lord of the Flies
...Through Kourouma's skilful telling, the characters live on the page" (Aminatta Forna Guardian
"An exceptional storyteller" (Independent
"Allah is Not Obliged
... deftly captures the mixture of horror, fascination and detachment with which a child views the world of grown-up folly" (The Economist
"Melding fiction and fact with the humility of childhood, Ahmadou Kourouma deftly exposes the desperate nature of the civil wars - and the relentless poverty - that have ravaged Africa, and brings the grandeur of gestures such as the G8 pledges into uncomfortably sharp relief" (Sarak Birke New Statesman
An extraordinarily powerful and affecting novel of Africa's child-soldiers, by French Africa's pre-eminent novelist, in the tradition of City of God.