• "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"

  • "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