Ignorance is The Enemy of Love is based on a real incident of the last century, it tells the story of a young woman who sends a love letter to a man who cannot read, with sad consequences. Considering this is the first full-length Somali novel, it is pretty good. It is set at the beginning of the twentieth century and is the story of Cawrala and Calimaax. Fate brings them together as they travel on the same ship from Aden. However, the ship runs into a storm but Calimaax is able to rescue Cawrala. This novel was the first major literary publication in the Somali language, which had no official orthography until 1972.
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Faarax M.J.Cawl was born im Laskory in the Sanag Region of Somalia in 1937. He has always been a committed Somali patriot and deeply interested in his country's oral literature. He was first educated at Hargeysa Trade School in Somalia and then obtained a scholarship to study at the Chelsea College of Aeronautical and Automobile Engineering in London (1959-62). On his return he first worked as a technical instructor and then in 1964 joined the Somali Police Force, where he was responsible for motor transport, and reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. The Somali Police, incidentally, have a strong tradition of public service over and above their ordinary duties, and are frequently involved in community welfare and development schemes. In 1979 Faarax M.J. Cawl was seconded to the National Transport Agency and is its General Manager. In spite of all his responsibilities he found time to write a second novel, Garbaduubkii gumeysiga ( The Shackles of Colonialism ), published in Mogadishu in 1978, and by dhibanaha aan dhalan (The Unborn Victim ) in 1989. In 1991, Faarax, along with several members of his family, were killed during the Somali Civil War.Review:
"Ignorance is the enemy of love is loosely based on a real incident in the early years of last century , it tells the story of young woman who sends a love letter to a man who cannot read, with sad consequences." B.W.Andrzjewski.( The Guardian ) " Faarax will be remembered for his writing and as the first person to publish a novel in Somali" Martin Owen ( The Independent ) " On the voyage, however, she falls in love with a young Dervish guerrilla, Calimaax who saves her the dhow sinks in a storm." Barry Schalchter (Herald Tribune ) " The complete press run of 10,000 was grabbed up in six months." ( Daily American ) 'It is a simple story, based on apparently true traditional account.' (The Guardian) "Ignorance is the enemy of love, the characters were real persons rather than more imaginary creations." Glad Diri ( Nigeria New Times )
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