ISBN 9789956726660
Pages 294
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2011
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Les Aventures Maritimes

Recit Autobiographique d'Edward Coxere

edited by Bill F. NDI

Pour réveiller l’intérêt du public du sort qui aurait été pendant longtemps celui de ce délice de récit d’aventure, Bill F. Ndi passe par Fontenelle pour ainsi justifier sa mission traductrice. Il s’agit d’une traduction du titre original anglais, Adventures by Sead’Edward Coxere, qui tient toute son importance du fait qu’elle permet de mettre en évidence les grandes lignes de l’évolution des idées et des mentalités dans la société anglaise du 17ème siècle. Cette traduction que nous offre Bill F. Ndi est celle d’un roman articulé autour de rebondissement sur rebondissement  qui étaye la dynamique au sein du mouvement Quaker des origines. Il s’agit-là d’un témoignage frappant de la première génération des prophètes Quakers ; une série d’aventure, d’intrépidité plein d’humour et de fines observations anthropologiques et linguistiques. C’est bien pour cette raison que le premier éditeur du récit soulignât qu’en matière de Variété, d’humour, d’authenticité, de description d’autoportrait, Edward Coxere appartient à ceux des grands héros de fiction d’aventure qui stimulent les jeunes et font oublier la vieillesse.

In order to fuel public interest regarding the fate that for long has struck this masterpiece cum adventure story, Bill F. Ndi references Fontenelle to justify his translation undertaking. It is a translation into French from the original English version, Adventures by Sea of Edward Coxere’s which holds its import from the fact that it traces the major trends in the evolution of ideas and mentalities in the 17th century English society. This translation brought to us by Bill F. Ndi is that of a novel spun around a series of upheavals that bring to life the dynamism within the early Quaker movement. It is a befitting testimony of the struggles of the early generation of Quaker prophets; a series of foolhardy adventures filled with humour and keen anthropological and linguistic observations. This and many more justify why E. H. W Meyerstein, the first editor of the book pointed out that in matters of humour, variety and description of self-portrait, Edward Coxere belongs to the great heroes of adventure fictions which would stimulate youths and easily make one to forget old age.

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About the Editor

Bill F. NDI

Dr. Bill F. NDI, poet, playwright, storyteller, critic, translator & academic was born in Bamunka-Ndop, the North West Region of Cameroon and educated at GBHS Bamenda & Essos, the University of Yaoundé, Nigeria: ABSU, Paris: ISIT, the Sorbonne, Paris VIII & UCP where he obtained his doctorate degree in Languages, Literatures and Contemporary Civilizations. He has held teaching positions at the Paris School of Languages, the University of the Sunshine Coast at Sippy Downs, the University of Queensland, Brisbane, St Lucia and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He is presently a faculty with the department of English and Foreign Languages at Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA.