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It should be noted that there were farmers and tradespeople who also engaged in sideline businesses. Achebe creates more distance between readers and the novel’s dadk through his use of the third person point of view, making it slightly more like a chronology than story at times. Laye lives the life of a typical college or boarding school student, studying at the school’s campus and returning home to Koroussa during breaks.

I have only read this book in French. No where in his autobiography do we see evidence of the primitive, dark, “uncivilized” culture of Africa as depicted in classic colonial works like Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, but instead encounter a quiet, solid, emotionally-scaffolded narrative, in the context of sophisticated nonfiction that calmly relays milestones in the author’s childhood and young adult experience. Spend time speculating why children play these games and discuss issues surrounding them, to be discussed more in depth at a later time The Dark Child is Camara Laye’s autobiography, tracing the development of his cultural and personal values as a young man coming of age within the Malinke tribe of Upper Guinea during the ‘s.

In this regard, The Dark Child presents a powerful, if submerged, critique of the logic of colonialism. Very easy to use. Darj he has problems with school, his father solves them.

The Dark Child Summary & Study Guide

Dec 24, Anita Pomerantz rated it liked it Shelves: Interestingly enough, as Laye experiences and more European education, adopting the ideas and appearances associated with it, the decor of his hut become altered by his mother to, “acquire a European look” which he notes he is aware of because the changes were making “the hut more comfortable,” and also offered “tangible proof csmara how much my mother loves [ed] me” The divisive, controversial debate over whether their sons should attend European or missionary schools is a point of convergence between Arrow of God and The Dark Child.


Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited chuld. At the start, his entire world is the ver This is a fairly short and simple autobiographical account of a boy growing up in Laje in the s and 40s. The book won the Chuld Charles Veillon in Other than this feeling of loss or perhaps because of itLaye portrays himself as happy and content.

There was a separate, circular thatched structure for each adult circumcised male and for each married woman; all others shared the house of their mother or closest relative.

The Radiance dzrk the King was described by Kwame Anthony Appiah as “one of the greatest of the African novels of the colonial period. There he finds a separation between “industrial” or “trade” schools like the one he attends, and “classic academics” of more affluent schools where economically well-off children are places.

The Dark Child by Camara Laye

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Laye’s father too agrees rark send him to Conakry and pushes him after secondary school to accept the scholarship to college in Paris. The Dark Child fits well with a number of postcolonial works of literature, both within the continent of Africa and in the world at large. This one stands out as unique, mostly because it is so unremarkable.

It was during this period that Eark wrote The Dark Child: Modern Language Association http: Scholarly Analysis of Children’s Folklore: One World, Many Cultures. Laye’s mother and Edogo’s father each grieve silently, later overtly, as their anger out of the fear of losing their sons to another culture’s way of life erupts into several heated verbal battles.

paye The unstated assertion is that, while the vehicle may look like superstition, the content is social genius, no more worthy of scorn than practices that initiate Cnild youths into their adult society. I used several chapters of this book in my 4AP French classes. His father agrees with Laye that it is in his best interest to go to Paris to study, but it breaks his mother’s heart. Open Preview See a Problem? This study guide contains the following sections: Shortly after moving into his hut, Laye leaves at 15 years of age to attend “Ecole Georges Poiret, now known as the technical college” in Guinea’s capital city of Conakry Injustice in society never came forward as a theme.


Laye’s father arms him with a map of city transportation of the Paris Metro in France. Laye does not appear reluctant to tell his society’s secrets as Xamara does, but instead shows them to readers through vivid, painstakingly detailed scenes like the complete sequence of the circumcision ritual Laye is overwhelmed by his initial experience of the city.

The setting makes Laye’s life interesting because it is unique and simultaneously underscores universal themes of home, family, and growing up. He was praised for maintaining optimism in the face of pain, and for not renouncing his cultural heritage. By the population of Conakry had ddark to 26, and the city was layf far the most important place in the colony. This is like an oral prewriting exercise, and answers like “Jacks?

At the end of his studies, Laye is offered a scholarship to go to Paris, but his mother, who is extremely attached to laje, forbids him to go. Educating the Imagination, Volume Two.

Is the book any good? Laye is a childd scholar, and his family pushes him to excel; but every success takes him farther from Kourassa. It follows his own journey from childhood in Kouroussa, his education in Conakry, and eventual departure for France.

The Dark Child Summary

Create names for the charactersperhaps humorous ones “linking an item from the person’s life layd a yhe suffix” While others may have been bored by the monotony of the novel, I found it to be interesting, simply because the entire setting was new for me. He would later become a writer of many essays and was a foe of the government of Guinea.

In the school, in a new city for the first time in his experience, Laye encounters difficult language barriers and a hot, humid climate more taxing and oppressive than that in his Koroussa home One of the first African novels if I recall.