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There’s assumption of the dignity of his people, descendants of the black Sudanese, their pride in their way of life. There’s rational Mohammedanism thinly . Complete summary of Camara Laye’s The Dark Child. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Dark Child. Analysis and discussion of characters in Camara Laye’s The Dark Child.

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For most Malinke, education was dispensed by parents, especially the mother, who imparted traditional knowledge in the form of songs, tales, and proverbs. It is not a complete story of his life; it is, in fact, only a tiny snippet.

Educational System of Guinee. I would recommend this book highly as I found his detailed account of the ‘ceremony of the lio This was a fascinating memoir of the author’s youth growing up in the village of Koroussa, French Guinea.

The right of others were highly respected. This section contains words approx. By the population of Conakry had swelled to 26, and the city was by far the most important place in the colony. 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. Get The Dark Child from Amazon. It began well, but the plot became uninteresting. The Advent of Islam in West Africa.

All these reforms suggested that perhaps France would finally implement a policy that so far it had invoked only as. Out of many postcolonial texts can come many interesting and critical student papers, ones that may relate well to student’s own personal life experiences and cultural backgrounds.

Examining the writing of published folklorists, and literary criticism on them. The context of the situation is integral.


Dec 14, Jen rated it really liked it Shelves: His family name is Camara, and following the tradition cild his community, it precedes his given name—Laye.

The Dark Child from BookRags. He thinks sadly about all he is leaving behind, then sticks his hand in his coat pocket and discovers a map of the Paris subway system. In reporting the results, Laye attributes some of the outcome to the energy of the religious leaders: She wonders if the French even have families, since they are so eager to destroy hers. His mother was from the village of Tindican, and his immediate childhood surroundings were not predominantly influenced by French culture.

The Dark Child by Camara Laye. To be sure, farm life is simpler than city life. He prepares to kill it, but fortunately does not: The means or powers required to perform an act are referred to as dalilu. Yet perhaps in the s, even a peaceful and unassuming literary description of African existence was an act of courage.

After all, it is no easy thing, when supposedly a few feet away from very real-sounding howling lions, to remember that your father has assured you that you will not be harmed. The book won the Prix Charles Veillon in Anyway, I enjoyed this book as an insight into a life at a moment of great change, starting in a very traditional setting and moving very quickly into different worlds. Sexual violence and coercion became hot topics inwith endless headlines.

The Dark Child Summary & Study Guide

In this context, the absence of European characters from the book takes on a chiod, more sinister significance. Its similarity to Ngugi’s book is that education is given a focal point in his dreams and desires, and that is always the beginning of a good life.

We follow Laye’s story as he is raised by his loving parents, attends primary school, falls for his first love, layye finally becomes a man through a ritual circumcision.


I didn’t really like this book. Cute, but not really exciting. Rather, they have longstanding roots within patriarchal society Someone acts as a scribe, writing down the details, and save their results for the following class period.

The Dark Child

An excellent site with many links to maps, climate reviews, political profiles and much more. The youngsters are teased and forced to do manual labor that the teachers dole out to the older children as punishment for misbehavior. Myrna Bell Rochester and Natalie Schorr. 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 European youths into their adult society.

Laye describes in detail the rites of passage undergone by the village boys. Create a French Colonial Character Standard characters which students could choose from are: And the success of s works by such writers as Chinua Achebe see Things Fall Apartalso covered in African Literature and Its Times demonstrate that European readers had a taste even for works that criticized colonialism.

Their affection for one another is sweet and very innocent. Great book to get the feel of the culture of West Africa. He is being marked out for a different future, his family are sacrificing to give him something better, and he wants that, but also wants to stay where he is. The Perspective of the African-American Woman.

His main source for The Dark Child are his memories of the cultural life of the Malinke people among whom he was raised.