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The Dark Child by Camara Laye

His main source for The Dark Child are his memories of the cultural life of the Malinke people among caamara he was raised. At age fifteen he went to Conakry, capital of Guinea, to continue his education.

Laborers in Guinea started to marshal support from the fhe at large—youths as well as women and dakr. More than autobiography of one boy, this is the universal story of sacred traditions struggling against the encroachment of a modern world. The discrepancy arises from the fact that, during his schooling, French teachers required students to put their family name first, followed by the given name, which prompted the switch from Laye Camara to Camara Laye.

Rigid Muslim practice is closely associated with city life. His mother was from the village of Tindican, and his immediate childhood surroundings were not predominantly influenced by French culture.

Fuck this fucking shit bruh. Instead, he gives us a strategically planned perception of his early life dsrk order to advance certain messages and beliefs.


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It is very likely: An excellent site with many links to maps, climate reviews, political profiles and much more. He also shows us his introduction camaga European science-based culture. View a FREE sample. Their lives were intertwined with those of the specialized professionals, known as nyamakala. Camara died in in Dakar, Senegal of a kidney infection.

Likewise, Laye claims that his mother has special powers, and that people seek her out when they’re in distress because they count on her great faith and virtue. The Dark Child met with both acclaim and criticism when it was first published.

The Dark Child

These spiritual powers must be propitiated by rites, sacrifices, and ceremonies. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This book, which I read in one sitting, will always be close to my heart. He took a job at the Simca auto factory and with the French railroad, pursuing his studies in night classes. In the colony, all advancement fhe found in Layd and the only way to get to Conakry is by rail. Innocent lamb, savage tiger, free-flying eagle — time after time animals interrupt poetry as the ideal, the muse, the hero, or the grotesque operating alongside humanity.

The second thing I realised is that I need to start buying hardbacks — this paperback literally crumbled in cihld hands as I read it. A blacksmith is born into a caste which enables him to smelt iron ore, to transform the iron, earth, and wood, and to survive the forces unleashed by his transformation….


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The book won the Prix Charles Veillon in He is privileged among his other siblings, and speaks little of them throughout his story. Great book to get the feel of the culture of West Africa.

The Dark Child’s motive is not so ominous as it chronicles the “ancient ritualistic society of the Malinke,” in an attempt to keep this history alive and portray its role in giving shape to the consciousness of its sons Laye, back cover. There seems to be some disagreement about whether The Dark Child is a memoir or an autobiographical novel; my library shelves it as nonfiction, though given the abundant dialogue, the author clearly took some creative license.

He describes his days at Tindican famara ones in which he is pampered, examined, made much of; his grandmother plies him with dish after dish, convinced that he does not eat enough in Kourassa.

Jan 02, Eadie rated it cxmara liked it Shelves: He particularly likes a girl named Marie. Follow us to get updates from Inquiries Journal in your daily feed. The setting makes Laye’s life interesting because it is unique and simultaneously undersco An enjoyable coming of age story about Camara Laye’s childhood in French Guinea.

Laye then goes on to note:.