Camara Laye wrote it in while studying in France, and you can feel the nostalgia for his homeland. Although the writing style is quite understated, the emotion is communicated quite effectively, and its very moving in places. As the title suggests, the book only deals with his childhood, and it is faithful to a childs outlook on the world. At the start, his entire world is the This is a fairly short and simple autobiographical account of a boy growing up in Guinea in the s and 40s.
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Early life[ edit ] Camara Laye was born in Kouroussa , a town in what was then the colony of French Guinea. His mother was from the village of Tindican, and his immediate childhood surroundings were not predominantly influenced by French culture. He attended both Quranic and French elementary schools in Kouroussa.
At the age of 15 he went to Conakry , the colonial capital, to continue his education. He attended vocational studies in motor mechanics. In , he travelled to Paris to continue studying mechanics. It follows his own journey from childhood in Kouroussa, his education in Conakry, and eventual departure for France. The book won the Prix Charles Veillon in The Radiance of the King was described by Kwame Anthony Appiah as "one of the greatest of the African novels of the colonial period.
He left Guinea for Senegal in because of political issues, never returning to his home country. Scholar F. Abiola Irele , in an article called "In Search of Camara Laye", asserts that the claims are not "sufficiently grounded" to adequately justify that Laye did not author the mentioned work. Miller explores the ramifications of this controversy in his book Impostors: Literary Hoaxes and Cultural Authenticity. Miller discusses the role played by Toni Morrison, whose laudatory preface is included in a new edition of the translated Radiance of the King, published by The New York Review of Books Classics.
The African Child (by Camara Laye)
Early life[ edit ] Camara Laye was born in Kouroussa , a town in what was then the colony of French Guinea. His mother was from the village of Tindican, and his immediate childhood surroundings were not predominantly influenced by French culture. He attended both Quranic and French elementary schools in Kouroussa. At the age of 15 he went to Conakry , the colonial capital, to continue his education.
Dizshura He describes the stages involved in this rite, as he does later for circumcision. In these chores, he is hampered by the school clothes he wears. I read this for my African Francophone lit class and I believe it was a good introduction to the subject. Methods of propitiating the spirits structure daily life.
The Dark Child (The African Child) Background
Deeply nostalgic, the book is an autobiography portraying a vision of Islamic and ancient African community in the pre colonial era, a time when tradition engendered mutual understanding and respect for all. Laye grows up in an environment where he is greatly loved. Both his parents have something supernatural about them. His father is a Malinke by tribe, and a blacksmith who makes ornaments out of gold, inspired by the power of a black snake, which visits him in his dreams and daily life. His mother, too, has special powers. One time, she is called to help a horse get back to its feet.
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