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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The Famara Child from BookRags. The jeli, a hired voice, appeals to the pride of the blacksmith, recalling the lofty deeds of his ancestors in couplets, while plucking the kora, a stringed harp unique to the Mande. Dec 24, Anita Pomerantz rated it liked it Shelves: It is a very readable account as his words are rich with sincerity which flows through his language. Laye’s father too agrees to send him to Conakry and pushes him after secondary school to accept the scholarship to college in Paris.

The disruption of family life in the push-and-pull created by Europe’s French Colonial rubbing against existing culture in Guinea inis most evident during the last few chapters of the book.

It shows the simple life of a dark child living in the great plain of Guinea. In some sense it is a metaphor for the psychological and sociological systems under which he finds himself strained.

In short, the railroad encapsulates the changing world of the Malinke; in moving from Kourassa to Conakry, Camara moves from a cozy life bound by tradition and enchantments to a colder and harder society governed by the kind of technology that the train represents. An enjoyable coming of age story about Camara Laye’s childhood in French Guinea. A common critique of The Dark Child is that it portrays a far too idealistic image of colonial Upper Guinea. Examining the writing of published folklorists, and literary criticism on them.


I would image this is because it was considered offensive to call someone black. In any case, The Dark Child can be situated within the African literature of his time.

Towards African Literary Independence: The inherent dalilu of the nyama-kala [nyama caste] affords protection against the nyama they release. A university literature student’s book report. On top of these disadvantages, they coped with new experiences of racism in a predominantly white society and with inner pangs of homesickness.

The Dark Child by Camara Laye

Following the brainstorm, she breaks students into small groups to develop collaborative lists of games played, listing as many details as they can remember about drak. The nature of the combination of the two beliefs varies greatly from person to person. When a young Laye goes with his Uncle to participate in the rice harvest, the existence of a communal labor force within his idealistic perception of Africa society indicates an endorsement of socialist values.

The narrations shouldn’t be in the student’s normal speaking voice, but instead act as a “fictitious persona, a garrulous talker who won’t let the listener get in a word edgewise.

Provides many links to more in-depth information on the country and its people, as well as native art. His father usually undermines the feelings and authority of Laye’s mother, openly vetoing her decisions to keep Laye from attending school in the city, or playing with groups of village ghe and girls.


That the Malinke see no contradiction between Muslim faith and more traditional practices is proved by the ease with which they combine observances from the two faiths. 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. 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.


Education and religion appear less as intangible ideas and more as functional tools that act as means of control, domination and to display a type of psychological camada to colonial powers in Guinea and Nigeria.

Turning to the back cover we find the author referred to as a negro. But the marabouts must have given me all the help they could. Seamus Heaney Poetry Irish Literature.

Mar 08, Andy rated it it was amazing Shelves: The final chapter describes the pain his decision brings to himself and his family. Develop response guides sheets that ask students to respond to the voice they hear when listening to the narrator for each student’s character description. However, the memoir itself is shaped by a contradiction that is essential to the African critique of colonialism: Civil formalities are more respected on the farm than in the city.

Rather, they have longstanding roots within patriarchal chidl For better or worse, Laye is removed from xhild village before he learns this secret. Among the most hazardous dari a blacksmith performed was circumcision, a rite Laye undergoes in the memoir. 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.

His family name is Camara, and following the tradition of his community, it precedes his given name—Laye. After exchanging their papers with another student, the reader writes darrk their impression of the function of folklore.

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