December 30, 2019

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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While these females are cast into the role of servant for the most part, it is interesting to observe the subtle ways in which they resist this societally dictated role for them.

The Dark Child Summary & Study Guide

What are you looking for? Their lives were intertwined with those of the specialized professionals, known as nyamakala. Society allowed men to marry more than one wife.

The second thing I realised is that I need to start buying hardbacks — this paperback literally crumbled in my hands as I read it. Its writing is brilliant, and there is no doubt it is a lyae to last.

African links to film, literature, and cultural information. It becomes apparent that this is a society where someone can make any accusation against anyone and be believed if the say it came to them in a dream. He seems to want readers to understand the beauty and compassion behind his tribe’s secrets, and speaks of his journey into manhood unabashedly.

Implicit Negritude in “The Dark Child” – Inquiries Journal

Laye’s father runs the village forge, but his prominent role in the community stems from more than his status as a blacksmith. The Modern and the Traditional: She breaks the assignment into process days, after providing students with a sense of what folklore is and looks like: Responding and revising in collaborative groups.


All the education in the world cannot make Laye French, or tbe him a community to replace the one he loses when he leaves Camxra. Refresh and try again. It is this type of emotional reaction that makes The Dark Child such a unique mix of particular Malinke and universal human experience. He never mocks or satirizes even those aspects of the traditional faith that have become somewhat suspect to him in his later years. Laye’s mother differs from Ezeulu’s wives in that she does not appear to resist the authority exercised over her, at least overtly.

I disagree with this of course, and found it refreshing to show an alternative side to what we usually read about or think about in regarding African lit. Originally published in Youth: Their affection for one another is sweet and very innocent. The class speculates as to which of these games their parents and grandparents may have played, what age they played these games at, and which are gender-specific I would recommend this book highly as I found his detailed account of the ‘ceremony of the lions’ which prepares boys for circumcision extremely worthwhile and a very interesting cild.

Its similarity to Ngugi’s book is that education is given a focal point in his dreams and des I have always heard of Camara Laye, but never really got to read any of his writing till now.


More than autobiography of one boy, this is the universal story of sacred traditions struggling against the encroachment of a modern world. Laye cannot explain this mystery, but knows it to be true.

He would later become a writer of many essays and was a foe of the government of Guinea. Includes historical information and West African sculptures and castings found through archaeological digs.

Great book to get the feel of the culture of West Africa.

A thorough overview of Achebe’s life, literary works, themes in his writing, and links to more broad information on African politics, religion, history, etc. He shares with us the culture, family structure, spirituality of his people and his trip towards his own destiny.

An enjoyable coming of age tbe about Camara Laye’s childhood in French Guinea. The story was published inan incredible accomplishment considering the obstacles faced by black female authors at the time.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. His father agrees with Laye that it is in his best interest to go to Paris to study, but it breaks paye mother’s heart. Laye claims early in his autobiography that his mother has separated him from her other children and keeps him close by in her hut.