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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In France, the work was praised for its stylistic and thematic excellence and simplicity.

The Dark Child |

Three days of agony. Guinea information page from African studies department at University of Pennsylvania. The setting makes Laye’s life interesting because it is unique and simultaneously underscores universal themes of home, family, and growing up.

I see there is some disagreement over whether it is an autobiography or a novel.

Following this episode, Laye describes, in vivid and emotional detail, his participation in the rite of Konden Diara and in circumcision. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.

Monthly Newsletter Signup The newsletter highlights recent selections from the journal and useful tips from our dak. Chapter-by-chapter review questions from a professor of Non-Western literature. 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 each.

Meanwhile, men raised cattle and sheep, farmed, or pursued a craft. The historic conference at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda brought together scholars and writers from various parts of the continent to discuss the state of African literature: Even worse, early translators made a few gross errors. It would also be a good piece to weigh against Laye’s autobiography after it has been read as a class, to create discussion around where the “balance” does lie.


In these chores, he is hampered by the school clothes he wears. However, his time at Tindican is not idle; besides helping the whole village during the December rice harvest, he aids other children of the village in whatever tasks their parents have set them to achieve.

Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. Both Vladimir Nabokov and Virginia Woolf detail memories of having intense shocks into consciousness during their early childhoods, where they are suddenly aware that they are beings alive, in a reality governed by temporality and humanistic revelations After writing memories of their own folklore topic, conducting several interviews, and examined work by professional folklorists, they are prepared to construct their own analyses.


He loves to watch the workers harvest rice and feels proud when he gets to help. He wants to be part of his family, to follow his father as a blacksmith or his uncle as a farmer, but always knows that his success in school is moving him further away from that.

I have read the book many times. The second thing I realised is that I need to start buying hardbacks — this paperback literally crumbled in my hands as I read it.

Clearly there were many facets to the status of nyamakala. In this way the boy learns about the dangers of snakes. Biography and index of works by Laye.

The Dark Child by Camara Laye

Quite a bit of time is spent describing the circumcision rite, which may be of anthropological interest to some, but was for me more interesting as a symbol of the other changes he goes through in the book, the pain and fear at something new, the loss of the old, but also the anticipation of being a man, the pride he feels when he is given his own hut and his own grown-up clothes. Layes childhood is an interesting mix of spiritual traditions and formal religion mixed together in a way that works and that doesn’t appear disjointed.


Only in the last four chapters, in which he recalls his experiences in Conakry, does he take on a more distinct identity. But Laye is writing in longing for a traditional childhood environment he then perceived as superior.

Simons suggests students using their own papers for starting texts as a prewriting activity. I can’t wait to discuss it in my “Literature of the African Diaspora” class!

In one memorable chapter, Laye reminds us that politeness and good manners are never more important than in a small village. The Dark Child met with both acclaim and criticism when it was first published. Inhe published his first novel, L’Enfant noir The African Child,also published under the title The Dark Childan autobiographical story, which narrates in the first person a journey from childhood in Kouroussa, through challenges in Conakry, to France.