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The Dark Child: The Autobiography Of An African Boy
The Dark Child The Autobiography Of An African Boy Author:Camara Laye Camara Laye was born in French Guinea in the 1920s; he wrote the book in France,in his twenties,where he had been sent by his Malinke tribe to study engineering. Ancient rituals and the supernatural were still very much alive among the Malinke. His mother was a witch and his father's hut was often visited by a small black snake, the guiding spir... more »it of his people. Yet his family and neighbors are Muslim.
Laye's literary skills are shown in his depiction of his love for his mother and for a girl he met at high school in the colonial capital. He is obviously in awe of his father's goldsmith skills. The tribal initiation ceremonies: the "lion's" roaring, circumcision, etc. are the most compelling scenes.« less