The Dark Child is a distinct and graceful memoir of Camara Laye's youth in the village of Koroussa, French Guinea. Long regarded Africa's preeminent Francophone novelist, Laye (1928-80) herein marvels over his mother's supernatural powers, his father's distinction as the village goldsmith, and his own passage into manhood, which is marked by animistic beliefs and bloody rituals of primeval origin. Eventually, he must choose between this unique place and the academic success that lures him to distant cities. More than autobiography of one boy, this is the universal story of sacred traditions struggling against the encroachment of a modern world.
Quite some time ago a winner at the POC Reading Challenge donated her prize to CO. I am FINALLY getting around to passing the book on to be read and reviewed. Thank you so much Niranjana for your generosity!
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Giveaway ends: September 15, 2011 11:59 CT