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THE AFRICAN CHILD
AUTHOR: CAMARA LAYE

The African Child was published in 1953 and it is an autobiographical novel written by Camara Laye. The novel centres on the Malinke tribe of French Guinea which is characterised by superstitions that influence the ways of the members of the community. The Malinke fuse their traditional culture with Islam and they are famous blacksmiths which is why Camara’s father owns a forge.

Camara writes about his academic journey from the local Koranic and French elementary schools to Paris where he goes on scholarship to study mechanics. While in France, he feels lonely and alienated as a result of exposure to a different culture and he gets inspired to write about the Malinke culture, his childhood experiences, challenges and achievements. [Wiki].

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