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L'Enfant Noir (French) Paperback – July 26, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1585101535 ISBN-10: 1585101532 Edition: Student

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Focus; Student edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1585101532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585101535
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From NECTFL Review #62 (Spring/Summer)

These editions are meant to provide students with a smooth transition from the study of language to the study of literature. As a matter of fact, they oftentimes provide a bridge that leads imperceptibly from one to the other (this is particularly true in the case of L’enfant noir, the story of a boy’s youth told with meticulous contextualization, considerable repetition, and constant rephrasing — characteristic techniques of the oral storytelling tradition).... [T]he Focus Student Edition of L’enfant noir is currently the best available. It has great merit. AP and non-AP teachers of Francophone literature should not hesitate to adopt it.

— J. Vincent H. Morrissette, Fairfield University

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French text of Laye's novel with vocabulary and notes suitable for students studying for the AP exam in French Literature.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 1999
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It is amazing how Camara Laye gave an accurate account of the day to day life of all young African boys in this book. Although not from his native Guinee (Conakry), could relate to scenes, stories as if it occured in my own life each time I came into contact with the rural area of my native D. R. of the Congo (either by visiting or from my classmates accounts of their lives in the countryside. Moreover, it recaptures the two cultures standing side by side, the Western and the traditional African as lived and experienced by African boys. The family structure, going to school, playing in the farmes, visits to the city, etc... This is a very powerful testimony of the uniqueness and common shared experiences in the vast and multicolor Africa.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 13, 2000
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This was a wonderful book. It read very fluently and was more captivating than most biographies. L'Enfant noir is a wonderful example of the movement known as La Negritude, and it is the best French-language book I have ever read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Henry on March 7, 2007
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I am bilingual and have greatly enjoyed this wonderful and captivating, autobiography of the social education of a young boy in Guinee. The author gives considerable understanding to the reader of the customs of Guinee and of the responsibilties of a young boy in that country. The whole book is enthralling and definitely worth reading to understand the African continent.
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The original version of this book is very insightful and worth the read if you are interested in francophone culture. However, be warned that this version is NOT the original text. It is only excerpts from the actual text. I made the mistake of purchasing this version instead of the real copy and ended with the wrong copy in class. Don't make the same mistake that I did.
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