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L'Enfant Noir [Paperback]

Camara Laye , Myrna Rochester , Natalie Gillingham Schorr
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July 26, 2005 1585101532 978-1585101535 Student

The Focus Student Editions are designed for French language courses in literature and culture. Prepared with non-native French speakers in mind, these editions include an introduction (in French), the complete work, and linguistic and cultural notes in French, a current bibliography and study questions.

A masterwork of modern francophone African literature, L’enfant noir has the artistry of a novel and the authenticity of an autobiography.  This prizewinning 1954 tale describes the narrator’s journey from childhood in Kouroussa, in northwestern Guinea, to France, and the conflict of sacred traditions with the ways of the modern world.

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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Co.; Student edition (July 26, 2005)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1585101532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585101535
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the daily life of all African boys in rural area 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful biography 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding March 7, 2007
By Henry
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars L'Enfant Noir October 15, 2013
By Fletchm
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I would recommend this book to any French student interested in studying the history of French Africans in Western Africa.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for French 4/AP French December 14, 2011
I've adopted this into my AP French course. It has many great themes in it that parallel the new AP College Board themes for students to study before taking the AP Exam.
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