Chapter 1 - The Dark Snake As an artist my goal is to explore. Explore many things, places, spaces and faces. My first trip into exploring and traveling was Upper Guinea. Going into this land i was interested in many of the traditions and the culture in the land. As i was walking through the local library i found a book that looked interesting in the autobiography section called The Dark Child, the books name grabbed on to me and i found it interesting due to the fact that the book talks about a boys life and adaptation to the land because of its culture.
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A black snake visits him both in his dreams and while he works in the forge, and the father often knows what will happen during the day before the day even begins. Laye cannot explain this mystery, but knows it to be true. As a child, Laye loves to visit his grandmother, uncles and cousins in the countryside. As a city boy, he is enthralled with the wild animals and open space he finds in the country. He loves to watch the workers harvest rice and feels proud when he gets to help.
However, he knows early in his life that he will not be a laborer. Laye describes in detail the rites of passage undergone by the village boys. He does feel, however, that the ceremony and rituals instill bravery and confidence in him.
As Laye grows, he excels in school. In his teens, he is sent to Conakry, a coastal city in Guinea, where he attends a technical school. While at school he suffers a sickness that hospitalizes him for months. He is miserable and homesick, but after a summer vacation at home he is ready to return to school and resume his studies. At school, he makes friends and develops an interest in girls.
He particularly likes a girl named Marie. Their affection for one another is sweet and very innocent. His aunts tease him about his fondness for her and do their best to set them up. At the end of his studies, Laye is offered a scholarship to go to Paris, but his mother, who is extremely attached to him, forbids him to go. Laye wrote The Dark Child at age nineteen as a student in Paris, homesick for his mother and his homeland.
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The Dark Child
A black snake visits him both in his dreams and while he works in the forge, and the father often knows what will happen during the day before the day even begins. Laye cannot explain this mystery, but knows it to be true. As a child, Laye loves to visit his grandmother, uncles and cousins in the countryside. As a city boy, he is enthralled with the wild animals and open space he finds in the country.
The African Child (by Camara Laye)
Dizshura He describes the stages involved in this rite, as he does later for circumcision. In these chores, he is hampered by the school clothes he wears. I read this for my African Francophone lit class and I believe it was a good introduction to the subject. Methods of propitiating the spirits structure daily life. The nature of the combination of the two beliefs varies greatly from person to person.