Dramouss [Camara Laye] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. After Sekou Toure broke off diplomatic relations with France in , Laye left in Laye later made contradictory statements about when he wrote Dramouss. Il rappelle à l’enfant l’histoire de l’écrivain Camara Laye, son grand- père, et . l’ IFAN. C’est au cours de cette période qu’il rédigea Dramouss (), la suite de.

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Lists with This Camarq. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Dec 09, Bob Newman rated it liked it. Despite the many ills left by colonialism which had bestowed some benefits–paltry as they were in many cases–besides the massacres, injustices, and slavery people felt that, with independence, African nations would be better able to lift themselves out of poverty and illiteracy.

From the vantage point of 51 years on, we can see that it didn’t happen in most cases. Guinea, one of the first countries to gain indepen acorn doesn’t grow to oak Back inAfrica still hoped for a bright future.

Guinea, one laey the first countries to gain independence, insuffered over a half century of dictatorship, brutality, and no progress. Only eight years after the French up and left, Camara Laye accurately understood what disaster had already befallen his compatriots. That visionpresented in allegorical form in a long dream sequenceis the only good part of this novel.

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Otherwise, it is composed of three separate parts each of which may have some merit, but do not add up to a coherent novel. The Guinean student, Fatoman, returns to his country after six years in Paris.


He greets his parents and marries his sweetheart. The second part traces the previous six years as a student, struggling in a cold, individualistic country. Fatoman suffered but he found many French friends too. The third part contains the “dream of Africa” in which Guinea’s fate is dramatized, as I said. The last three and a half pages mention that he went back to France with his wife, returning years later to find his friends murdered and his country under the heel of a dictator.

I have a feeling that the translation could have been better, but we must put the main blame at the author’s door.

He drsmouss not quite decide which theme he wanted to develop. Guinea, after independence, did not grow into a prosperous country though it had the resources to do so. This book, though it grew from a solid idea, didn’t develop very well either. Remy rated it it was ok May 27, John S rated it liked it Dec 07, Michael Tweh rated it liked it Jun 22, Success Pathway rated it it was amazing Jun 01, Mandie rated it really liked it Feb 25, Charlotte rated it really liked it Jun 20, Jonathan Goddard rated it really liked it Feb 26, Sam rated it liked it Dec 27, Don rated it liked it Jan 27, David rated it liked it Feb 20, Amo Ramela rated it liked it Sep 04, Eden added it Oct 24, Hesy-Ra marked it as to-read Jan 31, Tekuru John marked it as to-read May 15, Abbas marked it as to-read Jun 08, Earl Wino marked it as to-read Sep 18, Babaar Sene marked it as to-read Oct 27, Reine marked it as to-read Nov 27, Abdulahi12 marked it as to-read Aug 21, Abdi marked it as to-read Sep 22, Valerie marked it as to-read Jan 31, Nouranapps marked it as to-read Apr 21, Marion marked it as to-read Apr 26, Arbraxan marked it as to-read May 01, Zaynab marked it as to-read May 10, Seyyid marked it as rramouss Jul 22, Lisa is currently reading it Aug 11, Chidubem Mbaba marked it laue to-read Aug 23, BookDB marked it as to-read Sep 13, Fakorede Raphael marked it as to-read Sep 27, Meredith marked it as to-read Oct 12, Boards Muibat marked it as to-read Oct 19, Melhik marked it as to-read Nov 26, James A added it Feb 02, Kalex Lex marked it as to-read Feb 03, Kenneth added it Feb 18, Cecile marked it as to-read Jun 24, Melisa Kuester marked it as to-read Aug 14, Letlhogonolo Tlhabano marked it as to-read Sep lwye, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


During his time at college he wrote The African Child L’Enfant noira novel based loosely on his own childhood. He would later become a writer of many essays and was a foe of the government of Guinea. His novel The Radiance of the King Le Regard du roi is considered to be one of his most important works.

His family name is Camara, and following the tradition of his community, it precedes his given name—Laye. His mother was from the village of Tindican, and his immediate childhood surroundings were not predominantly influenced by French culture. He attended both the Koranic and French elementary schools in Kouroussa.

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At age fifteen he went to Conakry, capital of Guinea, to continue his education. He attended vocational studies in motor mechanics.

Inhe travelled to Paris to continue studies in mechanics. Inhe published his first novel, L’Enfant noir The African Child,also published under the title The Dark Childan autobiographical story, which narrates in the first person a journey from childhood in Kouroussa, through challenges in Conakry, to France.

The book won the Prix Charles Laje in These two novels are among the very earliest major works in francophone African literature. Inhe left Guinea for Dakar, Senegal because of political issues, never to return.

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In his third novel, Dramouss A Dream of Africa,was published. Camara died in in Dakar, Senegal of a kidney infection.

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