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AFRICAIN (L') (French) Paperback – Oct 11 2005

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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: GALLIMARD (ÉDITIONS) (Oct. 11 2005)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2070318478
  • ISBN-13: 978-2070318476
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.3 x 10.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #345,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By V G. Smith on May 12 2014
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Good book by eminent writer. An attempt to evoke his father through memories, so no straight narrative line is given and the result is a somewhat disconnected series of scenes. The back and forth can be difficult to follow in French. V.
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Family history behind the fiction Dec 11 2008
By SyrJohan - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful short memoir of Le Clezio's father. His parents were cousins who left Mauritius for Europe after the family lost their estate. His father studied medicine in Britain and wanted to get as far away from his lost home as possible, spending most of his career as doctor in Cameroon and Nigeria. The family was split by World War Two, with the author, his mother and brother trapped in France while his father made a failed attempt to reach them. After the early years of fear and deprivation, young Jean first experienced freedom in Africa, wandering the plains with his brother and the local children. The Le Clezios were the only white family and Jean is grateful that he wasn't involved more closely in colonial society. His father, too, wanted to get away from the snobbery and hypocrisy of British and colonial social systems. The family history in the novel _Revolutions_ is presented factually here and the reader can see how Le Clezio changed things for fictional use. The book is illustrated with photographs his father took during his travels in Africa, although the connection between the specific photos and the text is not clear at the beginning but is explained as the book proceeds. The book is beautifully and clearly written. It had more resonance for me after reading the long novel, _Revolutions_, but would make a fine introduction to this great writer.
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Good book May 4 2011
By A. Haukeland - Published on
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Hello. This book is easy to read and sets the reader in a special African mood. Very interesting to read about real Africa before the internationalization started.

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