Les Navigateurs de la Littérature : Une vie de boy, Ferdinand Oyono

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08/08/2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul


Le club est ouvert à tous !

Practice your reading skills and comprehension with our intermediate French book club: Les Navigateurs de la Littérature. Every month, we discuss our book of choice’s plot. We also review what we did and did not like about it. We welcome navigateurs to ask questions about the things they did not understand when they first read the story. Everyone selects their favorite excerpt, reads it aloud and then we discuss the special passage. The discussion will be in French!

Returning readers and newcomers are all invited to attend and discuss. The group discusses a different book at each meeting.

This month’s selection is: Une vie de boy, by Ferdinand Oyono

Synopsis :

Toundi Ondoua, the rural African protagonist of Une vie de boy, encounters a world of prisms that cast beautiful but unobtainable glimmers, especially for a black youth in colonial Cameroon. Une vie de boy, written in the form of Toundi’s captivating diary, discloses his awe of the white world and a web of unpredictable experiences.

Early on, he escapes his father’s angry blows by seeking asylum with his benefactor, the local European priest who meets an untimely death. Toundi then becomes “the Chief European’s ‘boy’–the dog of the King.” Toundi’s attempt to fulfill a dream of advancement and improvement opens his eyes to troubling realities. Gradually, preconceptions of the Europeans come crashing down on him as he struggles with his identity, his place in society, and the changing culture.

Purchase Une Vie de Boy on Amazon or Albertine.
 
This group usually meets the second Wednesday of every month. Look for our flyer at the Alliance with upcoming dates and books.
 
 
This event is free and open to the public! You do not need to be an AF member to participate in our book clubs.


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