Books: Three out of Africa

If most U.S. readers still think of Africa as the Dark Continent, it is not for lack of light thrown by books. Three new volumes prove again that Africa holds the raw materials of great literature—for any first-rate writer who will undertake to mold them.

Camara Laye is a young Negro from French Guinea, now studying in Paris, who has written a brief, effective autobiography, THE DARK CHILD (188 pp.; Noonday Press; $2.75). It has an aura of primitive charm that is fully matched by its simple dignity. Laye came from Kouroussa, a town...

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