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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,325 ratings  ·  129 reviews
ფრანგულიდან თარგმნა დალი იაშვილმა

ჟან-მარი გუსტავ ლე კლეზიოს აფრიკელი ინტიმური ავტობიოგრაფიული რომანია, რომელიც მწერალმა 64 წლის ასაკში დაწერა. ლე კლეზიო წერს აფრიკელზე, მამაზე, რომელმაც, ბრიტანეთის უნივერსიტეტის ტროპიკული დაავადებების სპეციალობის დამთავრების შემდეგ ცხოვრების ოცი წელი არა მარტო კეთროვანთა და მალარიით დაავადებულთა მკურნალობას შესწირა, არამედ კოლონიურ საზოგა
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Paperback, 120 pages
Published 2016 by ინტელექტი (first published 2004)
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Sidharth Vardhan
There are some juicy bits in this really short memoir of the Nobel laureate of his childhood spent in Colonial Africa but nothing memorable. I guess best writers of fiction struggle to write about truth, that is why their memoirs are so unimpressive - first Coetzee and now Clezio.
Joanka
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once in a while I like reading a memoir written on a verge of poetry or just in a language so pretty it is more important than the actual content. Usually the central figure of the memories is one of the parents and I enjoy a portrait where love and fascination blends with all the regret, problems, bitterness and grudges. This is “The African” for me, a complex and yet short and impressionist history of the author’s father, a doctor who bounded his life with Africa in the dramatic time of wars o ...more
Laura Florand
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written memoir that looks at identity, colonialism, and a man's effort to understand the father he never understood as a boy. ...more
Rob
This is an exceedingly well-written little memoir in which Le Clezio, then in his 60s and just a few years away from being awarded the Nobel Prize, decided to muse on his relationship with Africa and his father, inextricably and symbiotically linked in the writer's formative years. He recalls his time as a child in Nigeria and how all the human reality of Africa, its nakedness and wounds and smiles, clashed so deeply with the hidden or veiled truths and polite fictions of his French years. As a ...more
Tuck
le clezio won nobel prize in 2008, i believe. his fiction is detailed meditations on what it mean to be a human while using place to explain.
he has done the same thing writing about his family and his dad specially (and of course himself probably more so) living in what is now nigeria and cameroon.
his da was a pretty harsh dude, but also embittered by seemingly lack of progress in colonies, lack of compassion, lack of truth-telling, lack owing up,
his boy observed very well his father;s bitterne
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Edita
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am forever yearning to go back to Africa, to my childhood memory. To the source of my feelings, to that which molded my character. The world changes, it’s true, and the boy who is standing over there on the plain amidst the tall grasses in the hot breath of wind bearing the odors of the savannah, the shrill sound of the forest, the boy feeling the dampness of the sky and the clouds upon his lips, that boy is so far from me that no story, no journey will ever make it possible for me to reach hi ...more
Jerry Pogan
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very short but beautifully written memoir of Le Clezio's childhood years living in Africa. In his poetic prose he describes his early years of seperation from his father when he and his mother were stuck in Europe during World War II and then their eventual reunification with his father who was a doctor in Africa. He also talks of the lasting effects Africa had on him and his sometime yearnings to return. ...more
Godine Publisher & Black Sparrow Press
Le Clézio is ever the master at rendering existence at the level of sensation with a daring and admirable freshness of language.
—Peter Brooks, New York Times

For many years now, the publishing house of David R. Godine has been producing some of the most attractive books of our time. Witness this little volume of reminiscences by J.M.G. Le Clézio, the recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature. [...] Apart from award-winning novels, starting with The Interrogation, J.M.G. Le Clézio has writt
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Liviu
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For once a Le Clezio English translation that works and captures the lyrical but also realistic prose of the author; a (very) short autobiography dealing especially with the author sojourn in Africa from age 8 (after the war in 1948 meeting his father for the first time really as he, a doctor in the English colonial service - as Mauritius the ancestral island of his French extraction father was under English rule - was separated by the war from his mother in occupied France where she went to giv ...more
Roxane
I'm not quite sure what drove me to buy this book in particular. When I found out that Le Clézio had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature last year, I felt that, as a French reader, I needed to have at least read him once. So I browsed my local bookstore's shelves and found this little piece entitled The African (I'm not sure what it's been translated as or even if it's been translated in English at all. I know some of his works have been, but I'm not sure about this particular one.).

I cam
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Shivaji Das
Le Clezio's African is not the Africans themselves, but his father. The book talks of the impression and the effects that the bodies and the land of Africa left behind on the author and his father, how it carved their sensibilities, worldview and eventually turning his father into a misfit in his native France. At times elegantly written, but the book falls short in convincing the reader about the power of African experiences. Perhaps, a longer memoir would have done this more justice. None the ...more
World Literature Today
"Despite the intimate feel of The African, it very subtly goes beyond a simple story of a father, a son, and their deep-rooted disconnect. The specter of colonialism ghosts through this memoir, of great men adrift of purpose, of irreconcilable worlds." - Michelle Bailat-Jones, Puidoux, Switzerland

This book was reviewed in the January 2014 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by visiting our site: http://bit.ly/1jxJnVw
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Harald
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this short, but intense book, Le Clézio tries to come to terms with his reclusive father, who hated colonialism, yet spent his whole career as a doctor in British Guyana, later Cameroon and Nigeria. This is highly imagined biography: the author supplies his own reflections whenever his father's silence creates missing links in the chronology.
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Alyce
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lyrical love poem to the Africa - and the childhood- that Le Clezio experienced when his family was reunited in Nigeria shortly after WWII. Beautiful, haunting, evocative, exquisite. If it were twice as long, it would still be too short.
Camille
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting story about the author's love for Africa through his parents' experiences and his time spent with his father, a doctor assigned to remote areas with many people and not enough medicine and their relationship.. I recommend this biography. ...more
Jason
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hits way above its weight for its length. Powerful - Le Clezio deserves his Nobel Prize in literature, and this is about the best example I can think of that sometimes when trying to convey something with power it's okay to tell and not show. ...more
Ivona
the experience of Africa, in the late years of the English domination. Good introspection on the part of the character. It is worth the Nobel, though.
Drew
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very engaging memoir - at least judging from the first 60 pages or so. It reminds me of W.G. Sebald in terms of the stlye, though the subject matter is not as dense.
Helena
Mar 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyed this portrait of a distant father and his life in Guinea and Africa in colonial times. The writing is great.
Cooper Renner
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A first-rate evocation of childhood and homeland, loss of homeland, and the obscenity of paternalistic colonialism.
Susan Beecher
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very beautifully-written memoir of the author's early life and how Africa was a part of his and his father's life. Highly recommend. ...more
Berit Lundqvist
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Le Clézio goes back to his childhood in Nigeria, and his life as a son of a military doctor posted there.
After being separated from his father during WWII, he encounters an authoritarian man he doesn’t know and certainly doesn’t understand.

”Today in hindsight, I understand that my father was transmitting the most difficult part of an upbringing to us - that which no school will ever provide. Africa hadn’t transformed him. It had brought out rigor in him, ... but also exactness and respect, like
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Sara
I feel like I chose the wrong novel by Le Clézio to read in my "Read All Nobel Prize in Literature Laureates Challenge". After reading about his novels I think his first novel, "The Interrogation", would have suited me better.

In "The African" Le Clézio tells the reader about his father, who worked as a doctor in Nigeria in the 40s, and about his own childhood in Nigeria. I was not impressed, it may not be any wrong done by Le Clézio, but I didn't get into this short book at all.
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William Sowka
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short memoir written by Nobel Laureate, J.M.G. LeClezio. The French is not as easy to read as his other books, but like his other books he has a gifted way of developinga nostalgic imagery that is simple yet quite profound. In this story, the author beautifully recalls his own childhood in Africa where his father worked as a humble physician. He seeks to understand how this time in Africa shaped his father's life. Colonialism and World War II provide an insightful backdrop. ...more
Daniel
Apr 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just a big rant. There is no plot, no story, nothing. Absolutely nothing happens in this book. It's basically just a biography about a random person during the colonialism era. The translation is decent but there are some basic mistakes. Very useless book. Again, just a big rant about a persons life and its ordinary events. ...more
Julia Navrén
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely memoir, the language is beautiful and the relationship between Clezio and his father, and his father and Africa is both sad and very human.
Jim
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
See Sidharth Varman's review, which explains my thoughts to a T ...more
Paola Fornari
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb little gem ...with so many echoes of my own African childhood.
Gordan Zelnicki
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it in Macedonian, translation was perfect and the book itself is a small gem. It is a fortune when the author writes in such an open and honest way. Magnificent travel trough time and space...
Geert
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book. Impossible to explain: it's about his father, but just as much about himself and his experience of Africa. I want to go back! Just playing Orchestre Boabab now. Ow, African nights! ...more
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Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, better known as J.M.G. Le Clézio (born 13 April 1940) is a Franco-Mauritian novelist. The author of over forty works, he was awarded the 1963 Prix Renaudot for his novel Le Procès-Verbal (The Interrogation) and the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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