The African (Conton novel)

The African is the 1964 debut novel by Sierra Leonean novelist and educator William Farquhar Conton. It was the 12th work published in Heinemann's African Writers Series. The novel's plot revolves around the romance between a black African student and a white South African woman in England.

The African
AuthorWilliam Farquhar Conton

Themes and style edit

The novel turns autobiographical elements into a call for Africa to move as a continent beyond apartheid. Wole Soyinka criticised its utopian "love optimism", calling the novel's main character, Kamara, an "unbelievable prig".[1]

Reception edit

Contemporary reviewer Mercedes Mackay describe the novel as a "promising first novel" which excels in highlighting the author's "rich sense of humor" and his role as "a fine philosopher".[2] Mackay compared the novel to the debuts of Cyprian Ekwensi (People of the City), Chinua Achebe (Things Fall Apart) and Kamara Laye (The African Child).[2]

References edit

  1. ^ Wole Soyinka, Myth, Literature, and the African World, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976.
  2. ^ a b Mackay, Mercedes (1961-07-01). "The African". African Affairs. 60 (240): 454–454. ISSN 0001-9909.