KALENA by Esma Rideout Booth


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A native African teen-age girl takes the first uneasy steps toward European values in this story of Kalena's fight for an education. Reluctant to acquiesce to an arranged marriage, Kalena is given the opportunity to study in a European school, and there gains the courage, not only to marry the man of her choice, but to embark on the career of a professional writer. Questions of Negro-white tension are superficially touched on here, and the author's placid assumption that the white traditions are, per se, preferable to those of the native Africans, seems somewhat arbitrary in this one dimensional portrayal of African youth.

Pub Date: Aug. 20th, 1958
Publisher: Longmans, Green