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The Old Man and the Medal by Ferdinand Oyono

Ferdinand Oyonos The Old Man and the Medal, first published as Le Vieux Nègre et La Médaille in 1956, is one of the best of the African novels dealing with the clash of cultures during the era of European colonial rule in Africa. The protagonist is Meka, a village elder, who has always been a good colonial subject. When he is summoned to receive a medal at a ceremonial presentation, his ideas begin to change. Meka, his wife, and other villagers are well-drawn characters. The English translation reads very well, and preserves the elegant vocabulary and sentence structure of the original French. The novel is an indictment of colonialism, but with a subtle and often humorous approach. The Old Man and the Medal was among the first African novels I encountered, but it is also a book that I have enjoyed re-reading as I have learned more about Africa.
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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. Although I enjoyed this brief intensely satirical novel, I didn't feel it had the force of the later work. Meka, the old man of the title is, for no apparent reason except that he "gave" his ancestral land to the local church and had two of his sons killed in the French army during World War II, told that he is to receive a medal from the chief white man in Cameroon. At first he is quite proud of this, and his fellow villagers and relatives from nearby villages converge on his home for the expected celebration. Although he does receive the medal, and hears a lot of hypocritical talk from the French colonialists, subsequent events change his mind about "the whites.

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