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School Days is the story of the author's first year at school on the Caribbean island of Martinique. The little boy longs for school, but when he finally gets to go he finds that it is not what he hoped.
At school he is expected to cast off everything Creole to embrace the French language and culture, which is supposedly the culture of his "betters. Eventually, his teacher gives up on all but his favorite students, treating the others with undisguised racism.
The little boy only manages to survive his school years by discovering his passion for books and literature. The little black boy longs to go to school so that he will not be left out.
He has seen his older siblings go and wants to join them. His mother buys him a satchel to quiet him down, and he uses the chalk inside it to draw all over the communal hallway in the apartment building.
When he finally does get to go to nursery, the little boy is thrilled. He soon finds that he loves learning, singing songs and reciting the alphabet. However, one day his older brother lets slip that he does not actually go to a proper school.
Suddenly the little boy feels left out again, and so, to his mother's consternation, he begins to beg for school once more.
Eventually the boy's wish comes true, but he soon finds that school is not what he thought it would be. The teachers are cold and unsupportive, and he is expected to speak French.
He is told that the Creole culture is barbaric and that he needs to leave it behind to embrace French culture instead.
The Teacher shouts at and whips any boys who make mistakes in their French, and soon the pupils are too frightened to use either French or Creole. They remain silent in class whenever possible. It soon becomes apparent that the Teacher has his favorites and that he is unashamedly racist in choosing them.
There is one boy in his class who the little boy admires. Big Bellybutton has a defiant spirit that is never broken, even by the school bullies. One day Big Bellybutton brings a snake's head to school to frighten the bullies.
The teachers are appalled and Big Bellybutton is beaten in front of the class by his father. When the bully attacks again, Big Bellybutton fights back, and the two have it out after school.
The little boy admires Big Bellybutton's bravery and tells his mother that he is old enough to walk to and from school on his own now.
As the little boy explores more of the town on his walks, he becomes aware of the craze for marbles that has gripped the other children. He enjoys joining in, even if it means being punished by his mother when he comes home late.Texaco is a historical novel by Patrick Chamoiseau concerning the history of the island Martinique in the Caribbean, and specifically the titular village of Texaco, named for the oil refinery.
Texaco by Patrick Chamoiseau "Chamoiseau is a writer who has the sophistication of the modern novelist, and it is from that position (as an heir of Joyce and Kafka) that he holds out his hand to the oral prehistory of literature.".
Patrick Chamoiseau View. Topics: Martinique, In an interview with Mr. James Ferguson, an English writing critic, Patrick Chamoiseau, the Martiniquan novelist, complained that "Martinique is cut off from the rest of the Caribbean".
It is a statement which recognises the extent to which various forms of colonialism has fragmented the region. This detailed literature summary also contains Topics for Discussion on School Days = Chemin-d'ecole by Patrick Chamoiseau. School Days is the story of the author's first year at school on the Caribbean island of Martinique.
This book had a slightly different point of view because Rhys was a white whereas Patrick Chamoiseau is black. The race distinctions are apparently very important in Martinique and both books spend a lot of time discussing their implications/5.
School Days (Chemin-d'Ecole) is a captivating narrative based on Patrick Chamoiseau's childhood in Fort-de-France, Martinique. It is a revelatory account of the colonial world that shaped one of the liveliest and most creative voices in French and Caribbean literature today/5(2).