Desert by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio (Book Analysis)
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This engaging summary presents an analysis of Desert by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, which follows the young nomad Nour as his tribe is decimated by French and Spanish colonisers, and Lalla, a free-spirited girl living several decades later as she flees her stifling life in search of independence. Throughout the two characters’ respective journeys, the novel explores the enduring impact of colonialism in North Africa, as well as the incredible resilience of the tribes who continue to cling to their freedom. Le Clézio was awarded the Academie française’s Grand Prix Paul Morand in 1980, the year Desert was published. In a prolific literary career spanning over 50 years, he has won a number of other prizes, including France’s prestigious Prix Renaudot and the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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