This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. See more ideas about Literature, Books, Book worth reading. Cross-Cultural Studies is the culminating effort of a distinguished team of international scholars who have worked since the mid-1980s to create the most complete analysis of Caribbean literature ever undertaken. A post about our Everything Novels from different phases of our lives would be fascinating, no? Oh, I’m really looking forward to hearing your work at the New Talent Showcase for this year’s Bocas! The Book of Night Women by Marlon James (Jamaica). Read 5 288 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Understanding their experiences and exploring a multiplicity of diasporas can enrich your life and help you develop new views and a deeper understanding of Otherness. Any Caribbean literature devotee worth her… heh, well, worth her Salt (Lovelace’s fifth novel) will have encountered this prolific prose master’s publications. ♣ Picking six novels wasn’t intentional at first, but I decided to stick with it, so I’ll be making separate lists for my Caribbean picks in short fiction, poetry and non-fiction, too. We rank the 17 Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean. You’ve started a conversation that can platform so many other discussions. As Baker summarizes it, the plot of The Book of Night Women “takes us back to the cruel world of a Jamaican sugar plantation at the turn of the 19th century.” I’m extremely excited to see what James brings to the table of this old, sad discussion, which holds the potential for emotional liberation through harrowing catharsis in its very telling. We might think we’ve got a decent benchmark on how far back the long arm of our history goes, but Levy’s protagonist in Fruit of the Lemon, Faith, learns that you can’t ever truly know until you take the journey. This was one of the three Caribbean titles from last year’s challenge that I did read, and I reviewed it here. Header, divider and button images created by Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné. by Opal Palmer Adisa & Donna Aza Weir-Soley). I’ve read He Drown She in the Sea and Out on Main Street, and they were both well-crafted, commendable works, but… no satisfactory thrill, no frissons of delight and immediate identification. 31,297 100 Don't Understand All the Fuss. The best classics of English literature: whether you're reading for school or for pleasure, it can be hard to get a grip on the Western canon. Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo (Trinidad). Caribbean literature is the term generally accepted for the literature of the various territories of the Caribbean region. It would be fantastic to hear how you get along with them! I’ve had the pleasure of hearing the author read from this book before its publication, and I was mesmerized… as was everyone present in the audience that day, if appearances were anything to go by. What wonderful-sounding recommendations. I could never make a “reading the Caribbean” list without including this book. In fact, it’s one of only two titles I am extremely reluctant to review on Novel Niche, because I think my thoughts would less resemble coherent reviews than they would desperate love letters scented with my fangirlish glee. Geoffrey Philp’s 2007 list of 10 top Caribbean novels might be useful to you (the comments also have good suggestions, on that link), and the thread on this post itself has stirred up mentions of novels I didn’t initially include in the writeup. I’ll mark the others on my list to look out for!! Discover the best Caribbean History in Best Sellers. I’m most eager to read Dancing Lessons. I love the precise way you’ve put it, too! We highlight six novels from six Caribbean-born writers: This is Shani Mootoo’s first novel, and it remains my favourite work of hers. Sweet, succint tagline… I might just quote it when I’m composing that post. I’m also adding Cereus Blooms at Night and Wide Sargasso Sea. Ah, the lofty aspirations of the hopelessly book-addled! This sharing of yours, M, has been much on my mind since I read it some days ago… I proclaim Wide Sargasso Sea as my Everything Novel, and truly, it is. So yes, I’m trying to push myself to read other literature , Pingback: Reading Ruminations: January to March 2012 « Novel Niche: A Place for Books, Pingback: The three books of my 26th birthday. Who are Caribbean writers and titles you would recommend? What’s more fun than reading booklists? Thank you so much, dear @, I will never, not ever cosign a comedian's transmisogyny as clever, cutting, satiric, sharp, sly, slick or witty. Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this Caribbean Literature study guide. If you will consider anthologies, you might try Caribbean Erotic (ed. Here’s exactly what I said in the conversation thread: More lists to love! At the moment I’m just interested in novels, though I am not opposed to short stories I found your blog when I Googled, “Best West Indian novels of all time.”. Even if it is, I believe you will not think it so. Fiction, non-fiction, doesn't matter! It fits well with my hopefully reading more non-European and North-American lit thing that I want to give a try. — V.S. Exciting!! Examples are Vic Reid's New Day (1949), George Lamming's In the Castle of My Skin (1953) and V.S. One of the illustrious three titles on the OCM Bocas Prize shortlist, and the winner of the prize’s fiction category, Is Just a Movie is Earl Lovelace’s sixth novel. I also have Everything memoirs and Everything collections-of-essays….:). Literature in English specifically from the former British West Indies may be referred to as Anglo-Caribbean or, in historical contexts, West Indian literature, although in modern contexts the latter term is rare. Such a beautiful book. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I love how you’ve pointed out that the poetic is so often threaded through a writer’s not-strictly-poem-formed creations. ♣ Do you plan on adding any or all of these six novels to your reading queue? In fact, this book was one of twelve Caribbean titles I challenged myself to read last year—thus far, I’ve read only three, proving that I’m addicted to making reading challenge lists, but that I need to work on that pesky follow-through. I…. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Yes, wouldn’t it be lovely to read them all in a burst? (Yes, compulsory secondary school readings of The Schoolmaster count, but they don’t make you an enthusiast!) Ah, I wonder how many books from the Caribbean are on these? When you do your poetry list, can I recommend some great poets? The best-known are Wilson Harris, George Lamming, Edgar Mittelholzer, Sam Selvon, and V. S. Naipaul. Andrea Levy is one of my MustReadEverything authors, but I haven’t read this one of hers yet. , A wonderful list. Adam, thank you for the brilliant recommendations! I don’t want to suggest that Mootoo’s subsequent novels and short fiction pieces (I’ve not yet had the pleasure of reading her poetry collection, The Predicament of Or) have taken a nosedive in quality—far from it. There are some books in life about which you will find it impossible to be impartial. I really enjoyed your review of the James novel, and I’m looking forward to your thoughts on Wide Sargasso Sea, Amy! Their Eyes Were Watching God! Read 4 131 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Part of my personal challenge to read excellent novels over all. I love knowing about which books fellow readers love (and hate) best. I think Bloodaxe have a couple of recent Caribbean poetry books out too . ORAL LITERATURE Oral literature can be considered as the earliest kind of Caribbean Literature consisting primarily of abundant folk- tale customs, legends and misconceptions, tunes and poetry. Oh Yes. The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature is an outstanding compilation of over seventy primary and secondary texts of writing from the Caribbean. Yes, I’m very eager to your forthcoming thoughts on Wide Sargasso Sea; I will definitely take part in that discussion! There are writers from these islands whose names I feel I’ve known all my life, whose books have lined the shelves of libraries close to my heart. My memory is becoming increasingly sieve-like as I get older. I’m recommending them on the strength of expectation I attach to them, based on the promise they show, not necessarily (or at all) on the accolades they’ve won.) He has also become an influential figure within the Caribbean literary world because of his work with the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust, which aims ‘to transform the literary arts in the Caribbean by being the region’s best-managed producer of workshops, seminars and performances’ and which has promoted the work of many young writers in the islands. Daughters of Empire by Lakshmi Persaud, Guest Review: Revolutionary Mothering: Love On The Front Lines, “I Saw the Devil in the Cane Fields” – Shastra Deo, “Mirror, Reflect Our Unknown Selves” – Tlotlo Tsamaase | Novel Niche: A Place for Books, “He Stood Near My Bed” – Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Dearly Departed: A Conversation with Anu Lakhan, “How to Fix a Dancer When it Breaks” – Genevieve DeGuzman, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, Divali’s been a dull flicker since the love of Preeti’s life dumped her during the festival of lights. Also, knowing that the *both* of you adore Their Eyes Were Watching God is the absolute best recommendation I could ever have. The Ghost of Memory by Wilson Harris (Guyana). Thanks for those brilliant suggestions, Illuminalmah… Paul Keens-Douglas is also leaping to mind. . « Novel Niche: A Place for Books, Geoffrey Philp’s 2007 list of 10 top Caribbean novels, Story Sundays: "Winter Break" by Hilary Mantel, A Week in Walcott • "Map of the New World", "The 17-Year-Old & the Gay Bar" - Danez Smith, 39. share. I haven’t read any of her novels yet, either, but Create Dangerously will, I think, become a fixture on your shelves. It’s unsettling, honestly… it almost feels like a betrayal to WSS, to think that one day some book will happen by and dethrone her from her rare, bewitched throne. It is one of the first titles I read that sought to interrogate and respond to colonial perceptions of island identity. Best Spanish-language novels by Piero Scaruffi. 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I think I might begin with Create Dangerously, the non-fiction work that won the corresponding category at last year’s OCM Bocas Lit Fest. That’s some impeccable taste you’ve got there, girl. And Cereus is an AllTimeFavourite, which I’m thinking of re-reading; I’ve started Shani Mootoo’s other novels but set them aside again because, like you, I just wanted “another CBAN”, but maybe I should give the others another try before re-visiting Cereus, as I’m sure they’re quite good, even if not Cereus-all-over-again. Less imprinted on travellers’ minds is the literature that takes shape under not only the tradewinds of the tropics, but also in the historical web of immigration, exploitation, and colonisation. Common Knowledge Book awards 13 Best Caribbean novels. (How does one recommend books one hasn’t yet read, you might ask? Thank you, Sharon; I’m thrilled that you’ve stopped by, and that you find the list (the first of many I’m planning) to be encouraging. . I would looove to talk about your Everything memoirs and essay-collections! Akashic Books and Peepal Tree Press, two of the foremost publishers of Caribbean literature, launch a joint Caribbean-focused imprint, Peekash Press, with this anthology. (And, yes, I have the same worry about Cereus, but I must try it anyway, because I want to keep pressing it on reading friends and feel justified in doing so: heheh. hide. I do feel like the air I breathe is different when I’m reading Wide Sargasso Sea, or even thinking of it… I *do* share myself polyamorously with the novels that know me best… and I want, always, to be open to future written suitors and courtesans. One of my acquaintances was reading The Book of Night Women and heartily recommended it! I also love knowing your Everything novels. The literature of the Caribbean is exceptional, both in language and subject. Love your blog by the way. Kendel Hippolyte will be at this year’s Bocas Lit Fest (he’s one of the poetry judges), and I am supremely excited to hear him read from his work. When someone asks you how you feel about them, you will hear the word “Everything” fall out of your mouth, and you will, perhaps, be a little bit irritated when people ask you to elucidate. . . Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy (Jamaica). For such a short novel, it inspires so much thought. Here’s exactly what I said in the conversation thread: Perhaps I have lived and read long enough that I can no longer have just one. The OCM Bocas judges described Is Just a Movie as “a tapestry of island history . Ishion Hutchinson Hey, thanks for the response, I don’t think the link is working though. . We’re here to help you decide. Stephen Howe’s review in The Independent informs me that this, Harris’ twenty-fifth novel, will also be his last. Hi Sash, thanks for stopping by! Thank you, Ria! Copyright LibraryThing and/or members of LibraryThing, authors, publishers, libraries, cover designers, Amazon, Bol, Bruna, etc. Literature in English specifically from the former British West Indies may be referred to as Anglo-Caribbean or, in historical contexts, West Indian literature, although in modern contexts the latter term is rare. One of my friends had an exceptional suggestion… that I curate a list of six books from these islands for her summer reading. Either way, unfortunately, I haven’t found an undisputed list for that, though many prolific readers do offer their suggestions. Loretta Collins Klobah (OCM Bocas 2012 Poetry Prize winner) Una Marson (fantastic activist and poet, often overlooked) Shara McCallum British Caribbean writers joined their French and Spanish counterparts after 1945. I’ve enjoyed M. NourbeSe Philip, too, but mostly for her creative non-fiction (which has her poetry threaded through it). There are so many ‘modern classics’ (and they’re often big, hefty novels) that it can be hard to choose at a glance what to read next—and even harder to understand it. Thank you, dear Jennifer! I’ve no doubt that many of the collections of these poets are sold by Peepal Tree, but I’ll have a look-through of the site again soon, to confirm. Nothing I’ve read by her hand in the past several years has come close to matching my emotional response to this seductive, sorrowing tale, set on the fictitious island of Lantanacamara, narrated by a gay male nurse, Tyler, as he grows close to his taciturn patient of many secrets, Mala Ramchandin. Even if it turns out to be the lion’s share, I cannot think I would love it any less. Dig in. Thank you for curating a Caribbean list. Oh, and hurrah for the mutual Wide Sargasso Sea love!! 100% Upvoted. save. And as you will discover, the best Caribbean & Latin American Literature are not always the ones at the highest prices! Perhaps making them. Just sayin’. (Now I want to do a completely separate blog post on the (inter)national naming of writers, of how they carve out their geographical footholds… *files away that thought dutifully*). I think you would love her. Or I am starting to realize that Everything Novels, like any other passion, come and go in waves–or if they remain just as strong, just as deep, they are never singular, monogamous loves…maybe I am just a polyamorous bibliophile. In 1992 he … I am with you there. Log in or sign up to leave a comment Log In Sign Up. I want to print this post out on parchment and line my bed with it tonight. The thought of being unmoved by that particular literary journey is terrifying to me—you know, of being someone who “just didn’t get it.” This isn’t to say I hold a grudge against strictly linear readers (though I wonder how much fun they’re having), but suffice it to say that The Ghost of Memory would probably irritate, rather than enchant them. On the market, you will find an incalculable number of models, all at different prices. It is never easy to choose from the wide range of offers. I hope you thrill to it. Congratulations! ( Log Out /  Everyone’s got an Everything book… and Wide Sargasso Sea is mine. A critical analysis of the issues raised in texts by Mais, Lamming, Naipaul and Walcott - Literature - Essay 2016 - ebook 2.99 € - GRIN ), And don’t forget the amazing Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat. How can I but accept with bookish girl glee! . Sheaves upon sheaves of novel musings straight to your mail! Dorothea Smartt Their names are, among others: Edgar Mittelholzer; Anthony Winkler; Jamaica Kincaid; Erna Brodber; Michael Anthony; George Lamming… and Wilson Harris is on that list, too. To put it simply, this is one of the better Caribbean reads I’ve encountered about finding yourself—about the realization that that process is rarely ever simple, that it comes studded with difficulties and detours one can’t possibly foresee. Naipaul. ( Log Out /  Caribbean Literature. Caribbean literature is the literature of the various territories of the Caribbean region. See more ideas about Caribbean, Literature, Role of social media. 9 comments. Kendel Hippolyte (the Caribbean Ginsberg). Caribbean literature is largely written in French, English, or Spanish; the languages of the countries who colonized the islands during the 16th-19th centuries. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our. James’ second novel caught mine when I first saw it, about two years ago, browsing through the shelves at Paper Based bookstore, one of the best repositories for regional lit.
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