Also, knowing that the *both* of you adore Their Eyes Were Watching God is the absolute best recommendation I could ever have. Leonardo Padura's top 10 Cuban novels. As I remarked to one of the readers for whom I’m making this list, one of the primary reasons I need to reread Cereus Blooms at Night is to gauge how much of my adoration is based in nostalgia. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It’s just as true that I do have other Everything books… Possession by A.S. Byatt, The Bone People by Keri Hulme, recently, Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente… why, Cereus Blooms at Night, which I’ve talked about here, is a definite Everything novel in my affections. Copyright LibraryThing and/or members of LibraryThing, authors, publishers, libraries, cover designers, Amazon, Bol, Bruna, etc. 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. Just read this blog, and was wondering if you know anywhere I can get a list of the top reviewed West Indian novels of all time? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I have offered in brackets alongside their names, the islands with which they are chiefly aligned, with which they chiefly align themselves by birth, residence, inclination, and any and all such markers of prominence. Jul 31, 2016 - Explore Vivian Halloran's board "Caribbean Literature Fall 2016" on Pinterest. In celebration of the Royal Society of Literature’s 200th birthday, and the 10th anniversary of the premier Caribbean literary festival, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, a panel that included American writer Lauren Elkin, British novelist Linda Grant, and Trinidadian poet Shivanee Ramlochan attempted to answer that question via an online event that was streamed on November 19. Their position is paradigmatic of that of the average Caribbean immigrant, since their motivations were also two-pronged. Oh, and my Everything novel is Toni Morrison’s Beloved, with Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Are Watching God a close nudging second. Hurrah! I am like a broken record, harping on that, but it’s been much on my mind of late. I’m eagerly looking forward to reading Small Island and her latest, The Long Song. 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. I love knowing about which books fellow readers love (and hate) best. What wonderful-sounding recommendations. ), And don’t forget the amazing Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat. I added it to my reading list. 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. Popular Caribbean Literature show list info. Ah, the lofty aspirations of the hopelessly book-addled! 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. « Novel Niche: A Place for Books. We’re here to help you decide. . 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. Superficially, a cover and title like these cannot help but catch the eye. I greatly and eagerly look forward to your thoughts and musings on the titles that have caught your eye here, darling. Change ). Best Caribbean literature? . 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. The DJ grins in acknowledgement, dear Illuminalmah…I’ll be lining up that particular playlist before too long, I wager. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. It’s everything. Jun 5, 2020 - Explore ACUBIEN's board "Caribbean Literature" on Pinterest. Mmm. I am personally involved in an ongoing relationship with his mesmerizing, ensorcelling first novel The Palace of the Peacock. Posted by Shivanee @ Novel Niche in Bookends, Cereus Blooms at Night, Fruit of the Lemon, Is Just a Movie, The Book of Night Women, The Ghost of Memory, Wide Sargasso Sea. Featuring a preface by Olive Senior. Caribbean literature is the term generally accepted for the literature of the various territories of the Caribbean region. My friends are both superlative, sensitive, wise readers, and I’m hoping they will come to this list with even a glimmer of the excitement I feel, in composing it. Kwame Dawes (goes without saying, really) This was one of the three Caribbean titles from last year’s challenge that I did read, and I reviewed it here. Project Gutenberg’s compilation of the Best Books Ever Listings, twelve Caribbean titles I challenged myself to read last year, Reading Ruminations: January to March 2012 « Novel Niche: A Place for Books, The three books of my 26th birthday. Wide Sargasso Sea is a fascinating novel, and as you say, it’s just…everything. Discover the best Caribbean History in Best Sellers. Yes, wouldn’t it be lovely to read them all in a burst? We highlight six novels from six Caribbean-born writers: Includes the 2013 Commonwealth Prize–winning story “The Whale House” by Sharon Millar. « 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. Loretta Collins Klobah (OCM Bocas 2012 Poetry Prize winner) 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. I’ve read two of these, and have a third on my pile to read later this year (for the YoFC!). Thank you, dear Jennifer! Faith that’s necessary where cold, hard science just doesn’t comfort…sense? Getting into my thoughts on gender roles in writing would take several posts, but in short, I try not to be reductive on either/in any spectrum of the equation. There was a significant proportion of artists and writers among the post-war Caribbean settlers in Britain. I remember the Marlon James piquing my interest, but I have such poor follow through with books I want to read. I also have Everything memoirs and Everything collections-of-essays….:). ), I’m fond of The Long Song because I’m partial to stories told by aging women looking back on their lives, but I know other readers did not respond to her voice as immediately and persistently as I did. Here’s exactly what I said in the conversation thread: 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. Canon de Carlos Fuentes. 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. —Caribbean Beat Magazine. Discover now our comparison of the best Caribbean & Latin American Literature. The Book of Night Women by Marlon James (Jamaica). Is Just a Movie by Earl Lovelace (Trinidad). Looking forward to later installments on your reading project(s)! I’ll mark the others on my list to look out for!! It’s brutal, bold, visionary, shockingly sad and… well, you know. I hope there’s never a cure for chronic word-enchantment (and if there is, I will staunchly refuse it over and over! Perhaps I have lived and read long enough that I can no longer have just one. I read his first many years ago; I’ll read his last this year, and spend the rest of my life filling in the spaces of the other twenty-three. Its perfection also makes it perfect fodder for creating postcard-kitsch. Fiction, non-fiction, doesn't matter! 9 comments. See which places our readers like the best, and vote for your favorites. It is one of the first titles I read that sought to interrogate and respond to colonial perceptions of island identity. , A wonderful list. 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. Christian Campbell (won the Aldeburgh Prize, shortlisted for Forward Prize) Kaiama L. Glover, in her review of the novel at The New York Times Sunday Book Review, likened the author’s writing to the work of Toni Morrison and Alice Walker—hefty endorsements, both. They developed a national literature with novels using local dialects. This period saw the emergence of poets from the English - speaking Caribbean; Derek Walcott from Saint Lucia is perhaps the best-known Caribbean writer internationally. 10 years lat…, It was such an honour to offer this session today. Thanks for those brilliant suggestions, Illuminalmah… Paul Keens-Douglas is also leaping to mind. Wide Sargasso Sea book. It has to do with me being aware of wanting to cross boundaries, but not actually doing enough to actually read outside of the geographical boundaries. If you decide to read any of them, I’d love to hear about it. A critical analysis of the issues raised in texts by Mais, Lamming, Naipaul and Walcott - Literature - Essay 2016 - ebook 2.99 € - GRIN Yes, I’m very eager to your forthcoming thoughts on Wide Sargasso Sea; I will definitely take part in that discussion!  Get more persuasive, argumentative caribbean literature essay samples and other research papers after sing up I love the idea of reading outside of one’s previously accepted borders; perhaps that’s similar to what you’re aiming to do in your approach to more non-European, non-North-American titles? Thank you, Ria! I noticed your interesting reviews of Lakshmi Persaud’s Daughters of Empire which appeared in several places including the Guardian and Caribbean Beat. Just sayin’. Part of my personal challenge to read excellent novels over all. The British Caribbean, developing its national literature after 1945, made its own contribution in the folk dialect novel: Vic Reid’s New Day (1949), Samuel Selvon’s A Brighter Sun (1952) and The Lonely Londoners (1956), George Lamming’s In the Castle of My Skin (1953), and V.S. Trust me, I’ve cultivated the habit of writing *everything* down, including copious and detailed notes on future reads. I feel like I am at a place in my life where I don’t know what my Everything Novel is, anymore. save. Sort by. Which is the best Caribbean Island? ), Do you have a favourite Andrea Levy so far? My memory is becoming increasingly sieve-like as I get older. ♣ Do you plan on adding any or all of these six novels to your reading queue? Andrea Levy is one of my MustReadEverything authors, but I haven’t read this one of hers yet. I haven’t read any of her books yet, but I am almost sure that I’ll be in awe when I do. Ideally, I’d like to round out 2012 having read all five of her books.