Sunday, October 21, 2007

Caribbean Lit

I just read a fantastic novel for my Caribbean Lit class — Cosmic Dance by Harischandra Khemraj. It's a political thriller that underscores racial tensions in a disguised post colonial Guyana. The narrator, a doctor caught up in the action by chance, is reminiscent of a certain British protagonist I cannot place. I think it's Gabriel Betteredge from Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone, but something about that doesn't feel quite right. Regardless, the narrative voice is wonderful.

Cosmic Dance is just part of a series of great books I've read for this class — Julia Alvarez's In The Time of the Butterflies, Pauline Melville's The Ventriloquist's Tale, and Edwidge Danticat's The Farming of Bones are all worth looking into.

See, grad school is good for a thing or two.

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