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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (July 25 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551522268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551522265
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 14.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Sarah on May 16 2014
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This book was pretty different than anything I have read before but it is really interesting and captivating. I would recommend this read, excellent writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fun Shoe on Jan. 29 2008
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Poetic. You not only feel for the characters, you feel for an entire family, a community, a nation, a race and a gender. What makes good truly good? What makes evil? I recommend this to anyone.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fairweatherassult on Nov. 17 2007
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EGADS! Shapechanging voodoo hags and poet-professor sons -- immigrant songs of the Caribbean cross-faded with academic viewpoints and Vancouver Lululemon clothes (would you like soy or seaweed underwear?) -- Chariandy must be the most complete package of postcolonial memoir-fiction-manifesto going! Wow! I've never seen such an ensemble performance that hits all the right buttons. I'm so pleased to hear that it's acceptable again to describe the rum soaked coasts of Trinidad in terms of archaic superstitions, transformed by a Canadian ID card. Shiver me timbers and can(n)on balls across the treasure chest map of house, home and political prose! Sand, sun, sangria, and santeria! Trinidad! Tenure, trophies, theses, and transnationalism! The best of both worlds! At least our poet-professor hero didn't get tasered. The accent changes but the old hearth does not! A tour-de-force from the hefty genre of cross-cultural place changing. Expect a sequel! Many of them! All very readable and cultural. Guaranteed to cure guilt ridden liberals. Expect multiple award nominations! Homey Barbapapa! Ahoy and hoorah!
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By NorthVan Dave on Aug. 24 2008
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I decided to read this book after it was nominated for a Canadian fiction award. I read the book - cover to cover - and was left scratching my head as to why this book was even nominated in the first place.

Yes the novel covers those things which some would deep worthy topics - dementia, new immigrants to Canada, racism - but the story itself is not all that great. At the end of the novel I was left scratching my head, wondering why I read this book in the first place. There was no "wow, that was a good use of my time" kind of feeling. And which so many new and good books out there, I kind of wish I hadn't wasted my time on this book.

For the un-initiated, the book deals with a son who returns home to learn that his mother is suffering from severe dementia and how he copes with it. The story serves as a launching pad for the author to talk about immigration issues and how Canadians reacted to new comers to the country.

My advice; skip this novel. There are plenty of other good Canadian books out there.
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The book was ok. Its an easy read if you are from the Caribbean. If not the parts that are not written in standard English might take rereading to understand. Didnt like the ending. To each his own happy reading.
Definitely Illuminating March 19 2014
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A book that considers implications of memory and dementia, and what a son could be left with when his history begins to fade away.
Excellent diasporic narrative May 7 2011
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David Chariandy's book is true , honest and a page-turner. Beautiful language negotiation between the Trinidad Creole and Canadian English.He carries the reader through space and time. The characters are complex yet easy to relate to ...Chariandy succeeds in avoiding any kind of fixity in his politics. Only con with this novel ..too short . Leaves the reader wanting more..this novel marks a new discourse...a must read for all Caribbean readers and for those who are not? a great start to something new!DON'T BORROW IT, BUY IT ...YOU'LL WANT YOUR OWN COPY!

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