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Arrival of the Snake-Woman and Other Stories Paperback – Oct. 15 2009

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  • Publisher : TSAR Publications (Oct. 15 2009)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1894770536
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1894770538
  • Item Weight : 259 g
  • Dimensions : 14.63 x 1.27 x 22.25 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 5 ratings

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"The Jamaican society provides Olive Senior an endless font of material for her creative hand to mould. The style she writes in is consistently delightful and easy to read, so easy indeed, that the unsuspecting reader runs the risk of forgetting the deep and sometimes dreadful concerns to which she would point her audience. We look forward to several other collections from this mistress of short fiction."
--Journal of West Indian Literature

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The Toronto author Olive Senior's Jamaican birthplace provides the setting for these powerfully engaging stories that span a period of roughly 150 years, from the closing days of slavery in 1838 to the 1980s. The tensions wrought by rapid change and conflicting loyalties are at the heart of these stories, most beautifully evoked in the novella "Arrival of the Snake-Woman". Here a young boy narrates the seminal event of his childhood in the late nineteenth century: the coming of a lonely Indian indentured woman into a mountain village. Senior's stories are leavened with wit and humour and the intricate play with language; her characters emerge as triumphant examples of the human spirit unravelling the complex weave of race, class, and cultural and ethnic identity.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Arrival of the snake... Oliver Senior
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem: Stories of insight that touch the soul...Beautifully written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of stories
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