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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (Aug. 30 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006485952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006485957
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.4 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #283,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

RAMABAI ESPINET was born in Trinidad and has lived in Canada for 25 years. She is a poet, a writer of fiction and essays, a critic and an academic. Her published works include the poetry collection Nuclear Seasons, and two children’s books, The Princess of Spadina and Ninja’s Carnival. She lives in Toronto.

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If you are ethnically Indian and live in, are from or are a descendant of the Caribbean, read this book.
This book sheds a light on recent history as well as the experience of this ethnic group as immigrants in North America. IMO this book should also be a must-read for anyone living in cities in North America and the UK where a large diaspora of West Indian Indians reside.
As the first reviewer for Amazon.ca, and though I have never met you, I will address you directly : Ramabai, you are a great writer with great stories to tell. The Swinging Bridge is definitely a story that needed and NEEDS to be told. I am happy I read it. BTW, I am not East, West or any other direction Indian (thought I should mention this as the Amazon.com reviewers all seem to be from your neck o' the woods).
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb1b95738) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0xa6eac090) out of 5 stars A wonderful book March 16 2009
By KC - Published on Amazon.com
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The Swinging bridge is one of my favourite books; the storytelling and description is beautiful. I identify with this book since I'm from Trinidad and I know which all girls school she is talking about. A definite read for anyone who wants to feel what life was like in Trinidad back in the days :)
HASH(0xa64542ac) out of 5 stars Brilliant March 31 2015
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I read this novel as part of a West Indian Novel course at the University of Guyana, and I must say it is very impressive. The engagement with Indo- Trinidadian culture became a part of me given the similarities of it with the Indo- Guyanese culture. Espinet's artful manoeuvring of the language had me wrapped up in a world of my own. The metaphor of the main character's attempt to connect the dots of her past with "The Swinging Bridge" left a deep impression on me about the importance of not only knowing where I come from, but knowing the direction I want to take. I encourage everyone to delve into this book with the intent of familiarizing themselves with history and culture. They will find the juxtaposition of first world life and third world life fascinating and quite a bit ironic. Most definitely a must read!
HASH(0xb1b7de88) out of 5 stars Important & beautiful work Sept. 22 2012
By JJP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A story of a girl, a family, a culture. I learned a lot about Trinidad and Tobago from this book, and I was born on the island and lived there for the first 23 years of my life. The writing is honest and courageous. The characters are alive. The sense of place is strong. The dialog is authentic. There are several descriptive passages that are truly beautiful. This is a book with heart and soul.
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HASH(0xb1b9a828) out of 5 stars Great novel Jan. 5 2010
By Iman Loves Reading - Published on Amazon.com
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A must read! Insightful and touching. Diaspora is a subject not many people are familiar about. The effects of migrations are detailed in a very insightful and emotional way. An excellent read.