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A brighter sun,: A novel Unknown Binding – 1953

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  • Unknown Binding: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Press (1953)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007DX3JA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
Samuel Selvon, one of the three first writers of the Caribbean along with G. Lamming and V.S. Naipaul, caputures the attitudes in late 1930's Trinidad. While the rest of the world are dealing with Nazi Germany, the main issue at hand in Trinidad, for young East Indian, Tiger was coming to grips with what it is to be a man. In the first few chapters, Tiger in thrown into married life and providing for a family. It is the suddenness of these events and the naivety of a sixteen-year old Tiger that cause him to become dissatisfied with his lot in life. This dissatisfaction causes him to lose the one thing he wants the most. While tackling the progress of the main character Tiger, Selvon manages to intertwine issues of racial roles, gender roles and the effects of neocolonisation by the USA's military base in Trinidad. This book lends itself to the reader to discover the true life of the Caribbean; not just the one in travel brochures. It is also a great coming of age story which I myself read at age 15/16 as part of my secondary education. It is a book that will transcend generations. It is a classical Caribbean novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Val on 7 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
I've always loved this book - since I first read it for O'Levels.
It's Trinidad in the time of my grandparents and reflects a lot of the stereotypes and culture of that era which still trickle through today.

Samuel's description of Trindad as a country and an island is brilliant! It's just a sun and sand island but so much more which he captured wonderfully throughout this book.

I've given this book as a gift to a few British friends and they enjoyed it as well and found it easy to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vin M on 13 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A well-written and engaging collection of short stories. Light and entertaining reading.
While I believe that persons who know (about) Trinidad/Trinidadians may appreciate this book a little more, it certainly is NOT a prerequisite.
Highly recommended.
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By Tam Tam on 24 May 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It is an excellent novel I enjoyed the story. The purchase itself came on time and was in good condition. However it had markings throughout the book. For a used book though that was the only issue.
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