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A brighter sun,: A novel [Unknown Binding]

Samuel Selvon
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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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 (6 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars 1930's Trinidad 20 Oct 2003
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Trinidadian/Caribbean Gem 13 Aug 2013
By Vin M
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 7 Jan 2011
By Val
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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