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.