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At the Full and Change of Moon [Paperback]

Brand , Dionne Brand
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9 May 2000
In 1824, on the island of Trinidad, Marie Ursule, queen of a secret society of militant slaves, plots a mass suicide - a quiet, passionate act of revolt. But she cannot bring herself to kill her small daughter, Bola, whom she smuggles away in the early dawn light. As Bola's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren spill out across the world to America, Canada and Europe, they find their lives both haunted and vindicated by the dreams and passions of their defiant ancestor. The interconnected stories of six generations of Marie Ursule's descendants form a lush, beguiling and beautifully told history of dispossession, and bring this Governor General's Award-winning writer into the front rank of the world's novelists.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books Canada (9 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676972586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676972580
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,996,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Caribbean Diaspora 25 Jun 2003
This is Dionne Brand's second novel, and her best narrative effort so far. Each of the chapters of the novel tells the life of one of the many descendants of Marie Ursule, an African slave in early 19th-century Trinidad. Male or female, living in Trinidad, Venezuela, Canada, the United States or the Netherlands, they all share a cultural heritage and a sense of being "family" which confers structural and ideological unity to the narrative.
The novel starts with the forced relocation of African Marie Ursule as she is sold from one plantation to the next due to her rebelliousness and insolence, and continues by tracing the criss-crossing paths of her descendants over North America, the Caribbean and Europe. Some leave home in order to escape the nightmare their life has become: Cordelia, for instance, leaves her Venezuelan home and comes to the island in order to forget her father's incestuous harassment. Others are trying to improve their prospects, like Maya, who earns her living in Amsterdam's red-light district, or Priest, who sells drugs in New York City. Yet other members of this extended family are simply trying to do what they think is right, like Private Sones, who joined the Second West India Regiment in 1917 in order to fight for the country he had thought his, Great Britain, and returned a broken man. All the stories are engaging, and often truly poignant. A must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Poetic Account of Six Generations 26 May 2000
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A poetic account of six generations born from an act of rebellion and set free into the world, this novel begins on Trinidad as Marie Ursule plots a mass suicide of fellow slaves and ensures the escape of her "vanity and joy," little Bola. Marie Ursule's descendants, born of Bola and her lust for different men, dash off to disparate lives, which Brand describes in separate, always lyrical, chapters. Although Brand's repetitive use of certain phrases can wear thin, she shows a brilliant command of the emotional side of language. I would not recommend this book to casual readers because its emphasis on language and theme, and not plot, might disappoint them; however, this novel has much to offer serious and attentive readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but kind of long. 6 Dec 1999
By steve - Published on Amazon.com
I thought it was an amazing novel, very deep. I think Dionne Brand dwelled to much on simple situations in the plot, which at times made it boring, but overall extremely well written
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