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Ways of Sunlight Hardcover – 3 Dec 1973

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Press; New edition edition (3 Dec. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582786053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582786059
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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' A delightful book, a pleasure to read and reflect over afterwards....for humour, sprightliness and downright exuberance at being alive, Mr Selvon's people are positively Neapolitan.'

                                               SUNDAY TIMES

'Mr Selvon writes naturally in dialogue, he never lets the pace sag.'

                                        TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT      

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About the Author

Samuel Selvon (the unusual Indian surname appears to be Tamil) was born on 20 May 1923, into a middle-class Presbyterian family in San Fernando, the southern city of Trinidad. His half-Scottish, half-Indian mother looked after the home, while his Madrasee father tended his dry-goods store in San Fernando. His mother, who spoke Hindi and English fluently, encouraged her children to be similarly bilingual, but Sam confesses that he eventually managed only a few words and common phrases. Young Sam attended two Canadian Mission primary schools. One in San Fernando, and the other nearby. He remembers fondly that at the latter, Grant C M School, he received warm encouragement in English Composition from a particular teacher. Sam moved on to Naparima College in San Fernando, another Canadian Mission institute, and during an undistinguished academic career, developed an abiding love for his two favourite subjects, English Language and English Literature. It was at Naparima College that he became a voracious reader.

In 1944, Selvon won a short story contest with a piece submitted to The Naval Bulletin, a publication of RNVR. He wrote both prose and poetry, often discarding what he wrote. One poem, however, was kept, and was later broadcast on the BBC radio programme 'Caribbean Voices' while Selvon was still in Trinidad. From RNVR, at the end of World War II, Selvon became a wireless operator with the Port of Spain Gazette, and shortly after, moved to the rival Trinidad Guardian. He spent three years with the newspaper, and left as sub-editor of special features.

Feeling that Trinidad was stifling his growing interest in creative writing, Selvon left for England in March, 1950, aboard the same ship as George Lamming, whom he had met before but did not know well. In London, Selvon, unable to secure a position in journalism, freelanced, publishing articles on various subjects. He later became a clerk in the Indian Government Civil Service Department in London. Needing a change, after twenty-eight years, Selvon left England in 1978 for Canada, where he resides. At present, he is writer-in-residence at the University of Calgary, teaching and working on a new novel, which seeks to explore the rich intricacies of the  Trinidadian psyche.                                                 

                                                                                                                

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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
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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
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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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