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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting overview, 3 Oct 2008
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David Poulet (U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This is a nice volume that, as you'd expect, covers a wide range of Walcott's work, right up to the most modern stuff.

Not sure about some of the selections sometimes. The balance, to me, seems a little skewed toward the more modern, and the editor sometimes seems to prefer the longer works, the more self-consciously "intellectual". But maybe that's just because I like the earlier stuff more. No place here for "Dark August" or "Sabbaths - WI", a couple of my favourite earlier pieces.

Still, a good collection and you can't really go wrong. He's a wonderful poet. Clearly always in love with the simple beauty of the language.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Between Islands, 8 Jan 2009
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Mr. R. Thomas "Robson72" (England) - See all my reviews
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As mentioned above the selection leans towards to the longer works which are not always as accessible as the reader might like. Not I hasten to add because the work itself is overtly difficult more because we are not given the 'whole' story in an excerpt.

I am very much enjoying the read. Particularly Tiepolo's Hound which is both intricate, deep and fairly easyily grasped all at once. I enjoy the way the poet battles with his own sense of place and identity as a boat battles with the currents between islands.

I have started at the back of the book and am moving, wandering, towards the front, back through time as it were. An enjoyable way to discover the work of Walcott.
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