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Unmoving and pedestrian,
This review is from: Tide Running (Paperback)
Kempadoo's `TR' is the story of a European couple (Bella and Peter) who settle near the town of Plymouth, on the Western end of Tobago. Bella and Peter are free-spirited liberals, but Plymouth is a town with a reputation for drugs and crime, even among Tobagans. They befriend a pair of local brothers, Cliff and Ossi, and gradually draw Cliff into their Bohemian lifestyle, even to the extent in involving him in ménage a trois. Friends warn them not to get involved with the locals, but they ignore them. Eventually however, they begin to suspect Cliff's motives for his friendship and their trust in him starts to slip.
`TR' was one of those books that completely failed to interest or move me at all. The characters were not developed well enough for me to care about their fates in the slightest, and the development of the plot (such as it was) was so pedestrian that I hardly notice when the book had finished. It was supposed to be about a weighty culture clash between the Tobagan youths and liberal Europeans, but it just seemed to be about a couple having a little domestic difficulty with their alternative lifestyles. Maybe I wasn't shocked enough at the book's concept, or maybe it was all a bit alien to me, but `TR' is a book that I won't be recommending to anyone I know.