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"[Contains] a richness, a thickness, a stinging slangy that-there thingyness of observation and detail." --Robert Nye, The Guardian -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.

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Merle Collins is Grenadian. She is the author of two novels, a collection of short stories and two previous collections of poetry. She teaches Caribbean literature at the University of Maryland. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal modern classic 10 Nov. 2013
By Green Mountain Mama - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A gorgeous book. I found it at the library and knowing almost nothing about Grenada (except that the US had invaded when I was a small child) I still found myself completely engrossed in the powerful story and beautiful language. The story is of one young girl's "coming of age" and that is very universal except that it also includes the theme of the country of Grenada coming of age politically as well. I had no problem reading the patwa dialogue in the book. I think because the author doesn't use a lot of patwa terms, but instead just sentence structure and pronunciation, it is accessible to all standard english speakers after a few pages (similarly to the slang language used in "A Clockwork Orange."). Furthermore the patwa really adds insight into the mindset of the characters. I would recommend this book as very accessible to anybody who has ever traveled to any caribbean island or listened to reggae music and worth the (minimal effort) to understand the patwa to everyone else. I think the book it is most like is "The Bread Givers" but it also reminds me a lot of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." It has the same elegant simplicity as those works and incredibly strong characters and story. Though it was written for adults it is also a good choice as a YA book.
Even though it's been years since I read this book I still find myself thinking about it all the time. It's a shame that it never found a wider audience but as it will stand the test of time and I think eventually be recognized for the modern classic it is.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Caribbean Literature 24 Dec. 2009
By Vanessa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I had to purchase this book for a literature class and would encourage others to read it. It was a very educational and historic story of the Grenadian revolution as well as the story of women in that era.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2015
By Takahina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Book was in excellent condition
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2.0 out of 5 stars Remember the U.S. Invasion of Grenada? 23 Jan. 2001
By IsolaBlue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If it wasn't for the fact that the U.S. invasion of Grenada has been horribly neglected in fiction, this review of ANGEL might not appear here at all. But it is important that the invasion be remembered - especially by a Grenadian. But that is not totally what ANGEL is about. It is the story of a family in Grenada, but is is also the story of the community surrounding the family and the country surrounding the community. It is about life, love, and the pursuit of politics. The book spans at least a quarter of a century, but would be more effective if an entire century had been used, or perhaps even the opposite extreme: a one-month period. Twenty-five years in under three-hundred pages is difficult at best, and there is a sense that Collins has failed with what she really wanted to do. Description in general seems to be the downfall of Collins' writing. The main problem with the book is the extent to which conversation is used to control and direct the plot, almost to the point where the reader is crying out for a paragraph or two of descriptive writing. Dialogue is in Grenadian dialect which seems inconsistent in the way it is rendered and dense to the point where even those familiar with Grenada may find themselves turning to the glossary. A very difficult read, but perhaps worth the attempt for those interested in hearing a bit of the Grenadian side of the U.S. invasion.
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