- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Granta Books (6 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847088643
- ISBN-13: 978-1847088642
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Feeding the Ghosts Paperback – 6 Feb 2014
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About the Author
Poet, novelist and playwright FRED D'AGUIAR was born in London in 1960 to Guyanese parents. He lived in Guyana until he was 12, returning to England in 1972. His first collection of poetry, Mama Dot (1985) won the Guyana Poetry Prize, and his novel The Longest Memory won the Whitbread First Novel Award. He has since published seven collections of poetry and sixnovels, including Bethany Bettany (2003). He is currently Professor of English at Virginia Tech.
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Top Customer Reviews
Mr. D'Aguiar has also written poetry. It shows in a prose which is often as lyrical as it is powerful. A beautifully written book about one of the most shameful periods in Britain's and America's history, it is very well worth reading.
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The only time that I felt that the narrative was jarred was in Part 2. This is the only part when D'Aguiar moves away from Mintah's perspective. Perhaps other reader consider this section to be necessary to the progression of the plot. I just wished the transition from the ship Zong to the court room.
An image manipulated in the novel is the sea. It comes to represent a conqueror, a friend, or an enemy. Its implications as a witness to and an embracer of the jettisoning of the Africans is thought-provoking and incredibly compelling.
Read this book. It will make you cry over something, whether it be the subject matter, Mintah's relationship with Simon, or just the lovely diction and imagery conjured by D'Aguiar.
In addition to the novel's sobering re-creation of the indignities of the slave trade, its imagery and spellbinding writing offer a subtext that explores the power of language. Though the merchants of and investors in the slave trade were allowed to describe and control the language with which the trade was conducted, the final word is yet to be spoken. D'Aguiar's voice joins with that of his character Mintah to help us redefine this peculiar institution.