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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551522268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551522265
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 20.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an electrifying novel by an extremely gifted writer. "Soucouyant" is about personal history but it is also much more than that. It is about time and place and the individual's quest for a vantage point between the new world and the old. "Soucouyant" bridges geographic, cultural, and generational gaps, and it is 'told' with great beauty and sensitivity towards loss and pain that is extremely rare. The writing itself is of the highest order. This is a novel that will remain with readers for a long time.
―Alistair MacLeod--Alistair MacLeod"Alistair MacLeod" (06/04/2007)

David Chariandy is a brilliant young writer whose novel, "Soucouyant", is tender and beautiful, but also as tough and craggy and precipitous as the Scarborough Bluffs where it is set. "Soucouyant" is about the disintegration of a mother's life, witnessed and described by her son with a compassionate accuracy, a man in the drifting soul of a woman. With careful brushstrokes and symphonic imagination, the author reveals to us the crises of filial love, of multicultural society, of language itself. The resulting narrative is magnificent.
―Austin Clarke--Austin Clarke "Austin Clarke "

About the Author

David Chariandy is an assistant professor in the English department at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC, Canada), specializing in world literature with a focus on Anglo-Caribbean work. He is also co-writing a book on contemporary diasporic theory. This is his first novel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent diasporic narrative 7 May 2011
By loveroflit - Published on Amazon.com
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David Chariandy's book is true , honest and a page-turner. Beautiful language negotiation between the Trinidad Creole and Canadian English.He carries the reader through space and time. The characters are complex yet easy to relate to ...Chariandy succeeds in avoiding any kind of fixity in his politics. Only con with this novel ..too short . Leaves the reader wanting more..this novel marks a new discourse...a must read for all Caribbean readers and for those who are not? a great start to something new!DON'T BORROW IT, BUY IT ...YOU'LL WANT YOUR OWN COPY!
4.0 out of 5 stars so well written i couldn't put it down 9 Sept. 2015
By rangee - Published on Amazon.com
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So well written I couldn't put it down. Enjoyed how Chariandy used one of Trinidad's main folkloric characters to identify with an everyday issue. Any immigrant could also relate to the prejudice experienced by the family. And sad to say, on a recent trip to Canada, I was disappointed that, that prejudice still exists. Wonderful, descriptive tale of life in Trinidad during the War, and of an immigrant's struggle in a new place. Definite must read.
3.0 out of 5 stars OK 12 April 2014
By lover of Poetry - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was ok. Its an easy read if you are from the Caribbean. If not the parts that are not written in standard English might take rereading to understand. Didnt like the ending. To each his own happy reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 July 2015
By katherine matias - Published on Amazon.com
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beautiful memoir.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Illuminating 19 Mar. 2014
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A book that considers implications of memory and dementia, and what a son could be left with when his history begins to fade away.
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