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on 15 August 2017
Took a little time to come - but it's a good book
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on 28 October 2006
What to say about this text? Firstly, the book itself, this is a rare thing, a beautifully produced paperback, framed and set with great care and style by the publishers, Salt. And a good thing too. The complexity of the form of the text, if mishandled, would have rendered it unreadable. As it is, flick through prior to reading- will send shivers of anticipation down your literary spine. And by the end, the style does justify the effort spent, indeed it does. I finished this experimental novel with a sigh, of relief and of sadness as I was parted from what had been an intense and difficult experience. This is a sensual book in every sense, olfactory perhaps most prominent. It is a smelly book, one that reeks with the ecology of Trinidad, its central muse. After finishing, I had to go eat a curry goat roti. The introduction to the novel, by Dr. Lauri Ramey, will suffice for a clever analysis of the literary debts and merits of Joseph's style, it is sufficient to say here that science fiction, poetry, and music-infected prose proliferates and intertwines like some crazy spicy noodle soup. Forget the comfortable linear narratives of all too ubiquitous best-sellers, this is original work, honed with a fine, caring eye. It is not only a poetic novel, it is a testament, no superficial work of mere fiction this, where a reader feels truth in words arrayed in this manner s/he must wince, halt, re-read, smile and move on, enriched. Check it out.
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on 29 October 2006
This is spine-rattling writing that checks L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry and Sun Ra in one! This *should* be 'difficult', but it's entertaining - dare I say it, even a page-turner. Anthony Joseph has an extraordinary ability with words and can do it all - lyrical, bombastic, dialect, abstract. A rollercoaster read! Highly recommended.
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on 25 May 2010
I loved this book. Once you get used to the language (reading aloud helps) it is great fun. Anthony has great perception and sense of humour.
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