The Games Were Coming

Anthony, Michael

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1968
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Title: The Games Were Coming

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Publication Date: 1968

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Boston. 1968. Houghton Mifflin. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. hardcover. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. keywords: Literature Caribbean Trinidad Black Trinidad. inventory # 12424. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Set in the authorís native Trinidad like his previously published GREEN DAYS BY THE RIVER, this novel has the same appealing freshness. The story unfolds during the weeks preceding the annual Carnival and the Southern Games, a time of mounting excitement for the whole island. Leon has already won some modest bicycle races and is in training for this greatest of all. He is so obsessed by his ambition to be the Champion that he has dismissed everything else from his life, especia1 his girl friend Sylvia. The life of his whole family revolves around his training. Home from work each night, his father first checks out Leonís body with an appraising glance, then turns his detailed attention to the Wasp, a cycle light as cork, which must be oiled and cleaned, its handle kept dead straight, its nuts tight. Dolphus, the little brother, can hardly bear the excitement, torn between the preparation for the race and the steel bands already practicing in secret session for the competition at Carnival. Leonís mother is wise and light-hearted and amused. But Sylvia is not amused! She is Leonís girl and he thinks she is the kind of girl he can spend his years with. But keeping fit rules out women and now all his surplus energies are wrung out in sweat at the track. Lonely and hurt, Sylvia drifts toward another man and finally is forced into a situation where she must use real feminine guile to save herself. Under its simple surface this story contains many things, the fevers of love and ambition, the excitement of Carnival, the tensions of the games. It is written with beautiful simplicity and exactness and is a lyric evocation of West Indian youth. ĎA captivating regional novel. Mr. Anthony, who was born in the West Indies, makes his characters appealing without overly romanticizing them, and his ear for dialogue is magnificently accurate.í - Martin Levin, New York Times Book Review. ĎMr. Anthony relates his story with sensitivity and occasional poignance. it is in every sense engaging.í - Publishersí Weekly. ĎA haunting, exotic, startlingly relevant tale.í - Virginia Kirkus Service. Bookseller Inventory # 12424

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