Tales of thwarted desires, repressed passions and betrayals evoke a troubled Caribbean paradise. The legacy of a cruel history haunts this new world society. Individuals are consumed by their own emotions and confused by the shifting ground of their own cultures. With a blend of pathos and ironic humor, Lawrence Scott describes life in this fallen Eden, where both the melancholy and the extravagant play their part.
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Lawrence Scott is from Trinidad and Tobago, a Caribbean Creole. He now lives in London and divides his time between teaching and writing.From Publishers Weekly:
Scott (Witchbroom), who hails from Trinidad and Tobago, has filled his collection of 12 short stories with all the rich nuances of the Carribbean, creating a convincing backdrop that allows even the most sedentary armchair traveler to visualize each tale's progression. The narrators are men and women, black and white, young and old, and usually each story ends with a bite that raises a question or makes a point that surfaces well into the next story. There is a quiet intimacy about these pieces, like "Chameleon," about the timid son of a dominant father who for six years secretly peeped at a little neighbor girl-until his father found out. "Because it was her birthday, Bernadetta had a new dress, a birthday dress spread over the hibiscus hedge.... He longed to reach out and touch it and pass the satin ribbons through his fingers." Even the corruption of the "Yankee dollar" becomes lyrical in the title story of a young man who "lost his James Dean rebel smile." In an effort to do more than simply tell a story, Scott gets so descriptive that it occasionally takes a second look to catch the story's plot. But they're well worth the effort.
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Book Description Heinemann, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0435989391
Book Description Heinemann, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110435989391