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Astonishingly vivid, bawdy, and tempestuous, this novel is a cautionary tale about greed and class conflict in postcolonial Guyana. Comparing ruthless 20th-century prospectors to the long-ago Spanish explorers who raped a continent in their quest for El Dorado, the novel follows the dreams and delusions of Aron Smart, a youth orphaned early in life and brought up on a farm by his grandparents who impressed upon him the value of an education. When Aron’s schooling is cut short after a reversal of fortune, however, he becomes deeply discouraged by his lack of opportunity and decides to follow in his father’s footsteps as a diamond prospector. He quickly becomes very rich his companions in the mines call him Shark” and he is determined to use his new wealth to buy his way into the middle class. But Aron is out of his element in the world of property and prestige, and, cheated of his fortune, he returns to the interior, mining with a reckless madness that leaves him terribly maimed in an accident and causes him to dream of returning to his grandfather’s life, built on the solid rhythms of farming and caring for the land.
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Jan Carew is a native of Guyana and a former professor at Northwestern University and Princeton University. He is the author of The Last Barbarian, Moscow Is Not My Mecca, and The Wild Coast, as well as children’s books, plays, and a collection of poetry. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Book Description Longman Caribbean Ltd., Trinidad and Jamaica, 1969. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. Paperback Edition. The first novel of this Guyana-born American Professor of African-American Studies at Northwestern University, involving fortunes, murder, disaster, etc. Illustrated with drawings. Book. Seller Inventory # 071722
Book Description Longman, 1980. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 184 pages. Seller Inventory # DG0289
Book Description Longman, 1980. Paperback. Condition: Good. All orders are dispatched the following working day from our UK warehouse. Established in 2004, we have over 500,000 books in stock. No quibble refund if not completely satisfied. Seller Inventory # mon0002846812
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR009020536
Book Description Trinidad / Jamaica: Longman Caribbean, 1985. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. VG/na. Light edge wear, light toning, light soiling, and light creasing. Reprint Edition. Pictorial Wraps. This book is from the extensive Gatenby Collection amassed over 30 years . Gatenby was the founding artistic director of the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, a hugely successful annual event that helped "Time Magazine" declare that Gatenby had made Toronto one of the literary capitals of the world. He also directed the readings at Harbourfront in Toronto, and is the author of "Literary Guide to Toronto," among other books. Gatenby signature and date on ffep. SIGNED by Carew & INSCRIBED to Gatenby: "With warmest good wishes to Greg after a splendid festival". A unique Association Copy. Inscribed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 022107