This book makes a great read for those with an interest in Cuban history, a zest for romance, or a passion for travel. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This book is charming. It is also a bit nostalgic for me, because I am around the same age as the author maybe a year or so younger , and around the same time that she was falling in love in Cuba, I was falling in love in Mozambique. The newness, the strangeness, the connection without words in the face of language barriers, the awkward interactions with family, the questioning of motives - all are familiar to me. I am a critical reader, I can't help it.
And I think the shortfall of this book is inadequate editing. Nothing major, but enough to make you wonder if it underwent completely professional editing. Then there is the abrupt ending. But, all in all, I enjoyed the book.
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I just visited Cuba in March, and found the book reminding me of the culture. Contact your local library for additional information. Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born in Chaguanas,Trinidad, in a family descended from immigrants from the north of India. His grandfather worked on a sugar cane plantation and his father was a journalist and writer, while his uncle Rudranath Capildeo was a noted scientist and politician. At the age of 18 Naipaul travelled to England where, after studying at University College at Oxford, he was awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree in From then on he continued to live in England since the 70s in Wiltshire, close to Stonehenge but he has also spent a great deal of time travelling in Asia, Africa and America.
Apart from a few years in the middle of the s, when he was employed by the BBC as a free-lance journalist, he has devoted himself entirely to his writing. Naipaul's works consist mainly of novels and short stories, but also include some documentary work.
He is, to a very high degree, a cosmopolitan writer, a fact that he himself considers to stem from his lack of roots: The events in his earliest books take place in the West Indies. A few years after the publication of his first work, The Mystic Masseur , came what is considered by many to be one of his most outstanding novels, A House for Mr.
Biswas , in which the protagonist is modelled on the author's father. After the success of A House for Mr. Biswas, Naipaul extended the geographical and social perspective of his writing to describe with increasing pessimism, the deleterious impact of colonialism and emerging nationalism on the third world. This is depicted in Guerrillas and A Bend in the River , the latter being a portrayal of Africa that has been compared to Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
In his travel books and his documentary works, he presents his impressions of the country of his ancestors, India, in India: In The Enigma of Arrival he describes how a landed estate in southern England and its proprietor, with a colonial background and afflicted by a degenerative disease, gradually decline before finally perishing. A Way in the World, which is a cross between fiction, memoirs and history, consists of nine independent but thematically linked narratives in which Caribbean and Indian traditions are blended with the culture encountered by the author when he moved to England at the age of Naipaul has been awarded a number of literary accolades, including the Booker Prize in , the T.
He is an honorary doctor of St. In he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth of England. In he won the Nobel Prize for Literature for which he had been shortlisted since the 70's. But perhaps even more significantly is the year in which this project is launched: In many ways Vidia owes his success as a writer through this connection with his father, and from the community in which he hails.
Naipaul is at his best in these swift caricatures of human depravity. By some miraculous sleight-of-hand he takes you to Port of Spain and shows you the rich, bawdy, consequential lives of the Trinidadians, as though there were no intervening veil of words I rather suspect the mantle of Chekhov has fallen on Mr. The One Book, One Community project is a countrywide reading and discussion programme that encourages all persons to read the same book at the same time to create a countrywide book club. Discussions were held during National Library Week, October 24th to 29th, His first novel Witchbroom Hbk.
This was followed by a collection of short stories Ballad for the New World Pbk. He has also published poetry in a number of anthologies and journals: He divides his time between writing and teaching Literature and Creative Writing. My books are rooted in its landscape, language and cultural life. I could not write without Trinidad.
Night Calypso has also grown out of this deep involvement. It seeks to imagine a time that was an historical and political watershed in the development of our islands. It was a time when, in the revolution of the s, and s, Africans, Indians, and in the person of Captain A. Cipriani, white creoles fought for a common endeavour. Against this background, the book looks at the world at war during World War 2, as it explores the complexities of human love, human cruelty and the need for healing, self-healing and communal healing. Metivier, my boatman Jonah, my pharmacist Krishna Singh and my orphan boy Theo are rooted in a Trinidad I know very well.
Other characters are imagined through research and I must thank many Trinidadians and libraries for help with that. My island El Caracol, based on the island of Chacachacare, is an island blazing in my mind. I am also a teacher as well as a writer. I taught at Aranjuez Junior Secondary School in the s and s. As a teacher and a writer I want to support this project, as I have always believed as a teacher of literature in the wonderfully liberating experience of reading novels.
It is through them that we can imagine ourselves and others more fully; through them we inhabit the other. Libraries are liberating institutions and we are lucky to have such a wonderful one in Port-of-Spain. But all the other libraries are also so important to have in our communities. A community reading its own literature together is a wonderful idea! May there be many more such projects. Night Calypso is unique in being a serious, knowledgeable and beautifully written treatise about a little-known corner of experience and its relationship to a wider world.
Night Calypso adds to the potent canon of the Caribbean novel tradition and gives us history and struggle in the most amenable of forms. It is an educative, startling and moving reading experience. This immensely rewarding novel must surely be a contender for the next Booker shortlist. But what I shall remember are the wonderful moments of tenderness-the turtle laying her eggs on a beach at night and the gentle washing of a boy in seawater.
Scott conveys this with elegance and power. Night Calypso is an eminently readable narrative thoroughly enjoyable as an adventure into imagination.
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