Posts tagged postcolonial

The Pleasures of Exile by George Lamming

I loved George Lamming’s novel In the Castle of my Skin, but wasn’t so impressed by this collection of essays. There were some wonderful ideas in here, but the book as a whole felt disjointed. First of all, for those of you who don’t know George Lamming, he’s Barbados’s most famous writer. Austin Clarke mentioned In the Castle of my Skin in a recent talk as “the Barbadian novel.” He was recently honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Bim Literary¬†Festival. I went to see Lamming give a talk… Read More

“Evening is the Whole Day” by Preeta Samarasan

Update: I interviewed Preeta Samarasan about this book and her writing in general – to listen to the interview, click here.   This book grew on me. At first I found the amount of detail overwhelming, and thought the pace was too slow. Gradually, though, I got used to the style. By the end, I thought it was one of the best books I’ve read in quite a long time. It’s an interesting book in that it illuminates the politics of post-colonial Malaysia and the tensions of race and class,… Read More