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The Oxford book of Caribbean short stories
Brown, Stewart, 1951-
Publication Information:
Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxxiii, 476 pages ; 22 cm
Some people are meant to live alone / Frank Collymore -- Pioneers, oh, pioneers / Jean Rhys -- Pablo's fandango / Alfred Mendes -- Drought / Eric Walrond -- Triumph / C.L.R. James -- Journey to the seed / Alejo Carpentier -- Red dirt don't wash / Roger Mais -- Encarnacion Mendoza's Christmas Eve / Juan Bosch -- The doors open at three / G. Cabrera Infante -- The cricket match / Sam Selvon -- The light on the sea / John Wickham -- Tilson Ezekiel alias Ti-Zek / Jan Carew -- Shadows move in the Britannia Bar / Ismith Khan -- Rosena on the mountain / Rene Depestre -- The master tailor and the teacher's skirt / Roy Heath -- The last voyage of the ghost ship / Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- A proper Anno Domini feeling / Andrew Salkey -- To Da-duh, in memoriam / Paule Marshall -- Dream Haiti / Kamau Brathwaite -- Buried statues / Antonio Benitez Rojo -- They better don't stop the carnival / Michael Anthony -- The night watchman's occurrence book / V.S. Naipaul -- The old men used to dance / John Stewart -- Leaving this island place / Austin Clarke -- Victory and the blight / Earl Lovelace -- The breadnut and the breadfruit / Maryse Conde -- Altamont Jones / Velma Pollard -- In foreign parts / Thea Doelwijt -- When women love men / Rosario Ferre -- Mammie's form at the post office / E.A. Markham -- Passport to paradise / Myriam Warner-Vieyra -- Morris, Bhaiya / Clyde Hosein -- Trotters / Willi Chen -- The conversion of Millicent Vernon / Pauline Melville -- Do angels wear brassieres? / Olive Senior -- Goodbye mother / Reinaldo Arenas -- Ballad for the New World / Lawrence Scott -- Eye-openers / Ana Lydia Vega -- Sunday cricket / Jean 'Binta' Breeze -- The inheritance of my father: a story for listening / Astrid Roemer -- Blackness / Jamaica Kincaid -- The walk / Merle Collins.
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The Caribbean is the source of one of the richest, most accessible, and yet technically adventurous traditions of contemporary world literature. This Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories is pan-Caribbean, including stories from the four main languages of the region: English, Spanish, French,and Dutch. Stories by major figures in the English language tradition such as V. S. Naipaul, Sam Sevlon, and Jean Rhys are set alongside their Spanish- and French-speaking contemporaries like Alejo Carpentier, Jan Bosh, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Their work, in all its diversity of style, theme,and linguistic energy, provides a context for the work of an exciting new generation of Caribbean writers like Edwidge Danticat, Robert Antoni, Astrid Roemer, and Jamaica Kincaid. A celebration of regional creativity, the collection contains sufficient surprises to keep even the most avid student of West Indian writing turning the pages, while reminding readers that the Caribbean is a multilingual, multicultural space.

Author Notes

Stewart Brown is a poet and critic who teaches African and Caribbean literature at the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham. He has previously taught in Jamaica, Nigeria. he has edited several anthologies of Caribbean writing and published many books and essays on aspectsof West Indian culture.John Wickham was born and lives in Barbados, and is one of the most respected figures in Caribbean literature. His essays and short stories have been widely published and anthologized. He is editor of Bim, the Caribbeans longest-established literary journal, and served for several years as a Senatorin the Barbados parliament.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The Caribbean encompasses such a vast array of cultures and languages, the editors of this gem-filled anthology had to abandon the idea of creating a pan-Caribbean collection. They chose instead to focus on stories written in English in the West Indies. Editor Wickham, editor of the region's oldest and most prestigious literary journal, Bim, and Brown, a poet and critic who teaches African and Caribbean literature at the University of Birmingham, England, have selected magical stories from four generations of Caribbean writers, beginning with "the father of modern West Indian writing in English," Frank Collymore, who is represented by an almost Hitchcockian tale. Its striking theme of eccentric, antisocial behavior surfaces in each subsequent era, driving stories by Jean Rhys, Roy Heath, and Rosario Ferre, to name just a few. Other eye-catching names found among the more than 50 vital and eloquent storytellers gathered include V. S. Naipaul, Earl Lovelace, Paule Marshall, Maryse Conde, Pauline Melville, Patrick Chamoiseau, and Edwidge Danticat. --Donna Seaman

Library Journal Review

This comprehensive collection by 51 20th-century Caribbean writers is as rich and diverse as the cultures and authors who created them. From Cuba and Haiti to Colombia and Guyana, these stories combine a unique sense of place with universal themes. World-renowned authors like Gabriel García Márquez and V. S. Naipaul are included alongside prominent Caribbean authors Patrick Chamoiseau and Juan Bosch and relative newcomers Edwidge Danticat and Alicia McKenzie. While the majority of pieces portray the area's ties to England and the United States, translations from Spanish, French, and Dutch illustrate that there is not one Caribbean culture or literature, but many. While the stories stand well on their own, the editors' organization, introduction, and bibliography provide valuable historical and literary background. Lyrical and well crafted, these stories are a feast for the ear as well as the mind. Highly recommended for all collections.‘Ellen Flexman, Indianapolis-Marion Cty. P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
Frank Collymore (1893-1980) (Barbados) Some People are Meant to Live Alonep. 1
Jean Rhys (1894-1979) (Dominica) Pioneers, Oh, Pioneersp. 9
Alfred Mendes (1897-1971) (Trinidad) Pablo's Fandangop. 18
Eric Walrond (1898-1966) (Guyana) Droughtp. 26
C. L. R. James (1901-1989) (Trinidad) Triumphp. 35
Alejo Carpentier (1904-1983) (Cuba) Journey to the Seedp. 50
Roger Mais (1905-1955) (Jamaica) Red Dirt Don't Washp. 62
Juan Bosch (b. 1910) (Dominican Republic) Encarnacion Mendoza's Christmas Evep. 70
G. Cabrera Infante (b. 1922) (Cuba) The Doors Open at Threep. 80
Sam Selvon (1923-1994) (Trinidad) The Cricket Matchp. 91
John Wickham (b. 1923) (Barbados) The Light on the Seap. 96
Jan Carew (b. 1925) (Guyana) Tilson Ezekiel Alias Ti-Zekp. 101
Ismith Khan (b. 1925) (Trinidad) Shadows Move in the Britannia Barp. 110
Rene Depestre (b. 1926) (Haiti) Rosena on the Mountainp. 119
Roy Heath (b. 1926) (Guyana) The Master Tailor and the Teacher's Skirtp. 138
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (b. 1928) (Colombia) The Last Voyage of the Ghost Shipp. 148
Andrew Salkey (1928-1995) (Jamaica) A Proper Anno Domini Feelingp. 153
Paule Marshall (b. 1929) (Barbados) To Da-Duh, in Memoriamp. 159
Kamau Brathwaite (b. 1930) (Barbados) Dream Haitip. 169
Antonio Benitez Rojo (b. 1931) (Cuba) Buried Statuesp. 187
Michael Anthony (b. 1932) (Trinidad) They Better Don't Stop the Carnivalp. 200
V. S. Naipaul (b. 1932) (Trinidad) The Night Watchman's Occurrence Bookp. 208
John Stewart (b. 1933) (Trinidad) The Old Men Used to Dancep. 215
Austin Clarke (b. 1934) (Barbados) Leaving this Island Placep. 220
Earl Lovelace (b. 1935) (Trinidad) Victory and the Blightp. 228
Maryse Conde (b. 1937) (Guadeloupe) The Breadnut and the Breadfruitp. 235
Velma Pollard (b. 1937) (Jamaica) Altamont Jonesp. 245
Thea Doelwijt (b. 1938) (Surinam) In Foreign Partsp. 249
Rosario Ferre (b. 1938) (Puerto Rico) When Women Love Menp. 257
E. A. Markham (b. 1939) (Montserrat) Mammie's Form at the Post Officep. 270
Myriam Warner-Vieyra (b. 1939) (Guadeloupe) Passport to Paradisep. 274
Clyde Hosein (b. 1940) (Trinidad) Morris, Bhaiyap. 277
Willi Chen (b. 1941) (Trinidad) Trottersp. 288
Pauline Melville (b. 1941) (Guyana) The Conversion of Millicent Vernonp. 292
Olive Senior (b. 1941) (Jamaica) Do Angels Wear Brassieres?p. 304
Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990) (Cuba) Goodbye Motherp. 314
Lawrence Scott (b. 1943) (Trinidad) Ballad for the New Worldp. 326
Ana Lydia Vega (b. 1946) (Puerto Rico) Eye-Openersp. 333
Jean 'Binta' Breeze (b. 1947) (Jamaica) Sunday Cricketp. 344
Astrid Roemer (b. 1947) (Surinam) The Inheritance of my Father: A Story for Listeningp. 348
Jamaica Kincaid (b. 1949) (Antigua) Blacknessp. 362
Merle Collins (b. 1950) (Grenada) The Walkp. 366
Edgardo Sanabria Santaliz (b. 1951) (Puerto Rico) After the Hurricanep. 372
Patrick Chamoiseau (b. 1953) (Martinique) Red Hot Peppersp. 382
Lionel Seepaul (b. 1955) (Trinidad) Pan for Pockotp. 391
Makeda Silvera (b. 1955) (Jamaica) Caribbean Chameleonp. 399
Robert Antoni (b. 1957) (Trinidad/Bahamas) A World of Canesp. 403
Zoila Ellis (b. 1957) (Belize) The Waiting Roomp. 416
Sasenarine Persaud (b. 1957) (Guyana) Canada Geese and Apple Chatneyp. 424
Geoffrey Philp (b. 1958) (Jamaica) My Brother's Keeperp. 434
Alecia Mckenzie (b. 1960) (Jamaica) Private Schoolp. 442
Edwidge Danticat (b. 1969) (Haiti) Nineteen Thirty-Sevenp. 447
Biographical Notesp. 457
Suggestions for Wider Readingp. 467
Publisher's Acknowledgementsp. 473