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Saga Boy

By Antonio Michael Downing
  • ISBN Code: : 073523731X
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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SHORTLISTED for the 2021 Speaker's Book Award LONGLISTED for the 2021 Toronto Book Award The triumph of Saga Boy is the triumph of Blackness everywhere--the irrepressible instinct for survival in a world where Blacks are prey." --Ian Williams, Giller Prize-winning author of Reproduction An enthralling, deeply personal account of a young immigrant's search for belonging and Black identity amid the long-lasting effects of cultural dislocation. Antonio Michael Downing's memoir of creativity and transformation is a startling mash-up of memories and mythology, told in gripping, lyrical prose. Raised by his indomitable grandmother in the lush rainforest of southern Trinidad, Downing, at age 11, is uprooted to Canada when she dies. But to a very unusual part of Canada: he and his older brother are sent to live with his stern, evangelical Aunt Joan, in Wabigoon, a tiny northern Ontario community where they are the only Black children in the town. In this wilderness, he begins his journey as an immigrant minority, using music and performance to dramatically transform himself. At the heart of his odyssey is the longing for a home. He is re-united with his birth parents who he has known only through stories. But this proves disappointing: Al is a womanizing con man and drug addict, and Gloria, twice abandoned by Al, seems to regard her sons as cash machines. He tries to flee his messy family life by transforming into a series of extravagant musical personalities: "Mic Dainjah," a punk rock rapper, "Molasses," a soul music crooner and finally "John Orpheus," a gold chained, sequin- and leather-clad pop star. Yet, like his father and grandfather, he has become a "Saga Boy," a Trinidadian playboy, addicted to escapism, attention, and sex. When the inevitable crash happens, he finds himself in a cold, stone jail cell. He has become everything he was trying to escape and must finally face himself. Richly evocative, Saga Boy is a heart-wrenching but uplifting story of a lonely immigrant boy who overcomes adversity and abandonment to reclaim his Black identity and embrace a rich heritage.

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  • Publisher : Hodder Education
  • Book Code : 1510410988
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Study Aids
  • Members : 653
  • Pdf File: a-world-of-poetry.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A World of Poetry includes all the prescribed poems for the revised CSEC English A and English B syllabuses. It has been compiled with the approval of the Caribbean Examinations Council by Editors who have served as CSEC English panel members. - The material in this anthology will help students to prepare effectively for the CSEC examination. - The poems have been chosen to cover a wide range of themes and subjects and include a balance of well-known poems from the past as well as more recent works. - The anthology includes poems from the Caribbean and the rest of the world to stimulate an interest in and enjoyment of poetry. - This collection contains notes on each poem and questions to provoke discussion, as well as a useful checklist to help students with poetry analysis. - The book contains practical guidance for students on how to tackle examination questions, with examples of model answers for reference.

Trinidad and Tobago

By Lise S. Winer
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  • Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing
  • Book Code : 902727679X
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 609
  • Pdf File: trinidad-and-tobago.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This volume describes the English and English Creole of Trinidad and Tobago. Sources from the early 19th through late 20th centuries are gathered from a wide range of materials: novels, editorials, advertisements, cartoons, proverbs, newspaper articles, plays, lyrics of traditional songs and calypsos, and oral interviews. Many of the older texts are now made easily accessible for the first time. The introduction includes descriptions of the historical background, the sound system, grammar and vocabulary, speech styles, social and linguistic interaction of Creole and English, and implications for education and spelling. The older sources demonstrate much closer links to other Caribbean English Creoles than previously recognized. The texts and recordings of oral interviews are invaluable resources for researchers and teachers in linguistics, Creole Studies, Caribbean studies, literature, anthropology and history.

Nobody Knows where the Blues Come from

By Robert Springer
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  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Book Code : 160473731X
  • Total of Pages : 303
  • Category : Music
  • Members : 748
  • Pdf File: nobody-knows-where-the-blues-come-from.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Musicians and music scholars rightly focus on the sounds of the blues and the colorful life stories of blues performers. Equally important and, until now, inadequately studied are the lyrics. The international contributors to "Nobody Knows Where the Blues Come From" explore this aspect of the blues and establish the significance of African American popular song as a neglected form of oral history. "High Water Everywhere: Blues and Gospel Commentary on the 1927 Mississippi River Flood," by David Evans, is the definitive study of songs about one of the greatest natural disasters in the history of the United States. In "Death by Fire: African American Popular Music on the Natchez Rhythm Club Fire," Luigi Monge analyzes a continuum of songs about exclusively African American tragedy. "Lookin' for the Bully: An Enquiry into a Song and Its Story," by Paul Oliver traces the origins and the many avatars of the Bully song. In "That Dry Creek Eaton Clan: A North Mississippi Murder Ballad of the 1930s," Tom Freeland and Chris Smith study a ballad recorded in 1939 by a black convict at Parchman prison farm. "Coolidge's Blues: African American Blues from the Roaring Twenties" is Guido van Rijn's survey of blues of that decade. Robert Springer's "On the Electronic Trail of Blues Formulas" presents a number of conclusions about the spread of patterns in blues narratives. In "West Indies Blues: An Historical Overview 1920s-1950s," John Cowley turns his attention to West Indian songs produced on the American mainland. Finally, in "Ethel Waters: 'Long, Lean, Lanky Mama, '" Randall Cherry reappraises the early career of this blues and vaudeville singer. Robert Springer is a professor of English at the University of Metz in Longeville les Metz, France. Among other works, he is the author of "Authentic Blues: Its History and Its Themes" and the editor of "The Lyrics in African American Popular Music."

The Fer-de-Lance Contract

By Philip Atlee
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  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Book Code : 1504065808
  • Total of Pages : 146
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 571
  • Pdf File: the-fer-de-lance-contract.pdf

Book Short Summary:

An operative heads to the steamy Caribbean and brings some heat of his own: “I admire Philip Atlee’s writing tremendously.” —Raymond Chandler Joe Gall is the kind of guy who gets called in when no one else can get the job done—a freelance operative with a CIA background who knows how to track down intel, hide in the shadows, find his quarry, and eliminate the threat. Now, a Caribbean island is having a problem with snakes—the kind only someone like Joe Gall can exterminate . . . From an Edgar Award finalist called “the John D. MacDonald of espionage fiction,” this is a hard-hitting tale of action, danger, and international intrigue (Larry McMurtry, The New York Times).

Rising Above and Beyond the Crossbar

By Lincoln A. Phillips
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 1491862491
  • Total of Pages : 212
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 417
  • Pdf File: rising-above-and-beyond-the-crossbar.pdf

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The Civil Rights era is the backdrop to this story of a black college soccer team who played their hearts out to overcome racial injustice in 1970s USA. Stocked with some of the best Caribbean and African players of the era, the Howard University Bison went on to win two national championships under the martial discipline of Coach Lincoln “Tiger” Phillips. The Tiger made history by becoming the first college coach to win an NCAA championship for a Historically Black University, when the Bison stormed to the 1971 and 1974 titles. He is a former professional goalkeeper who did his utmost to repel the sorcery of Brazilian maestro Pelé in the early days of professional soccer in the United States, and helped take Trinidad & Tobago to bronze at the 1967 Pan Am Games. This biography crackles with anecdotes of Coach Phillips’s life. From his roller skating, Carnival costume-wearing boyhood in Trinidad to his days as the nickname-bestowing soccer coach who expects his players to excel, academically and athletically, Above And Beyond will transport the reader from the tears of tough losses to the euphoria of two national titles. Read the story of an athlete and soldier so exhausted from long days of training for competition that he can’t polish his army boots when he returns to base, and learn about the man who finds the ideal slogan to rally the embattled Howard team to a second national title after they’re stripped of the first.

Bird Uncaged

By Marlon Peterson
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  • Publisher : Bold Type Books
  • Book Code : 1645036502
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 436
  • Pdf File: bird-uncaged.pdf

Book Short Summary:

From a leading prison abolitionist, a moving memoir about coming of age in Brooklyn and surviving incarceration—and a call to break free from all the cages that confine us. Marlon Peterson grew up in 1980s Crown Heights, raised by Trinidadian immigrants. Amid the routine violence that shaped his neighborhood, Marlon became a high-achieving and devout child, the specter of the American dream opening up before him. But in the aftermath of immense trauma, he participated in a robbery that resulted in two murders. At nineteen, Peterson was charged and later convicted. He served ten long years in prison. While incarcerated, Peterson immersed himself in anti-violence activism, education, and prison abolition work. In Bird Uncaged, Peterson challenges the typical “redemption” narrative and our assumptions about justice. With vulnerability and insight, he uncovers the many cages—from the daily violence and trauma of poverty, to policing, to enforced masculinity, and the brutality of incarceration—created and maintained by American society. Bird Uncaged is a twenty-first-century abolitionist memoir, and a powerful debut that demands a shift from punishment to healing, an end to prisons, and a new vision of justice.

The Rough Guide to Trinidad and Tobago (Travel Guide eBook)

By Polly Thomas,Rough Guides
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Apa Publications (UK) Limited
  • Book Code : 1789194946
  • Total of Pages : 296
  • Category : Travel
  • Members : 953
  • Pdf File: the-rough-guide-to-trinidad-and-tobago.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Discover these fascinating twin islands with the most incisive and entertaining guidebook on the market. Whether you plan to join a mas band at Port of Spain's Carnival, dive Tobago's coral reefs or enjoy the pristine beaches, The Rough Guide to Trinidad & Tobago will show you the ideal places to sleep, eat, drink, shop and visit along the way. - Independent, trusted reviews written with Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and insight, to help you get the most out of your visit, with options to suit every budget. - Full-colour chapter maps throughout - to explore the colonial-era streets of downtown Port of Spain or navigate the bars, restaurants and guesthouses of Tobago's Crown Point without needing to get online. - Stunning images - a rich collection of inspiring colour photography. - Things not to miss - Rough Guides' rundown of thebest sights and experiences in Trinidad & Tobago. - Itineraries - carefully planned routes to help you organize your trip. - Detailed coverage - this travel guide has in-depth practical advice for every step of the way. Areas covered include: In Trinidad: Port of Spain, Chaguaramas and the Bocas islands, North coast beaches and villages, Brasso Seco, Toco,Grande Riviere, Manzanilla/Mayaro, San Fernando, Icacos. In Tobago: Crown Point, Mount Irvine, Scarborough, Castara, Windward Coast, Speyside, Charlotteville. Attractions include: In Trinidad: Carapichaima; the North Coast Road; the Northern Range; Asa Wright Nature Centre; Yerette and Mount St Benedict; Nariva Swamp; Pitch Lake; Tobago: Store Bay beach; Pigeon Point; Bon Accord lagoon; The windward and leewards coasts; Forest Reserve; Little Tobago Basics - essential pre-departure practical information including getting there, local transport, accommodation, food and drink, festivals and public holidays, outdoor activities, sports, culture and etiquette, crime and personal safety, shopping and more. Background information- a Contexts chapter devoted to history, Carnival, music, ecology and wildlife and recommended books, plus a section on Creole English. Make the Most of Your Time on Earth with The Rough Guide to Trinidad & Tobago About Rough Guides : Escape the every day with Rough Guides. We are aleading travel publisher known for our "tell it like it is" attitude, up-to-date content and great writing. Since 1982, we've published books covering more than 120 destinations around the globe, with an ever-growing series of ebooks, a range of beautiful, inspirational reference titles, and an award-winning website. We pride ourselves on our accurate, honest and informed travel guides.

Coping With Poverty

By Hymie Rubenstein
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 0429712766
  • Total of Pages : 410
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 599
  • Pdf File: coping-with-poverty.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This ethnography of Leeward Village, a large coastal community on the little-known Caribbean island of St. Vincent, illustrates how people in one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere pull together in positive and creative ways to adjust to the many adversities they face. Like their Black counterparts elsewhere in the Americas, Leeward

The First Naipaul World Epics

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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 9354352650
  • Total of Pages : 344
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 727
  • Pdf File: the-first-naipaul-world-epics.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The plethora of commentary from highly respected voices in a broad cross-section of academic disciplines, which V. S. Naipaul's death on 11 August 2018 elicited, ranged so widely, both cognitively and emotionally, that if a student of literature, unfamiliar with the Naipaulian era, read it all, they would have failed to make sense of the divergences. Allegations included that he 'was a cruel man', 'a scarred man', 'the darkest dungeons of colonialism incarnate: self-punishing, self-loathing, world-loathing, full of nastiness and fury', 'a ventriloquist for the nastiest cliches European colonialism had devised to rule the world with arrogance and confidence' and so on. On the other hand, writers referred to Naipaul as a 'brilliant writer's writer', one 'who holds a mirror of imagination unto society to capture a certain view of reality' and one who 'has turned the genre of the travelogue into an art form'. Debates aside, many of us appreciate the value of Naipaul's writing to the deepest possible comprehension of the imperial impulse and the myriad reasons it manifested as colonialism. The First Naipaul World Epics is the first in a series of critical collections that aim to demonstrate this value. At the same time, the series seeks to help the new student through the quagmire of divergent opinions his personality and writing have generated.

Brown Girl, Brownstones

By Paule Marshall
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  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Book Code : 0486118606
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 762
  • Pdf File: brown-girl-brownstones.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Set in Brooklyn during the Depression and World War II, this 1953 coming-of-age novel centers on the daughter of Barbadian immigrants. "Passionate, compelling." — Saturday Review. "Remarkable for its courage." — The New Yorker.