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Maxene Dyett Did they got married before tiger started eating. Tenisha Grant chapter 3 summary …more chapter 3 summary less. See all 8 questions about A Brighter Sun…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of A Brighter Sun. Sep 23, BookOfCinz rated it really liked it Shelves: caribbean-books , reads , believe-the-hype , historical-fiction , loved , readcaribbean. There is something magical about reading about a place you currently reside at and I think that is what I loved most about this book.
Tiger and his wife moves to San Juan an up and coming community 4 miles away from the capital Port of Spain. In San Juan Tiger tries to fit in, learn what it means to be a man and more importantly tries to navigate the changing world around him. Sam Selvon thrust us into a period of history where Trinidad and Tobago is still trying to figure out herself.
She is caught between pre- Independence, the influx of Americans to her shore and the ranging war in Europe. Historically, a lot is happening and Selvon uses that to tell a story and show us how these things impacts our main character. If you are looking for an in-depth look into live in Trinidad and Tobago during the s, this is definitely a book you want to pick up.
If you are looking for a memorable character- trust me, you wont forget Tiger. A must read Trini book for me. I read this for the ReadCaribbean challenge. View 2 comments. Jan 12, Lamski Kikita rated it liked it. This book gives a very informative and accurate account of the state and life in s Trinidad caught between its colony past and a present monopolized by American military existance and the island's involvement in the second world war.
Tiger is the main character of the story. He is a southern Trinidadian boy of Indian ancestry who gets married off at The story is of his struggles as a "man" and trying to make a living as well as understand life and what it means to him as he understands hi This book gives a very informative and accurate account of the state and life in s Trinidad caught between its colony past and a present monopolized by American military existance and the island's involvement in the second world war.
The story is of his struggles as a "man" and trying to make a living as well as understand life and what it means to him as he understands himself. From this book you learn of the many predujices in the beautiful island, be it race or class. The struggle of the poor is maginified by their color. Tiger is an ambitious boy and you feel for him while reading, until he becomes one of the men, beating his pregnant wife and getting drunk nights on end. Selvon is very accurate with the Trini english, and writes beautifully.
I ick him over Naipaul any day. Apr 04, Marisa Maharaj rated it liked it. Set in Trinidad and Tobago during the Second World War, this novel aims both at painting a general picture of the economic, social and political facts of life of the time and period while also telling a smaller more intimate story about a handful of its residents in a forgotten village not far from Port of Spain.
The jump from general to particular is ongoing and is not always handled smoothly. The narrative that follows Tiger and Urmilla -a young Indian couple- and Rita and Joe- their creole ne Set in Trinidad and Tobago during the Second World War, this novel aims both at painting a general picture of the economic, social and political facts of life of the time and period while also telling a smaller more intimate story about a handful of its residents in a forgotten village not far from Port of Spain.
The narrative that follows Tiger and Urmilla -a young Indian couple- and Rita and Joe- their creole neighbours- is stopped in its tracks often to make room for statements about policy, building projects and rationing. I found the clear difference in tone, intent and narrative voice in these transitions a bit jarring. The part that focuses on the more insular narrative, however, I found very compelling. Selvon expertly inmerses the reader into the world of these characters through the use of dialect and colorful description that bring to life a Caribbean full of sound, smell, rum, hard work and careless violence.
I particularly liked the way in which Selvon repeatedly calls attention to the sun and the living earth as the constants of the life of these characters, compelling them to action, providing comfort, meaning,joy. It burned him. It had been burning ever since he could remember. But he loved it, because everything looked good when it was shining. Mar 03, June rated it liked it Shelves: library-finds , recommended , uno , caribbean-reads. Rating is 3.
After reading Golden Child last month, I am happy to read more books set in Trinidad. This debut novel is a coming of age tale set during the final years of World War 2. We follow Tiger, a sixteen year old Indian boy who is being married to Urmilla. This is an arranged marriage and he moves from his hometown of Chaguanas, a sugar cane district to the more urban village of Barataria.
Here Tiger struggles to define manhood. This short novel was unexpectedly humorous. Selvon presents Rating is 3. Selvon presents the racial tension in Trinidad very matter of factly. But offers hope for the future through Tiger. The writing style reflects an author who worked in journalism, with the beginning of chapters providing background on the island.
But as info dumps which primarily breaks the tension of the book. Despite this flaw, it is well worth the read. The imagery and themes are quite lyrical as there are obvious biblical elements. Be aware, there is mild language, domestic violence but no graphic sexual content. Nov 08, Natasha Lovelace rated it it was amazing. An awesome book,filled with dreams and aspirations and how one often struggles to fulfill those dreams.
The author chartered the development of the Protagonist in such a way that poverty as well as racism intertwined. The book tells us about a young boy who was at war with becoming a man, being able to read and rise from his current status in society Oct 31, Rae Roxanne Williams rated it did not like it. Can't read. The devs of this app are idiot, in the fact that they don't let you read shit.
What is the dam point of this site. May 02, D'andra rated it really liked it. The book is really well written and gives an insightful view of Trinidad and Tobago before the end of WWII and teens and the issues they face in regards to responsibility and relationships.
It depicts well the journey of a young man into adulthood due to a child marriage. His thoughts, how he deals with marriage, working, a child that is not the preferred biological sex, sexual relations, friendship with racial divides and his path to maturity is well displayed.
I thought Urmilla's character cou The book is really well written and gives an insightful view of Trinidad and Tobago before the end of WWII and teens and the issues they face in regards to responsibility and relationships. I thought Urmilla's character could have been highlighted and developed on more.
I wanted to know more about her and her thoughts and how she matured as an individual apart from being Tiger's wife and a mother.
A Brighter Sun
Although he has published nine books of fiction and is generally considered to be central to the West Indian literary renaissance of the s, criticism of his works has been limited to a few book reviews, paragraphs, and asides in articles on more general West Indian topics, and only recently in one complete article assessing his achievement. His novels are thus often easy pawns in larger discussions of West Indian literature, as well as objects of a sentimental nosE n g l is h St u d ie s in C anada, v, 2, Summer talgia. Selvon is especially associated with the romantic aura of peasant simplicity. To approach his work on this level is to distort and to miss the conscious skill with which he uses his art to overcome aethetic problems integral to the situations he portrays and the historic period he writes of. Even his first novel, A Brighter Sun, which will be the subject of this paper, is carefully structured with an eye to the potential of dialect and of the complex forces at work in the s in Trinidad.
What is a summary of the book A Brighter Sun by Samuel Selvon?
Samuel Selvon is a Caribbean writer who lived from May 20, to April 16, His best-known works include the novel The Lonely Londoners and the short story collection Ways of Sunlight. Selvon's A Brighter Sun is set in Trinidad and centers on the hardships of Tiger, an East Indian peasant farmer struggling with his low station in life. He marries Urmilla at a young age and settles in a mud hut in the multi-ethnic community of Barataria. Their creole neighbors, Rita and Joe Martin, are much well-off than they are, and Tiger, aspiring to that level of comfort, accepts a job for an American construction company. Soon, he invites his employers for dinner in his hut, borrowing utensils and an electric light from Rita. He gets drunk from the dinner, however, and beats the pregnant Urmilla out of frustration and the paranoid suspicion that she is cheating on him.