Cyril Dabydeen Drums of My Flesh

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Drums of My Flesh

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Fiction. A highly original novel of generations colliding in the ever-changing global landcape. In a central park in Ottowa's Sandy Hill, Gabe, an immigrant from Guyana, explores the past in the company of his young Canadian-born daughter. Grounds shift as characters come to life, tropical and temperate zones merge, the past and present form intermittent shadows, as Gabe delves into his youth on a sugar plantation next to the Edenic Corentyne coast by the Atlantic Ocean. Colorful characters give density to Gabe's story growing up in an Indian family struggling to live traditionally in faraway Guyana, as Christian, Hindu, and Muslim worlds come together, continually presenting us with new realities, new awakenings.

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Drums of My Flesh is a beautifully rendered, intellectually challenging, and deeply satisfying addition to Dabydeen's oeuvre. Although it is in many ways a debut novel, it reveals the masterful craftsmanship of Dabydeen's long years of writing and the confidence of an author hitting his stride in the genre of fiction. --Anne-Marie Lee-Loy

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In a central park in Ottawa's Sandy Hill, Gabe, an immigrant from Guyana (South America), explores the past in the company of his young Canadian-born daughter. But this novel goes beyond the traditional innocence to reality plot, as it also embraces a quest for spiritual beingness in a compelling setting fraught with irony. Grounds shift as characters come fully to life; tropical and temperate zones merge; the past and present form intermittent shadows. Gabe's story of growing up in an Indian family struggling to live traditionally in faraway Guyana, and Christian, Hindu and Muslim worlds come together, as the plot unravels, and we continually move back and forth faced with new realities, new awakenings.

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