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Traveller's Literary Companion: Caribbean

Ferguson, James

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ISBN 10: 0844289647 / ISBN 13: 9780844289649
Published by Passport Books, 1997,, 1997
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Title: Traveller's Literary Companion: Caribbean

Publisher: Passport Books, 1997,

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Soft cover

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Covering 20 islands and their culture, this book surveys history, geography, and current situation of each island. It offers excerpts from novels, short stories, poems, and travel writing. Including 175 extracts by Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway, Derek Walcott, Martha Gellhorn, V.S. Naipaul, and others, plus author biographies and bibliographies.

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There are plenty of guides to Caribbean resorts and beaches, but this is the only one dedicated to the region's literary treasures. James Ferguson provides a general introduction to each of 20 island groups, plus a book list, poetry and prose extracts, and notes (biographical and literary) on the authors whose works are extracted. Browsing the selections, you realize that Puerto Rico would be so much more enjoyable with a Luis Rafael Sánchez novel in hand, or some Julia de Burgos poetry to provide cultural context, and that it would be a shame to miss out on Brian Moore if you were going to Haiti. The extracts provide a literary smorgasbord that give an interesting view of each island, and more importantly, help you decide which poets and authors must be part of your trip. --Stephanie Gold

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