(FREE) Cambridge AUTHOR Caryl Phillips

And understand the undergirding ideas that supported slavery because so many of them are still present today We don t see them because Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech like the diarist in part 1 of the novel we are blinded by our privilege and our social power Phillips makes usook at it rubs our faces in it and we can t A coerência textual look away He doesn t give us redemption He doesn t give us a white savior This novel is so relevant today It was avant garde for its time early 90s But now in 2020 we can see the effects of notooking deeply at our past and being too uick to pat ourselves on the back So much of the same oppression continues It is baked into our economics and our politics and our communities and our relationships So is this a fun read no But it s a necessary one And in case the novel feels made up or too extreme for some sensibilities all of it was taken sometimes word for word from travel journals from that time period At first I felt that Emily s account though beautifully and cleverly written was not giving me any new insights or information However that very beauty and cleverness of writing the well researched 19th C voice gives insight into a character and perspective on events that provoke Reflection And Understanding That and understanding That Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller long section moves slowly and then events and writing speed up to show the complexity of human interactions an Emily is a thirty year old spinster sent to the Caribbean to see the state of her father s plantation After a treacherous sea voyage on which her maid dies Emily arrives to find that her father s plantation manager has disappeared under mysterious circumstances and in his place is the new plantation manager Arnold Brown Brown slowly seduces Emily who incurs the wrath of Brown s former slave mistress She soon begins to fear that Brown s former mistress is insane and herife may be in danger Meanwhile Brown s mistress husband a slave named Cambridge is also distressed He knows that Brown is using his wife w I wanted to ike this book but I couldn t I think because I couldn t shake the thought that the author was interested in making a point than telling a story It seemed almost that he tried too hard to put the reader into the time and place and the minds of the characters 35This book is a truly reader into the time and place and the minds of the characters 35This book is a truly and important narrative of the injustices and horrors of the slave trade with the use of the dual perspectives of Emily and Cambridge providing a searing juxtaposition and therefore weaving a subtle and effective commentary on this historical moment Phillips excels in description the richness and detail of his descriptive voice instantly transports the reader to the setting of the Carribean as filtered as the andscape is however through Emily s point of view Although written convincingly in the style of a historical journal through Phillips use of First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who'€ve Been There language the novel is still very readable and flowingHowever there are some exceptions to this flowing style The narrative of Cambridge is placed into the novel with no explanation of how it s arrived there in a book that was previously framed as Emily s journal entries The feverish uality of the final sectioneaves some confusion and an unsatisfying open ending that eaves you frustratingly feeling ike you re missing something Overall though I would definitely recommend this book to someone interested in historical or postcolonial iteratur. S them to devastating effect As a suspenseful and inescapably damning portrait of the schizophrenia of slavery Caryl Phillips's book belongs to the company of Beloved and The Confessions of Nat Turner. ,
Trange half denial Eventually she comes to see the necessity of slavery in the West Indies for as ong as it can survive in the face of American competition Slaves are necessary due to the severity of the climate which white of American competition Slaves are necessary due to the severity of the climate which white and draught animals can t endure She thinks of herself as enlightened but she s really only half an intellect She has ambitions of becoming a pro slavery ecturer based on her New World experiences which consist of Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome little than sitting around her father s sugar estate She is a portrait of complacency When Mr Brown is away the obeah woman comes crawling in the dirt outside the narrator s bedroom no doubt casting some spell And wait until you meet Cambridge the highly articulate freeman whoike Solomon Northup was stolen into slavery That s the set up The author has a truly formidable skill for set up The author has a truly formidable skill for This book goes on the same shelf holding two other fine novels on slavery Charles R Johnson s excellent Middle Passage and Barry Unsworth s Booker award winning Sacred Hunger Some of the other reviewers seem to be confused by aspects of this book First of all it is set at the time between the banning of the slave trade and the emancipation of all slaves ie a time when cargoes were no onger awfully coming out of Africa but it was still awful to own existing slaves in plantations Secondly Emily Cartwright is not travelling alone she has her companion Isabella who dies on the journey out Those are not the mysteries of the story The real mysteries are the ones that exist in the gaps between sections of each version of the narrative for example the moment where Emily begins to refer to Mr Brown as Arnold In one of these gaps there occurs the moment that causes the events recorded in the final section and it s an open uestion for the reader where that occurs and who is responsible That will also affect how you interpret other aspects of the different accounts and the varying honesty of the testimoniesI remember reading reviews of this book when it was published At that time relativism and uncertainty were all the rage amongst the reviewers there was a vogue for novels ike Mr Wroe s Virgins and Poor Things that play with and maybe commit to the idea that there is no truth above conflicting narratives of events Perhaps Cambridge belongs in that strand I can t be sure You don t get the narrative you want but you get the narrative you need This is not a book that will follow the formulas and conventions you are accustomed to I will say I disagree with the review on the cover I don t feel this is a fast paced novel rather it is slow and thoughtful meditative and frustrating Caryl Phillips doesn t give you a white washed self congratulatory version of history He makes you Space Kid look at the parts you want to forget the vile ugly ones you want to gloss over in favor of the brighter if they can be considered such points We want forget the philosophical and scientific racism that the racist whites used to justify their treatment of African slaves We want forget the social death imposed on blacks when they were ripped from their families andand of origin We want to forget the way that they were denied any future by their white masters When we whites think of ourselves as having done the right thing by ending chattel slavery it s too easy to think we ve done enough It s important to know. Dly Christian sense of justice is about to cost him his ife In Cambridge one of England's most highly acclaimed young novelists tells their stories with an uncanny authenticity of voice and juxtapose. .

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