We are celebrating 45 years of Independence today. It occurred to me that since the beginning of the blog there haven’t been any posts on Barbadian authors. I know it’s a bit early for New year resolutions, but I promise to pay closer attention to local authors and to Caribbean writers in general.
So I wanted take the chance to name some of the books I should have read, and intend to read next year:
In the Castle of my Skin by George Lamming; the quintessential Barbadian novel, which shows the socio–political issues that ultimately lead to independence.
The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke; a respected woman in the community wishes to confess a crime. Her story rests on the backdrop of the islands tragic colonial past.
Limestone: an epic poem of Barbados by Anthony Kellman; through fictional and actual historical figures, he ‘employs indigenous Barbadian verse forms’ to spin the tale that begins with the ‘genocide of the Amerindians, up to present time’.
To all the Bajan readers, Happy Independence Day!