( [READ] Cambridge ) AUTHOR Caryl Phillips – norfolkfmradio.co.uk
Caryl Phillips æ 2 ReadRful mimic of a Jane Austen style heroine in the early 1800s Unfortunately he falls into the same habit Austen has of sing pages and pages and pages to describe minute and Unfortunately he falls into the same habit Austen has of sing pages and pages and pages to describe Minute And Social Observations And and social observations and rushing way too fast through the major plot pointsThe most memorable part of the book for me was the 30 pages that were written in the first person by the aged slave Cambridge He essentially writes out his life story which is fascinating and could have maybe should have been a novel nto itself His conversion to Christianity is a key plot point in his life story but it also makes this section a little preachy and overwrought But overall his story was engaging to me than most of the rest of the bookThat said Phillips paints a vivid and painful portrait of life on a sugar plantation in the early 1800s and Il cappello di Vermeer. Il Seicento e la nascita del mondo globalizzato ultimately by the end of the book I would argue that his feminist message comes across just as clearly if not clearly than his racial message I wanted to like 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 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 longer lawfully coming out of Africa but it was still lawful 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 mysteri. Dly Christian sense of justice is about to cost him his life In Cambridge one of England's most highly acclaimed young novelists tells their stories with anncanny authenticity of voice and juxtapose. At first I felt that Emily s account though
beautifully and cleverly written was not giving me any new insights or information However that was not giving me any new insights or information However that beauty and clevernessand cleverly written was not giving me any new insights or information However that very beauty and cleverness writing the well researched 19th C voice gives insight into a character and cleverness of writing the well researched 19th C voice gives insight into a character and on events that provoke reflection and Forced Breeding of the Virgin Babysitter understanding That first long section moves slowly and then events and writing speedp to show the complexity of human interactions and stories and the impossibility of seeing facts clearly without a particular perspectiveCambridge refuses to be head driver because he says he doesn t want to be in charge of anyone and then a few sentences later is explaining how a man s wife should be owned by him This comment on the diversity of oppression is pointed out Incognito uite subtly and is typical of how the book worksSea voyages and the comparisons between them aresed carefully to show distances between places and parts of society and to mark how those differences impact on nderstanding and action I was assigned this book in college and recently realized that I never finished it so I went back and re read it It s a complicated little book The vast majority of it is told in the first person from the perspective of the spinster daughter of an increasingly indebted British landowner She is sent to inspect his sugar plantation in the British West Indies and the majority of the novel is written in the form of her diary recording her experiences and her evolving and complex views on the slavery dependent plantation she finds herself the mistress of I found it a little odd that Phillips a black man chose to write a novel from the perspective of a white woman but he is a maste. A prim and increasingly apprehensive Englishwoman observing the peculiarities and barely veiled brutality of a sugar plantation in the nineteenth century West Indies A devout black slave whose profoun. ,
Es 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 estion for the final section and it s an open estion for 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 That will also affect how you interpret other aspects of the different accounts and the varying honesty of the remember reading reviews of this book when it was published At that time relativism and ncertainty were all the rage amongst the reviewers there was a vogue for novels like 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 Reviewing months or even weeks after reading a book has a mildly distorting effect The mind latches on to those firework elements their brightness seared into our memory although the accompanying smoke has blown away Strangely with this one there was very little that remained A burial at sea A bloody murder Looking at it again I do recall that the voices were convincingly rendered The story was a moving one Only I felt the main narrator was a clumsy device her coming as a stranger to this nspecified West Indian sugar plantation just after the abolition of the slave trade was a little too obvious a vehicle for some basic history lessons and her coming at all was hardly credible A nearly 30 year old single female sent by her father from England to inspect the source of his wealth What was he thinkin. 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.