Welcome to the new series, Bat-List-Crazy! Yup, you got it, every Monday I’ll post a new list of books or bookish things and tell (or suggest) why they’re so important! I promise that it’ll be humorous and sometimes the lists won’t be about many books, but a single book!
8 Books That Prove The English Caribbean Is More Than Pirates And Mermaids:
A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid.
This short book is a scathing retelling of Kincaid’s native Antigua, the tourist industry and the idiosyncrasies of island life.
The Other Side of Paradise by Staceyann Chinn
Like a typical memoir, Chinn opens her book with the story of her questionable birth and heritage. As she progresses through life, Chin attacks her trials with an amazing gusto. Her lyrical prose adds to the realism of the piece.
Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul
Set in rural Trinidad and Tobago, Naipaul begins his novel with the description of a simple street. As the novel progresses, we realise that the daily interactions of the inhabitants are far simple and the life the protagonist leads is far from easy.
The Goat Woman of Largo Bay by Gillian Boyes
In this novel, the readers are treated to an intense detective series, complete with a well-meaning detective working in a rural fishing village in Jamaica and his boss, the American hotel owner. Readers quickly learn that everything is not as it seems!
The Long Song by Andrea levy
Set in the time of Jamaican slave rebellion, this novel tells the haunting story of July, an unreliable narrator as she muddles through the tumultuous times.
Sections of an Orange Fruit by Anton Nimblett
Set in the Caribbean diaspora, Sections of an Orange Fruit is a series of short stories as people struggle to deal with displacement, migration and life whilst holding more dark secrets.
The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke
Unraveling over the course of 24 hours, this amazing novel tells the story of Mary-Mathilda as she confesses a crime against a prominent member of the Bajan community, the owner of a sugar plantation.
God’s Angry Babies by Ian Strachan
Both bitter and sweet, God’s Angry Babies is set an urban island of The Bahamas. Through the use of Bahamian dialect, Strachan conjures a story of hardship and displacement as society comes to terms with internal migration and a failing economy.
I hope you enjoyed the list! I’d love to debate it with someone!