Literary Listings: 8 Books That Prove The English Caribbean Is More Than Pirates And Mermaids

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!


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It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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8 Responses to Literary Listings: 8 Books That Prove The English Caribbean Is More Than Pirates And Mermaids

  1. Pingback: 15 Day Book Challenge: Day 11 | Bitches With Books

  2. I like Miguel Street. I just found my copy from high school, and I think I’m gonna read it again.
    I’m not big on Caribbean-themed books, really. I’m thinking about reading some though, just for the sake of research. I’ll be back to this list to choose one or two.

  3. Heather says:

    The Caribbean isn’t just pirates and mermaids?! My whole world just fell apart.

    Seriously, though, this is a great idea. I have a feeling my wish list is going to grow exponentially.

  4. Rhys says:

    I have read so many posts regarding the blogger lovers however this article is truly a good
    paragraph, keep it up.

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