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Caryl Phillips

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Caryl Phillips, 1958 - Author Caryl Phillips was born in St. Kitts on March 13, 1958. He received a B.A. with honors from Oxford University and soon after began his writing career. He is now professor at Yale University and a visiting professor at Barnard College of Columbia University. Phillips vis mere has received many awards and fellowships and was appointed to the post of chief editor of the Faber and Faber Caribbean writers' series. Phillips' writing explores the challenges of dealing with such divisions as race and heritage, and investigates how they were created in the first place. In "Cambridge," he presents his characters confused identities and frequently compares their personal histories and questions the process of how stories become known as history. He draws links between groups, like the Jews during the Holocaust or Victorian women, to make analogies for the West Indian situation. (Bowker Author Biography) Caryl Phillips is the author of seven previous books. He divides his time between New York City and London. (Publisher Provided) vis mindre

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Værker af Caryl Phillips

Crossing the River (1994) 387 eksemplarer
Cambridge (1991) 268 eksemplarer
The Nature of Blood (1997) 247 eksemplarer
A Distant Shore (2003) 218 eksemplarer
The European Tribe (1987) 103 eksemplarer
Dancing in the Dark (2005) 101 eksemplarer
The Atlantic Sound (2000) 101 eksemplarer
The Final Passage (1985) 100 eksemplarer
Foreigners (2007) 85 eksemplarer
A View of the Empire at Sunset (2018) 80 eksemplarer
Higher Ground (1989) 79 eksemplarer
The Lost Child (1800) 74 eksemplarer
A State of Independence (1986) 60 eksemplarer
In the Falling Snow (2009) 55 eksemplarer
A New World Order: Essays (2001) 47 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Native Son (1940) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver7,621 eksemplarer
Giovannis værelse (1956) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver5,422 eksemplarer
To Sir, With Love (1959) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver1,264 eksemplarer
The Best American Essays 2011 (2011) — Bidragyder — 224 eksemplarer
Granta 43: Best of Young British Novelists 2 (1993) — Bidragyder — 177 eksemplarer

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I read this for a Postcolonial literature class at CU Boulder.

I love the way Phillips has woven history and fiction to give us such an accessible perspective on the African diaspora.

A bit heart-wrenching, but absolutely beautiful.
BreePye | 4 andre anmeldelser | Oct 6, 2023 |
A group of interwoven stories about the lives of “others”—in this case meaning a German Jewish girl in a DP (displaced person) camp at the end of World War II, Othello in Venice, and Jews in a 15th-century Italian ghetto (as well as briefly, a resettled Ethiopian Jewish woman newly resettled in Israel). All of the protagonists are outsiders. The voices are, for the most part, extremely well-rendered and the imaginings wonderfully vivid. My criticism has to do with how it all hangs together—or not. I understand, I think, the motivation for telling these stories together but they are unevenly weighted and on occasion, tedious. Nevertheless, he's a very good writer whose other books I will definitely look into. I understand that interwoven stories is his method and the subjects he chooses vary enormously. I have to admit to great curiosity.… (mere)
Gypsy_Boy | 4 andre anmeldelser | Aug 25, 2023 |
Gwendolen watches her husband open a letter and frown slightly at it. When he breaks the news to her she finds out that he has received an unexpected inheritance. He offers to pay for them both to head back to her home of Dominica that she left as a small girl. Her brief childhood there still inhabits her memories, but it was a place of beauty and freedom. It is a place far removed from the grey days and lonely nights of living in England.

This trip home causes her to look back on her life spent far away from home, the steep learning curve of being in an English school, how her background closed so many doors and the moments spent with those looking to take advantage of her. Her visit to the home she left stirs memories that have long been suppressed and makes her consider where her future may lead.

This is a fictionalised account of Gwen Williams, who is better known as Jean Rhys, author of Wide Sargasso Sea. I have not read that book yet so knew nothing of her story. There were parts of Phillips' story that I liked, in particular, the time she spent in Dominica as a child and when she returned at the end of the book. However, there were parts in the middle that really struggled to catch my interest. Not bad overall, but didn't feel it excelled, I would give another of his books a go at some point.
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PDCRead | 2 andre anmeldelser | Apr 6, 2020 |
A play based on Simon Schama's nonfiction Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution. It's a fascinating story of former slaves promised freedom if they fought for the British and how they were lied to and generally screwed over. Unfortunately, Phillip's play is really boring, with terrible dialogue and horribly wooden characters.
amanda4242 | Apr 5, 2020 |



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