I Am A Japanese Writer

“I Am A Japanese Writer” by Dany Laferrière (Haiti) Review The short chapters and choppy style of writing appealed to readers the most. They enjoyed the theme of identity – national, racial and authorial – which they found thought provoking. They liked the irony and found many passages to be very funny, especially the ones…

Broken Glass

“Broken Glass” by Alain Mabanckou (Republic of Congo)  Synopsis The story of ‘Credit Gone Away’, a squalid Congolese bar, is related by one of its most loyal customers, Broken Glass, who has been commissioned by its owner to set down an account of the characters who frequent it… Read more Summer Reading Reviews Members of…

Wide Sargasso Sea

“Wide Sargasso Sea” by Jean Rhys (Dominica) Review Most readers enjoyed the book, liking the language and the descriptions of place. They found that although it was a short novel (120 pages), there was a lot of depth to it, especially in its historical and political context. They found Antoinette’s personal story very sad and…

Distant Palaces

“Distant Palaces” by Abilio Estevez (Cuba) Synopsis and Review “Distant Palaces”: transforming creative energy into life When Victorio learns that his home is about to be demolished he leaves his job, burns his possessions and takes to the streets. Wandering the city, he meets two people who change his life: Salma, a young prostitute, and…

Mr Potter

“Mr Potter” by Jamaica Kincaid (Antigua) Synopsis and Review “Mr Potter”: a long lament for an absent father In this semi-autobiographical novel, Jamaica Kincaid tells the story of an ordinary man, his century, and his home. The island of Antigua comes vibrantly to life under the gaze of Mr. Potter, an illiterate taxi chauffeur who…