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Songs of Silence (Caribbean Writers)

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ISBN-13: 978-0435989576
ISBN-10: 043598957X
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“This is an outstanding collection. Curdella Forbes's eloquent, often moving, storiesbear comparison with the best West Indian Literature.”–Mervyn Morris

About the Author

Curdella Forbes was born in Jamaica, in Claremont, Hanover. She is a teacher by profession and has been a member of the academic staff at the University of West Indies since 1990: from 1990 to 1995 as Resident Tutor, School of Continuing Studies in Western Jamaica, and since 1995 as a lecturer in the Department of Literatures in English, Mona, Jamaica. As well as Songs of Silence, she has written a collection of stories for young teenagers entitled Flying with Icarus and Other Stories (Walker Books, forthcoming) and has contributed to an anthology, Survivor (Walker Books, 2002). She is currently working on a novel. Curdella Forbes lives in Kingston with her niece Angella.
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Product Details

  • Series: Caribbean Writers
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (January 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043598957X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435989576
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,528,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in the beautiful island of Jamaica, this book is a welcome addition to the Caribbean biography genre. Forbes has the ability to use a variety of tones and voices that capture the spirit of the community. The story is the journey of growing up in a rural environment in a large family among amusing, familiar neighbours who have strange incidents in their lives revealed.

Marlene's narrative is an echo of our own childhood experiences, and also a window through which people from other parts of the world can view events that shape part of our Caribbean world. There is mystery surrounding the neighbour hit by loneliness and hard times, the house crumbling about her in a yard overgrown with weeds. We too used the "big bed" as a trampoline with siblings, ignoring the empty threats of a loving father, or waited at the gate, long into the evening for a parent to return from work, or felt the burden of a school friend's poverty.

At the end of the book, we have traveled home once more, and can still hear the quiet words of wisdom from Ma.
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Songs of Silence is a remarkable vehicle through which one can visit any community and every community - anywhere in the world. These stories are iconoclastic in their characterization and at the same time universal in their appeal. I am sure that every reader can find a point of reference in a least one character or situation which either rekindles a memory or provokes a new perspective.
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Although intriguing, this collection of songs that the writer also calls "stories" as in "The Story Without A Name" is queer. It does offer a Jamaican experience but the narrative style is confuffling.A reader is compelled to figure out where Marlene, the narrator/protagonist gets all her insights. In her experience with Raymond there are so many questions. these questions cause one to wonder the validity of the narrator and the issue of silence being legit as someone seems to be talking too much or speculating too much.Interesting drama though.
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