- Publisher: Three Continents Books; Lynne Rienner Publishers (1997)
- ASIN: B003M2TP86
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,582,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Black Shack Alley -- Translated by Keith Q. Warner Paperback – 1997
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Black Shack Alley is broken up into three parts that showcase the progression of Jose as he grows up. The setting of the story takes place sometime in between the world wars and is also set in post slavery times where Martinique was still currently a colony of France at that time. Although slavery was abolished by this time, many of the descendants of the free slaves were still working for the békés (French colonial settlers) in sugar cane fields. The book goes through the struggles of living as a poor black person in Martinique and Zobel shows a good representation of this in the way people dressed and how they went about living life.
In reading this book it is important to have a little background about the racial and social classes that existed inside of Martinique during this time. The plantations in Martinique played an important role in determining social classes in these communities.Read more ›