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The Year in San Fernando (Caribbean Writers) Paperback – July 24, 1997

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About the Author

Michael Anthony is from Trinidad. He is the author of many novels, and books about the history of the Caribbean.
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Product Details

  • Series: Caribbean Writers
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (July 24, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043598943X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435989439
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
From start to finish this book is a definite gem, I first read this book in 1978, and loved it then, I have since read this book and given it to friends we all need to have experiences like this.
This is truly the best of Mr. Anthony's work.
A definite read for persons wanting to get into the caribbean childhood experience.
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Format: Paperback
"The Year in San Fernando" is in fact a good book. From beginning to end, it has a solid plot and Michael Anthony does a very good job at giving you a sense of place. Francis' first experiences in a house full of luxuries, with a refined lady such as Mrs. Chandles, the first time on the streets, the wharf and the gulf, and the market of San Fernando are described with a vividness that makes you feel there. I thought it odd that his school experience was not as detailed as it should have been, considering that school plays an important role in children's life, and this was a new school to him, but his school life is also in the story. In addition to Francis' first experiences as a boy away from home in a big city, we are presented with the conflict of the Chandles family, and I really liked the juxtaposition of these two stories developed simultaneously. To be highlighted is Michael Anthony's amazing job at presenting what it means for a child to watch people get old, specially their loved ones, and this was really moving and gave depth to the coming of age plot. "The Year in San Fernando" begins slowly and gets interested in the middle to become very strong at the end, but I have a reason to give this book three stars despite the positive aspects that I've just described.

My problem with this book is the style. I know that Francis is supposed to be narrating the book and he's only 12 years old, but it feels literally like listening to a child narrating a story. This means that it was very monotonous. I guess there should have been more dialogues in order to give the reader a break from all the descriptions. In addition, the use of the word "strange" became also boring.
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By T. Thomas on December 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after reading the classic Green Days by the River. The beginning of the story starts off slow but halfway through the book it picks up the pace. As with all Michael Anthony books, the descriptions make you feel as if you are living the story. A captivating story.
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