Words well up like whispered confidences in this very personal story of a young man and his family relationships. Each tributary of the connections is explored and given life that allows us to view the meanderings and muddy waters. Beautifully detailed it parallels the folklore tradition that is mirrored in the title.
This book is gripping in all the best ways. It pulled me in emotionally, intellectually and physically. It felt like I was in a 3D book experience, as if I could almost reach out and touch the surroundings described. A great read.
For his first novel, David Chariandy handles a surprisingly complex story in an assured and compelling fashion. In the story of a young man returning to his home in Scarborough (Toronto) to care for his Trinidadian mother as she struggles with early onset dementia, Chariandy skilfully blends past and present, choreographs multiple plotlines and assembles a believable cast of vivid, diverse, intriguing and sympathetic characters.
Chariandy intertwines the themes of remembering and forgetting in a way that is haunting and fascinating. The flashbacks to Trinidad prompt me to seek out more about this country. This book is an immensely satisfying read on many levels. I look forward to what David Chariandy will do next.
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