Salt

by Earl Lovelace | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0892552263 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Torgin of Mülheim an der Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on 5/28/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by Torgin from Mülheim an der Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
From the book: Set in Trinidad, the story is launched by the mythical tale of Guinea John, an ancestor of Blackpeople, who put two corn cobs under his armpits and flew from a clifftop, away from the scene of his enslavement, back to Africa. His descendants have eaten salt, grown to heavy to fly, and cannot follow him. They are left to wrestle with their future on the island. Now, more than one hundred years after "Emancipation," like all the people who share the island – Asians, Africans, and Europeans – they need to be weaned from old captivities and welcomed into the New World.
Addressing the callenge of this liberating welcome are Alford George, schoolteacher turned politician; Bango Durity, laborer and acitivist; and a swirl of unforgettable men and women – minor characters of major proportions – telling their stories in their own voices; all striving with passion and wit to make sense of their lives in the still-young country where the roles of the enslaved and landowner still linger, but "the sky, the sea, every green leaf and tangle of vines sing freedom."

Journal Entry 2 by Torgin at Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Well, I can see, why this novel won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, but I think Lovelace had put in too much: history, slavery, inter-racial relations, gender aspects, education, religion, ... All of these interesting and important aspects which deserve consideration but I've got the impression that Lovelace rushed through them just for mentioning them. This impression was strengthend by the structure of the novel switching between a couple of narrators switching from a third- to a first-person narrator from one sentence to the next (and I'm still not sure who "I" was in each and every case). In the end the chapters recalling the family histories of some actors lost connection between them a little bit, they just seemed to put in an arbitrary order for the sake of being there. I liked the beginning with Guinea John very much and was a little bit disappointed that Lovelace lost this track later on. So it was interesting, yes, but also a bit fatiguing.

Journal Entry 3 by FraukeRo at Großefehn, Niedersachsen Germany on Sunday, November 22, 2015
Vielen Dank für das Bücherpaket!!!

Journal Entry 4 by FraukeRo at Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Saturday, March 03, 2018
I agree with the previous entry, the book was interesting but covered many different topics that are quite entangled and hard to follow, especially if you are unfamiliar with the environment and history of Trinidad. It was an interesting read into a world unknown to me, but it took me a long time to get through the book, too...

Journal Entry 5 by FraukeRo at Großefehn, Niedersachsen Germany on Friday, December 28, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (12/28/2018 UTC) at Großefehn, Niedersachsen Germany

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Journal Entry 6 by Wichtelkoenigin at Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, January 05, 2019
The book has arrived in Cologne today. Thanks a lot!

Journal Entry 7 by Wichtelkoenigin at Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, February 09, 2019
Finished the book yesterday and liked it a lot. At the beginning, the changing narrators confused me as well but it was also a good way of showing different aspects /POVs. I also liked the language. This way, English finally makes sense.
Living in Cologne, where Carnival is a big thing, it was interesting to read about the unifying role it played in Trinidad and Tobago and, of course, about the controversies centering around it.
More generally, the book tells the history of slavery and its abolition in the Caribbean and explains the lingering effects it had for generations after it ended. Also, it asks the question of why it was the slave owners who were compensated for their loss after abolition and not their victims.

Für die 1 Jahr = 1 Land - Challenge gelesen.



Journal Entry 8 by Wichtelkoenigin at Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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The book is on its way to Berlin now. Have a nice journey.

Journal Entry 9 by wingsedna5213wing at Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany on Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Thanks a lot for the book Wichtelkoenigin! Looking forward to reading it.
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An interesting read for sure, which covered different times and views. However, it found it a little difficult to follow at times.

Journal Entry 10 by wingsedna5213wing at Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Released 1 mo ago (6/30/2020 UTC) at Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany

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The book is on its way to the winner of the "Authors from unusual countries" sweepstake. Congratulations & enjoy!

Journal Entry 11 by wingschwesterwing at Wien Bezirk 03 - Landstraße, Wien Austria on Sunday, July 12, 2020
Thank you!!! I just came back from a week in the mountains and a mountain of books was waiting for me. I'm looking forward to these books a lot, what a great sweeps!

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