Texaco

by Patrick Chamoiseau | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0679751750 Global Overview for this book
Registered by biba89 of Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on 8/7/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Sunday, August 07, 2005
Ik heb toch zó genoten van de "Creoolse kindertijd" van deze schrijver, dat ik het met pijn in mijn hart heb losgelaten. Da's ook niet echt loslaten, dan. Ter compensatie hamster ik nu al zijn andere boeken. Kijken of het net zo poëtisch is.

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In Texaco, Patrick Chamoiseau is not scared of reimagining history in order to illuminate an essential truth about his homeland, Martinique. Through his narrator, Marie-Sophie Laborieux, a daughter of slaves, he chronicles 150 years in the history of Martinique, starting with the birth of Marie-Sophie's beloved father, Esternome, on a sugar plantation sometime in the early 19th century. It ends with her founding Texaco, a shanty town built on the grounds of an old oil refinery on the outskirts of Fort-de-France. What happens in-between is an astounding flight of imagination and language that rivals the works of Salman Rushdie, Ben Okri and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Chamoiseau begins in the present with the arrival of an urban planner, whom the residents of Texaco mistake for Christ. It then spins back in time to the birth of Esternome and the death of his father, who was suspected of witchcraft by a white plantation owner. In myriad short sequences, the novel follows Esternome's progress as he is first freed by his master, then drawn away from the plantation by the lure of St. Pierre--"City" in the minds of the disenfranchised black population of Martinique. He is eventually washed up on the outskirts of Fort-de-France, which becomes "City" after St. Pierre is destroyed by a volcanic eruption. With the birth of Marie-Sophie, Chamoiseau takes the reader into the present century--through two world wars, riots, famine, political turmoil. The tension always simmers between "City," a metaphor for France, and the countryside where black Martinique's collective consciousness resides.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Journal Entry 2 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Tuesday, January 10, 2006
En het was inderdaad heel prachtig. Het verhaal had iets meer inhoud dan ik in zijn andere boeken vond, over de otnwikkeling van een sloppenwijk buiten de stad, op het terrein van een olieraffinaderij, en hoe daar een ontvlambare strijd ontbrandt tussen de plaatselijke bevolking en de blanke beheerders van het terrein, maar daarnaast was zijn taalgebruik weer zó poëtisch en bloemrijk, om van te smullen.

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