Rhythm & Revolt - Tales of the Antilles

by Editor: Marcela Breton | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1579997848 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Tinkaday of Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany on 4/24/2006
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Tinkaday from Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany on Monday, April 24, 2006
a collection of short stories:

From Publishers Weekly
Colombian-born jazz and literary critic Breton has compiled 25 short stories representing the best in Caribbean fiction from the 1920s to the present. Here are Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott and the renowned authors Ana Lydia Vega, Jamaica Kincaid, Jean Rhys, V.S. Naipaul, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Reinaldo Arenas and others both famous and not so. With unflinching honesty, this anthology illustrates the region's duality. The chaos born of poverty and revolution?and the moral chaos that accompanies it?is played out in Lino Novas Calvo's "The Cow on the Rooftop," in which a mother kills her own son rather than let him take away her only source of food. To the boy's father, she writes, "I think we all have a cork in our soul to prevent us from sinking, especially if we are Cuban." But there is also great beauty and passion entwined with the land itself and reflected in the region's mythology, music and tradition?or, as in Rene Depestre's gorgeous "Hallelujah for a Woman-Garden," the beauty of the woman and the land are one. Ultimately, what makes this anthology most compelling is the evidence of individual resources that enable characters to escape the hostility of an external landscape while retaining the beauty of an internal one.
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Journal Entry 2 by Tinkaday from Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany on Friday, July 14, 2006
I'll be sending this book to sheepseeker, winner of my MBA graduation RABCK drawing, in a couple of weeks, when I get to Germany.

Journal Entry 3 by Sheepseeker from Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Vielen, vielen Dank nochmal, Tinkaday! I'm looking forward to reading it, afterwards I'll send it on as a bookring or -ray.



I'm still reading but there are already a few BCer, who'd like to take part in the bookray...

List, subject to change:

hobbit (intern. shipping)
Katyan (pref. shipping Europe)
Piggeldy (pref. shipping Europe)

Economy/Surface mail is absolutely sufficient! Don't worry about it...

Journal Entry 4 by Sheepseeker from Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, August 26, 2006
I really liked this collection of short stories - some were better than other but all in all very good. This book really helped me to get on with the Olympic Challenge.

I read all of the stories but here's what I'll count for the challenge:

For Cuba: Guillermo Cabrera Infante - At the Great Ecbo
for Antigua: Jamaica Kincaid - A Walk to the Jetty
for Dominica: Jean Rhys - Pioneers, oh Pioneers
for Dominican Republic: Juan Bosch - The beautiful soul of Don Damian
fot Suriname: Thea Doelwijt - In Foreign Parts
for Trinidad and Tobago: Seepersad Naipaul - The Gratuity

I might swap these short stories for 'real' books, once I find them, but for now I'll let them count...

Thanks again for the book, tinkaday! I'll send it out again as a bookray...

Journal Entry 5 by hobbit from Poughkeepsie, New York USA on Wednesday, September 06, 2006
I received this book in the mail yesterday, and am looking forward to it. I'm almost done with the book I'm reading and I have no other rings or rays waiting to be read, so this is great timing.

I've read some of the authors included in this anthology (Edwidge Danticat, VS Naipaul, Jamaica Kincaid) and enjoyed them so, hopefully, that's a good sign. Thanks for sharing this book with me!

Journal Entry 6 by hobbit from Poughkeepsie, New York USA on Thursday, September 28, 2006
I found the stories in this collection quite variable for my taste - some I liked quite well but many left me uninterested or unsatisfied. The Cow on the Rooftop, mentioned in a previous journal entry, was one of my favorites. And I definitely enjoyed the chance to read these tales from the sunny and exotic (to me, anyway) Carribean. Thanks for sharing, Sheepseeker!

I read the whole thing and I will be counting toward the Olympic Challenge the stories from Suriname and Dominica, as I've read writings from the other countries represented.

I just came from the Post Office where I sent this on to katyan.

Journal Entry 7 by katyan from Detroit, Michigan USA on Thursday, November 09, 2006
This book arrived to Finland today! Thank you for sharing it! I'm looking forward of reading it soon!

Journal Entry 8 by katyan from Detroit, Michigan USA on Monday, December 04, 2006
Mmm...I found the stories of this book quite variable to my taste too, some of them vere really nice whereas some of them I didn't find very interesting. One of my favourites was the story of the flying turtle :)
But, once again, it was really nice to get to know the different cultures by reading this book, I really love the Olympic Challenge! :) Thank you for sharing this book!
I'll count this book for some countries in the challenge: Puerto Rico, Dominica, Antiqua & Dominican Republic.

Journal Entry 9 by winglunatumwing from Savukoski, Lappi / Lappland Finland on Thursday, December 21, 2006
This book arrived two days ago.

Journal Entry 10 by winglunatumwing from Savukoski, Lappi / Lappland Finland on Tuesday, January 23, 2007
This is second bc-book that I've started but not finished. I read half of the short stories, but readin was somehow difficult. Some of the stories I enjoyed. Next this book will travell to Germany.

Journal Entry 11 by Piggeldy from Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Sunday, February 04, 2007
The book arrived here safely. I haven't read much for the Olympic Challenge the last weeks, so I hope to cover some countries with these stories ;-)

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