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  • Title: Swinging Bridge
  • Author: Ramabai Espinet
  • ISBN: 9780006485957
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mona, a film researcher rooted in Montreal, vividly remembers that night in Trinidad when her father, Da Da, in a drunken rage, threatened to kill her nine year old brother, Kello Years later, a terminally ill Kello asks Mona to revisit their native island and reclaim the property that their family had left behind As Mona returns to the Caribbean to confront her family sMona, a film researcher rooted in Montreal, vividly remembers that night in Trinidad when her father, Da Da, in a drunken rage, threatened to kill her nine year old brother, Kello Years later, a terminally ill Kello asks Mona to revisit their native island and reclaim the property that their family had left behind As Mona returns to the Caribbean to confront her family s turbulent past, the reader travels back in time to nineteenth century India, to British Trinidad, where her ancestors lived as indentured workers in the cane fields, and finally to urban North America.Steeped in the lyrical rhythms of Caribbean life, this exquisite, richly layered novel explores the immigrant experience with compassion and humour It is a moving story of race and displacement, of love and betrayal, of endings and beginnings a swinging bridge of the universal search for self.Praise forThe Swinging Bridge Beautiful, luminous and an utter pleasure to read A writer as necessary as Ramabai Espinet should be treasured by us for her unique voice and the unique world she shares with us Jamaica Kincaid The Swinging Bridge is a sweeping story of rich heritage a blend of Indian and Caribbean sounds, scents and celebrations NOW Magazine An extraordinary achievement in the exercise of remembering Highly charged with moral intent George Lamming
    Swinging Bridge Mona a film researcher rooted in Montreal vividly remembers that night in Trinidad when her father Da Da in a drunken rage threatened to kill her nine year old brother Kello Years later a termi

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    1. The book opens with a young woman in Canada dealing with a family crisis which leads her to reflect on her past and her heritage The family is of East Indian decent but they lived and grew up in Trinidad A very interesting exploration of being a minority in a Caribbean culture Also the main character expresses her anger at the racism the family finds when the move to Canada a bit of a shock to a Canadian like me but a good wake up call.

    2. I enjoyed reading about a different family, and their unique culture I m sure I knew before that there were Indian descendants living in the Carribbean, but had not really learned much about their history This book opened up their world to me, and the unique challenges they face.

    3. The weaving together of Trinidadian culture and the life of a Trini Canadian immigrant living in Montreal is skilful and evocative This is a moving glimpse into the heart of the reluctant expatriate.

    4. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this wonderful book The fusion of worlds and cultures are thoughtfully crafted and explored Immensely moving story A must read.

    5. I just couldn t get into this bookI have decided to start a shelf for these books, just in case, a different time and place may change my opinion has happened before in the past

    6. This book is an interesting document of Indian Trinidadian culture Espinet s writing is crystalline I never really got hooked by the story or by Mona, though.

    7. First things first , I didn t know about Indo Trinidadian diaspora Secondly , this book talks about migration and a lot of emphasis is given on a women s journey in migration It became a very depressing story at some point of time I cannot fathom that these incidents did happen in the past I loved this book as it s a very informative one.

    8. The novel covered many aspects of the Indo Trinidadian s life It did focus heavily on Indo Trinidadian women in particular I see the significance of the novel and what it represented for Indo Trinidadian women My favourite part of this novel was Part 3 Caroni Dub I actually felt a connection with this part and it held my attention, unlike parts 1 and 2 I really enjoyed finding out about Gainder and Grandma Lily I enjoyed reading about the past much than the present but I liked how it was tied [...]

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