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A Harlot's Progress By David Dabydeen,

  • Title: A Harlot's Progress
  • Author: David Dabydeen
  • ISBN: 9780099288725
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Paperback
  • A HARLOT S PROGRESS reinvents William Hogarth s famous painting of 1732 which tells the story of a whore, a Jewish merchant, a magistrate and a quack doctor bound together by sexual and financial greed Dabydeen s novel endows Hogarth s characters with alternative potential lives, redeeming them for their cliched status as predators or victims The protagonist in HogarthA HARLOT S PROGRESS reinvents William Hogarth s famous painting of 1732 which tells the story of a whore, a Jewish merchant, a magistrate and a quack doctor bound together by sexual and financial greed Dabydeen s novel endows Hogarth s characters with alternative potential lives, redeeming them for their cliched status as predators or victims The protagonist in Hogarth, a black slave boy, in Dabydeen, London s oldest black inhabitant is forced to tell his story to the Abolitionists in return for their charity He refuses however to supply parade of grievances, and to give a simplistic account of beatings, sexual abuses, etc He will not embark upon yet another fictional journey into the dark nature of slavery for the voyeuristic delight of the English reader Instead, the old man ties the reader up in knots as deftly as a harlot her client he spins a tale of myths, half truths and fantasies recreating Africa and eighteenth century London in startlingly poetic ways What matters to him is the odyssey into poetry, the rich texture of his narrative, not its truthfulness In this, his fourth novel, David Dabydeen opens up history to myriad imaginary interpretations, repopulating a vanished world with a strange, defiantly vivid and compassionate humanity.
    A Harlot s Progress A HARLOT S PROGRESS reinvents William Hogarth s famous painting of which tells the story of a whore a Jewish merchant a magistrate and a quack doctor bound together by sexual and financial gree

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    1. David Dabydeen is a Guyanese novelist who is not as well known as he should be He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature the second West Indian writer to be a member the first being V S Naipaul and has won numerous awards for his poetry and novels He is currently the Guyanese ambassador to China This novel takes its starting point from Hogarth s series of portraits named A Harlot s Progress 1732 In the second print there is a black slave boy and Dabydeen takes the slave boy and weaves a [...]

    2. This novel is certainly not an easy read and it is not a pleasure read but that is exactly the point In many ways, this is a novel about different forms of storytelling, and Dabydeen plays with the genre of the traditional slave narrative for example Equiano s autobiography as well as with techniques of intermediality when he uses the series of Hogarth s paintings as the foundation for his novel At the same time, it is a novel about abuse, power relations and the struggle to assert one s identit [...]

    3. Dabydeen is a beautiful writer but this book made me want to retch every other page I don t mind hard to read material, but the outright disgusting portions of this story seemed repetitive, excessive and, in many places unnecessary Plus, I wish he would have just gotten to the point instead of telling the stories of all these secondary and tertiary characters.

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