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The Final Passage

The Final Passage From the British West Indian novelist who is rapidly emerging as the bard of the African diaspora comes a haunting work about the final passage the exodus of black West Indians from their impoverished

  • Title: The Final Passage
  • Author: Caryl Phillips
  • ISBN: 9780679759317
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the British West Indian novelist who is rapidly emerging as the bard of the African diaspora comes a haunting work about the final passage the exodus of black West Indians from their impoverished islands to the uncertain opportunities of England In her village of St Patrick s, Leila Preston has no prospects, a young son, and a husband, Michael, who seems to prefer tFrom the British West Indian novelist who is rapidly emerging as the bard of the African diaspora comes a haunting work about the final passage the exodus of black West Indians from their impoverished islands to the uncertain opportunities of England In her village of St Patrick s, Leila Preston has no prospects, a young son, and a husband, Michael, who seems to prefer the company of his mistress So when her ailing mother travels to England for medical care, Leila decides to follow her As Caryl Phillips follows the Prestons outward voyage and their bewildered attempt to find a home in a country whose rooming houses post signs announcing No vacancies for coloureds he produces a tragicomic portrait of hope and dislocation The Final Passage is a novel rich in language, acute in its grasp of character, and unforgettable in its vision of the colonial legacy Like Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Phillips writes of times so heady and chaotic and of characters so compelling that time moves as if guided by the moon and dreams Los Angeles Times Book Review

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    1. The year is 1958 in The Carribean and Leila and Michael decide to migrate to England - "The dreamland". They decide to migrate in order to solve their problems. Leila's problems are that her marriage to Michael is over before it even started and that maybe, just maybe England will change Michael for the better and he will be the husband that she dreams of. Leila likes the confidence and arrogance that Michael has. Somehow his "bad boy" persona is so unlike her quiet nature and that attracts her [...]

    2. [#33 Saint Kitts and Nevis (West Indies)] This is the story of Leila, a young woman emigrating from a little Caribbean island to England with her child and her poor excuse for a husband. The first part of the book is about the life on the island and the reasons she decided to leave her home. In the second part she's trying to adapt to her life in London. The story is beautifully written, and getting Leila's point of view was very interesting. It is also depressing, as she learns that poverty may [...]

    3. Portræt af en ung kvinde på St. Kitts i slutningen af 1950’erne og af den kuldslåede drøm om England blandt sorte, vestindiske emigranter. Ikke en dårlig bog, men heller ikke egentligt medrivende.Læs hele anmeldelsen her: bognoter/…/02/12/caryl-phil

    4. I would like to make it clear that I thought this book was well written. I enjoyed the imagery as well as Phillips' narrative style. I also enjoyed Bradeth and Millie and was sad that I did not get to spend more time with them. I gave this book two stars only because it left me feeling depressed. While I sympathized with Leila's situation (distant mother, absent husband, foreign land) I could not help but wish she would have tried a little more to stand up for herself. Granted, this is set in th [...]

    5. [Around the World challenge: Saint Kitts and Nevis (West Indies)] This is the story of Leila, a young woman emigrating from a little Caribbean island to England with her child and her poor excuse for a husband. The first part of the book is about the life on the island and the reasons she decided to leave her home. In the second part she's trying to adapt to her life in London. The story is beautifully written, and getting Leila's point of view was very interesting. It is also depressing, as she [...]

    6. I should have read this in uni, but was too lazy. It was a good book, a bit overwritten in places which does put me against it. All the characters have in some way either gone through already, or are taking their own final passages, and it shows British racism at its most ugly. It actually made me a bit upset. I don't mind admitting that. Weirdly I had a break from it around page 100 to watch that recent film about Dalton Tumbro who was blacklisted for 'unAmerican' sympathies. I can't seem to ge [...]

    7. Phillips does a great job capturing the dashed hopes and powerlessness felt by the main characters as they leave their impoverished island home and journey to England in search of a better life. The grass is not always greener and poverty in a place you know may be easier to endure.

    8. Phillips made great use of imagery to describe the places (islands, England) in the book, and seamlessly included flashbacks as the story progresses. I could deeply empathize with the characters through their journey in his writing, although the story line is somewhat too simplistic for my liking.

    9. This was the first novel so far in my 20th Century Brit Lit course which I've really enjoyed. It's beautifully, yet sadly, written. I have to write a paper on it now, otherwise I'd add more to the review!

    10. I really don't like Phillips' writing style in general, but he has an amazing way of describing scenery. I felt the heat of the island and the isolation of London. I did not like any of the characters, except for the minor ones, but still. This was for English.

    11. Very well-written, but just so bleak. I kept wanting to shake several of the characters, they are just so human, so completely flawed.

    12. I discover myself to be in a minority who find this book loathsome: unconvincing characters, undeveloped motives, half-hearted attempts at stream-of-consciousness, sloppy metaphors.

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