Carnival: A Novel

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Robert Antoni has established himself as one of the most innovative voices to emerge from the Caribbean and the Americas. His ambitious third novel, Carnival, takes us on an expedition that stretches from contemporary New York City to the glitter of Trinidadian Carnival, and deep into the island's mountainous interior. Narrator William Fletcher is an aspiring novelist who has come to New York to escape his affluent West Indian roots. A chance meeting in a Greenwich Village bar reunites him with two of his childhood companions: Laurence and the vivacious and stunning Rachel, William's first love. Together, the three make a liquor-soaked pledge to return "home" to Trinidad for Carnival. The festival starts with passion and pleasure, but the Carnival ecstasy slides into a fog of ganja, alcohol, and the endless calypso beat. As William, Rachel, and Laurence journey to a remote area of the rainforest to "cool down" after the festival, the three hope for a secret paradise, hidden "behind God's back," to begin anew. But even here the demons of history, prejudice, and hatred violently intrude, as the novel's startling conclusion forces them to face both the power-and impotence-of human resilience and human love.
 

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CARNIVAL

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Antoni (My Grandmother's Erotic Folktales, 2001, etc.) turns a Hemingway classic of early-20th-century angst into a less-than-classic tale of Caribbean aimlessness.Granted, aimlessness was also ... Read full review

Carnival: [a novel]

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A reworking of The Sun Also Rises , Ernest Hemingway's classic novel of the post-World War I lost generation, this third novel by the author of the award-winning Divina Trace moves from modern-day New ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
12
Section 4
26
Section 5
36
Section 6
47
Section 7
58
Section 8
64
Section 25
168
Section 26
172
Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
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Section 44
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Section 45
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Section 46
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About the author (2007)

Robert Antoni’s first novel, Divina Trace, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best New Book and is recognized as a landmark in Caribbean literature. He is also the author of the novel Blessed is the Fruit and the acclaimed story collection My Grandmother’s Exotic Folktales. Antoni holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and divides his time between New York City, the Caribbean, and Barcelona.

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