No Pain Like This Body

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House of Anansi, 2003 - Fiction - 129 pages
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First published by Anansi in 1972, No Pain Like This Body remains a classic of Canadian and Caribbean writing. Set in a turn-of-the-century Hindu community in the Eastern Caribbean, the novel describes the perilous existence of a poor rice-growing family during the August rainy season. Their struggles to cope with illness, a drunken and unpredictable father, and the violence of the elements end in unbearable loss. Through vivid, vertiginous prose, and with brilliant economy and originality, Ladoo creates a fearful world of violation and grief, in the face of which even the most despairing efforts to endure stand out as acts of raw courage.

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With a style that's something like a cross of Gertrude Stein's "Melenctha" paired with Caribbean poets like Grace Nichols and E.K. Braithwaite, this is a volume of surprising pain and poetry. There's ... Read full review

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Harold Sonny Ladoo was born and grew up in Trinidad. Like many writers of his generation, he went abroad, emigrating to Canada in 1968, where he publishedNo Pain Like This Body. Shortly afterwards, in 1973, Ladoo died an untimely and violent death on a visit home to Calcutta Settlement, Trinidad. He was 28. Ladoo's novelYesterdaysappeared posthumously in 1974.

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