No Pain Like This Body
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