The Schoolmaster

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Heinemann, 1997 - Teachers - 187 pages
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Earl Lovelace's Trinidadian novel tells the story of an isolated rural community coming into contact with the woder world. The villagers learn, only too cruelly, that progress can mean the destruction of cherished values.

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I had to study this novel for the then CXC examination. This book was very well written, especially the literary devices used to illustrate the story. The themes were very interesting and well put together. Mr. Lovelace is one of my favourite authors. With each line, paragraph, page I read I could have created the images of the story, in my mind. I love this book. Thumbs up. 

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The villagers of kumaca,Don't know what will hit them. But also the foreshadow of the rain in the fete. The mens already start to noticed that something bad will happen. The reaching of the School master changed everything in kumaca with the new building of the road to valencia. What all of that happening in the kumaca. The schoolmaster start to have interest in Christania, the daughter of Pauline Dandrade. Christania becomes his new assistant in the school, she goes over to the house of the school master for private lesson. Pedro the son of francis assivero is interested in Christania, so He writes a letter to pauline danrade for the hand of christania. Christania accept to marry pedro, one Night it was raining christania went for her private lessons, and there is happen, The school master made her his for the night, It was not of her well-but she didn't scream? why didn't she scream? she didn't wanted to tell pedro and her father what happen, she was scared they will kill the school master and kumaca will change,She starts to have illusion of seeing her mother, in the pond in forest,....
........ The villagers start to look for christania!, Francis found her in the forest drown by the pond in the forest,
The villagers found out that the school master rape her, and they put a end to them school master
Kumaca isn't the same anymore. With what happen to christania, poor pedro was left heartbroken.

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About the author (1997)

EARL LOVELACE was born in Toco, Trinidad in 1935, and spent his childhood in Tobago and Port of Spain. His first job was as a proof reader with the Trinidad Publishing Company, and he later joined the Civil Service, serving first in the Forestry Department and then in the Department of Agriculture.His first novel, While Gods Are Falling, won him the BP Independence Literary Award which enabled him to study in the United States as visiting novelist at Howard University, Washington. It was followed by The Schoolmaster, a novel which drew on his experiences of rural Trinidad. The promise evident in these novels of the sixties was fulfilled in The Dragon Can't Dance, and The Wine of Astonishment which, West Africa magazine argued, 'put him in the front rank of Caribbean writers'. It was followed by a collection of plays, Festina's Calypso, which was published in 1984.

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