In the Castle of My Skin

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University of Michigan Press, 1970 - Fiction - 303 pages
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George Lamming's "In the Castle of My Skin" skilfully depicts the Barbadian psyche. Set against the backdrop of the 1930s riots which helped to pave the way for Independence and the modern Barbados, through the eyes of a young boy, Lamming portrays the social, racial, political and urban struggles with which Barbados continues to grapple even with some thirty-three years of Political Independence from Britain.
 

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Reading this book made me realise how much has changed, both in literature and society, in the half century since it was written. First of all, the writing struck me as extremely old-fashioned. For ... Read full review

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Mr. George Lamming does a wonderful job at portraying his and others early youth, and he does it in a way that uses coloquial language, which is difficult in a historical sense. I have read other works that use coloquial language in a historical sense, and "In The Castle of My Skin" Mr. Lamming uses this technique in a way that is to be applauded. This work of labor was suggested by an article that I read, and I am grateful that I did not miss this article, as this work is worthy of keeping.  

Contents

Foreword
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Introduction
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IN THE CASTLE OF MY SKIN
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1O
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Copyright

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About the author (1970)

Born in Carrington Village, Barbados, Lamming taught in Trinidad and Venezuela before going to England in 1950. In England, he worked in a factory and also hosted a book program for the BBC West Indian Service while pursuing his writing. Lamming's works are a panorama of West Indian history with a strong sense of nationalism. In the Castle of My Skin (1953) is at least partially autobiographical in its presentation of the protagonist's growing sense of individuality and his consequent estrangement from the village and folk community. The subsequent exile of this protagonist is told in The Emigrants (1954), his return is the focus in Of Age and Innocence (1958), and the reclamation of his heritage is the major theme in Season of Adventure (1960). His novels focus on the social and economic changes taking place in the Caribbean, and he uses his protagonists as mouthpieces for his own ideas.

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