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I was drawn to this by my love for Shakespeare, as Lamming weaves into his professional memoir a classist and colonial interpretation of The Tempest. Also, reading autobiographical material from Colin Powell and Malcolm Gladwell made me interested in the West Indian experience. Lamming's jumble of recollections is poetic and strives to be honest and psychologically accurate as an interpretative over descriptive recollection. I found it eminently readable and enlightening.
George Lamming was born in the Caribbean island of Barbados on June 8, 1927. He attended The Combermere School which has produced other Barbadian literary icons including Frank Collymore and Austin Clarke. He left that island for Trinidad in 1946, teaching school until 1950. He then emigrated to England where, for a short time, he worked in a factory. In 1951 he became a broadcaster for the BBC Co ...moreMore about George Lamming...