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Tide Running: A Novel

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  4 reviews
A striking and sensuous novel set in the contemporary Caribbean, by one of fiction's bright new stars

On the island of Tobago, Cliff, a young man from the poor town of Plymouth, watches the arrival of a foreign couple and their child to a luxurious house overlooking the ocean. The couple invites Cliff into their home and lives, and a relationship develops that tests sexual
ebook, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published May 25th 2001)
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Tanya Patrice
It took a while for this book to sort of get to the point. The first few chapters is just descriptions, and so I put it down. Once I picked it up again, I enjoyed seeing how the story progressed - but after about the middle, it didn't seem like the story was going anywhere. And that's where I think this book fails. It's also difficult to read if you don't understand the dialect.
Roger DeBlanck
Even though this novel is a challenge due primarily to the tough Caribbean dialect that dominates the narrative voice, the story possesses a raw beauty while addressing harsh truths about society and class. The central plot involves love, lust, and trust stretched to their limits. The story begins with lavish descriptions of Tobago and the sea. We meet Cliff Dunstan and his close-knit family struggling daily to get by in one of Plymouth’s rougher neighborhoods. In particular, Cliff’s mother and ...more
In some ways, I really enjoyed this book--particularly the evocative setting. But the dialect and prose interfered with my understanding of the plot and characters, and that was frustrating. I probably read it too fast.
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Oonya Kempadoo is a writer who was born in Sussex, England in 1966 of Guyanese parents. She was brought up in Guyana and has since lived in Europe and various islands in the Caribbean.

Her first novel, Buxton Spice, was published to great acclaim in 1998, and was nominated for the 2000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second book, Tide Running (Picador, 2001), set in Plymouth, Tobago,
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