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The European Tribe

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In this richly descriptive and haunting narrative, Caryl Phillips chronicles a journey through modern-day Europe, his quest guided by a moral compass rather than a map.Seeking personal definition within the parameters of growing up black in Europe, he discovers that the natural loneliness and confusion inherent in long jorneys collides with the bigotry of the "European Tri...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 2nd 2000 by Vintage (first published May 1st 1987)
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Fiona
Interesting perspective which I'm not sure I totally bought into when I read it but it contains ideas which were quite radical at the time.
Kristin Chong
Caryl Phillips wonderfully writes about his travels across Europe, often in the darkest parts, with emotional depth and historical knowledge. A must read for those who are into the otherness literature.
Mira
This is already good and only a few pages in.
Hilde Van
A must for white Europeans; probably not easy for those not aware of our ethnocentrism.
Lily
It got better in the last ten or so pages, but still didn't really *get* it...
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Caryl Phillips was born in St.Kitts and came to Britain at the age of four months. He grew up in Leeds, and studied English Literature at Oxford University.

He began writing for the theatre and his plays include Strange Fruit (1980), Where There is Darkness (1982) and The Shelter (1983). He won the BBC Giles Cooper Award for Best Radio Play of the year with The Wasted Years (1984). He has written...more
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