Buxton Spice (Bluestreak)
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Buxton Spice (Bluestreak)

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Back in print: an extraordinary first novel by'a writer to watch and to enjoy.'*

Told in the voice of a girl as she moves from childhood into adolescence, Buxton Spice is the story the town of Tamarind Grove: its eccentric families, its sweeping joys, and its sudden tragedies. The novel brings to life 1970s Guyana-a world at a cultural and political crossroads-and perfectly...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 15th 2004 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 1998)
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Claire Dawn
Kempadoo does a good job of illustrating 70's Guyana from the point of view of a girl on the cusp of adulthood. She shows us the ridiculous political norms, the enmity between the Blacks and non-Blacks, and the super-charged sexuality of the Caribbean. The dialect is also well written and will call to mind life in the Caribbean for anyone who's ever lived there, but may be difficult to decipher for those who haven't.
There were some really lovely descriptions of the trees and plants and I was impressed by how she described the narrator's experience of going through puberty. However, there was a disturbing amount of sexual violence against women and violence in general that really turned me off of this book.
This book is a coming of age story. Many cultural beliefs that I think are universal for people of color.
very interesting and different.
Dan Piette
young girls in Guyana
Read for class. Not bad.
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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,...more
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