105th out of 116 books — 33 voters
The Hangman's Game
When ayoung Guyanese woman sets out to write a historical novel based on the Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823, she is beset by questions about her own African roots. To free her writer's block, she travels to Nigeria to experience her origins first-hand, and she soon finds herself brutally plunged into a world where the distinctions between her life and her fiction are blu...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Peepal Tree Press Ltd.
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It's times like this when I wish I had turned my attention to studying literature rather than history, although history plays a pivotal role in this novel. Indeed, the novel might be characterized in part as a dialogue with history, but there is also so much in here in terms of the art of writing that I'm sure I missed, and as I've noted, I'm neither a lit major nor an English major, so I'll leave it to someone much more skilled in that area to decipher and analyze the symbolism and thematic con...more