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Cathedral of the August Heat

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1987 by Readers International (first published 1978)
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This is a Haitian novel, originally in French but translated into Creole-like West Indian English, from the late 1970s. I understand it’s written about contemporary Haiti but mirroring on the slave uprising and ultimately first free slave republic. There is not a huge amount of story but appears to span several years centred on bus owner John and his young son Raphael. They transport people around the shanty town nearby are the sugar plantation shed owned by the corporation. The locals are of co ...more
Purple Iris
This book is widely recognized as a classic, but I was not overly impressed. There were some very beautiful parts and I could certainly see why it is so highly regarded, but I didn't love it. This new edition did not help. There were so many mistakes, it made it hard to read. Missing or misspelled words, letters smooshed together, repeated phrases, bad typesetting... I think it's great they decided to re-edit this book, I just wish they had done it well. Maybe I'll read this is in another editio ...more
This book absolutely tops my list of "hot" books, just above Under the Volcano and One Hundred Years of Solitude. Heat is a character in Clitandre's novel of Haiti, and it blankets the impressionistic episodes and eras of the island. Beyond the heat, though, the novel is a perfect peoples' history of a singular nation, complete despite its length. Read it.
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