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A State Of Independence

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  4 reviews
When Bertram Francis returns to his native St. Kitts after a twenty-year sojourn in England, the mangy, flamboyant island that greets him is astonishingly unchanged. Yet time and the bitternes of his island-bound family and friends have made him a stranger among familiar faces and landsmarks. A State of Independence recounts the first three days of Bertram's inauspicious h ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published April 7th 1995 by Picador (first published 1986)
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Betram Francis returns home to St Kitt's after 20 years, for independence day.

He seems to expect people to be pleased to see him, to make a business using some savings and for some things to have changed. In fact everything and nothing has changed. Over the course of a couple of days he discovers all this and seems, perhaps with the assistance of a good few beers to come to peace with it all and where he's at.
Ruth Vanderhart
Phillips is a wordsmith. This little gem of a novel sparkles with sensory images. It transports the reader to St. Kitts--with all its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It imprints on the reader's mind the islanders' poverty and indomitable spirit on the eve of their independence from Britain.
Incredible read. Characters are richly drawn out and the novel’s insights are tight and sharp.
Interesting slice-of-life in St. Kitts. Nothing really happens, though.
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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
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