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A Perfect Pledge
A Perfect Pledge is at once a beautifully detailed novel about family life, a lively and abundant portrait of Trinidadian society and an ambitious, universal story of striving and strife. Following four decades of tumult – both national and domestic – this third novel by acclaimed author Rabindranath Maharaj is both deeply perceptive and strikingly unsentimental; it is ful ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Vintage Canada
(first published 2005)
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Maharaj paints a picture of the East Indian community in Trinidad, one not done as minutely and as colourful since V.S. Naipaul. His book is a social commentary on Trinidad, Hindus, Hinduism and East Indians, almost everyone of whom is being buried in a quicksand of their own making. His main character, Narpat, is a man of many contradictions, someone bordering in paranoia and obsessive compulsion. A book that should be digested slowly to take in its multifaceted approach to rural East Indian li ...more
This book probably struck me as more meaningful than it did to some other readers because of the fact that a side of my family comes from the island (although to my knowledge the author is not a direct relative of mine) and I could easily place family into the story. For me the book was emotional, powerful, painful and enlightening. At tines it was hard to read because it hit so many personal notes and the end brought and ache to my heart. Without the personal connections in sure I would not hav ...more
Thinking that it would be easy to review this book, boy was I ever so wrong. Although the title slips my mind much to often, the plot and characters are unforgettable. I should say it took longer then needed to finish this book. I can't find the correct words to really explain what this book meant to me. I don't know it was plain amazing.
Rabindranath Maharaj was born in the fifties in South Trinidad. He received a B.A., M.A. and Diploma in Education from the University of the West Indies, Saint Augustine. In Trinidad he worked as a teacher and as a columnist for the Trinidad Guardian. In the early 1990s Maharaj moved to Canada and in 1993 he completed a second M.A. at the University of New Brunswick. Since 1994 he has been living ...moreMore about Rabindranath Maharaj...