The Caribbean 101

The Caribbean 101: Everything Caribbean, from literary fiction to the formal academic jargon. Includes authors FROM the Caribbean, writing ABOUT the Caribbean and so on.
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message 7: by Jim (new)

Jim Somebody has loaded this list up with stuff that's not set anywhere near the Caribbean, like Naipaul's Bend of the River (Africa), Motorcycle Diaries (South America), and so on. Or is the fact that the author is from the Caribbean the main determinant?


message 6: by Claire (new)

Claire That he's from the Caribbean. These books are all set ABOUT or BY Caribbean authors.


message 5: by Jim (new)

Jim Che Guevara is from Argentina.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yes, but "Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolution" would seem from the title to be about Cuba.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Susanna wrote: "Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolution" would seem from the title to be about Cuba."

Indeed it is. Che Guevara was Fidel Castro's loyal sidekick, for a summary of his role in the Cuban revolution see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che_Guev... . "Reminiscences" is his personal take on that time. "Motorcycle Diaries," though essentially set in South America, provides part of the background and ends with Che going off to Miami. (Ash: If that's too tenuous a connection, I'll happily remove the book of course.)


message 2: by Claire (new)

Claire Themis-Athena wrote: "Susanna wrote: "Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolution" would seem from the title to be about Cuba."

Indeed it is. Che Guevara was Fidel Castro's loyal sidekick, for a summary of his role in the C..."


I think this debate is a perfect example of what the Caribbean really is, a contested, ever changing place. Many Caribbeans find the writing of Che as part of who they are, many would not. Land, cultures and languages are always being contested. Is Suriname part of the Caribbean though they are on the SA coast? Or Belieze in Central America?

This "Caribbean" 101 I think, is open to everything about or by Caribbeans, that have influenced them. The region is more than english-french-spanish speaking (post)colonial nations. It has a wide variety of people, more than African (So many think all we have are Afro-Caribbeans, not so!), White, Asian, Indian and so on.


message 1: by Julie (new)

Julie Added Jonestown books set in Guyana, which is one of the few Caribbean countries that is not an island in the West Indies.


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