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A Morning at the Office by Edgar Mittelholzer
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This is one of the most fascinating books that I have ever read in my life. Its plot is as simple as it gets, but told in a very clever way. This book is a character study, which takes place one morning in an office in Port of Spain.

Edgar Mittelholzer analyzes and intertwines the lives of these fourteen characters of different social and cultural background. Their hopes, dreams and frustrations, along with their virtues, vices and prejudices, are examined in a way that it is always interesting even though these characters are nothing but ordinary people. There is even a gay character respectufully portrayed without ever using the word gay or homosexual.

At one point, Edgar Mittelholzer himself is in the book, with a different name of course, explaining and justifying the approach he uses to write books, which, in the end, is the same one he employed in this very book.

All in all, a clever book for those interested in life in Trinidad under British rule. Another interesting read about island life, set in Barbados this time, is Mittelholzer's "Of Trees and the Sea", although this title is still out of print. I am glad that Peepal Tree Press is releasing these long out of print novels by this excellent guyanese writer. Hopefully, it will reissue more of his titles.
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