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Soucouyant by David Chariandy
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Nov 13, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: abandonment, anti-war, canadian, disturbing, family, historical-fiction, mental-illness, wwii, folklore

Comprised of folklore, tragedy, racism, willful determination and eventually, Alzheimer’s disease, Soucouyant is the haunting tale of one man’s journey back to his ailing mother, and what he learns about himself and his roots along the way. Set in the Scarborough Bluffs, a beautiful suburb of Toronto, as contrasted by the ramshackle slums of Trinidad during WWII, the descriptions are breathtaking and shocking. More than just a novel, Soucouyant reads like poetry, and is magical in its style.
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