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« On peut lire Ti Jean L"horizon comme une aventure extraordinaire, un conte d"amour, une histoire de sorcellerie, un ouvrage de science-fiction où la Bête jouerait le rôle de machine à remonter le temps ; mais c"est aussi une quête de l"identité, un voyage que j"aurais fait au bout de ma nuit antillaise, pour tenter de l"exorciser. Comme mon héros, j"aimerais dire que je ...more
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Published May 1st 1992 by Heinemann Educational Books (first published 1979)
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Daniel Polansky
A magical-realist high fantasy, some peculiar amalgamation of the Odyssey, Thousand Years of Solitude and The Palm Wine Drunkard, in which our heroic Guadeloupean protagonist, possessed of a courageous heart, a magic rifle, and a golden penis (seriously) quests to defeat a beast which has swallowed the sun and also represents the legacy of slavery, journeying through colonial Africa and the land of the dead en route to his destiny. This description doesn’t really do justice to just how peculiar ...more
Natalie Petchnikow
On peut lire Ti jean L' horizon comme une aventure extraordinaire, un conte d'amour, une histoire de sorcellerie, un ouvrage de science-fiction où la Bête jouerait le rôle de machine à remonter le temps : mais c'est aussi une quête de l'identité, un voyage que j'aurais fait au bout de ma nuit antillaise, pour tenter de l'exorciser. Comme mon héros, j'aimerais dire que je ne suis qu'un enfant et le monde un moulin à mystères
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A tale that illustrates the struggle with Caribbean identity through symbolism. A great beast has blocked out the sunlight and thrown the island of Guadeloupe into darkness. The beast is white domination, and the story's hero Ti Jean must destroy it by exploring contemporary Guadeloupe as well as the Africa of his ancestors.

I enjoyed the creative take on the subject. Mythological stories bring people together and create depth and a sense of identity within one's culture.
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This is a longer book than The Bridge of Beyond, but set in the same village of Fond-Zombi in Guadalupe. This story is a hero's quest, that takes the hero, a son of gods and member of the noble race of crows, Ti-Jean, back through time to Africa, to the land of the dead, and back to Fond-Zombi to slay the beast that ate the sun. This metaphorical story is Simone Shwarz-Bart's attempt to understand slavery and to show the pride and strength of her people, who are descendent of the slaves of Guada ...more
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Simone Schwarz-Bart (née Brumant) is a French novelist and playwright of Gouadeloupean origin.

Simone Brumant was born on January 8, 1938 at Saintes in the Charente-Maritime province of France. Her place of birth is not clear, however, as she has also stated that she was born in Pointe-à-Pitre.

Her parents were originally from Guadeloupe. Her father was a soldier while her mother was a teacher. When
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