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Black Fauns

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In the capital of a Caribbean island, the BLACK FAUNS -- Mamitz, Martha, Estelle, Christophine, Ma Christine, Miriam and Ethelrida -- wash clothes for a living in the intimacy of their barrack yard. It is the 1930s. In two facing rows of rooms, each room a habitation, and separated by the expanse of communal yard, the women are quarrelsome, supportive and reflective, tende ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published June 1984 by New Beacon Books Ltd
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Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! 5/5. After reading Alfred Mendes's Pitch Lake, I immediately wanted to seek out more by this author. His second novel, Black Fauns, appears to be slightly easier to find but it's still pretty expensive; cheapest copies going for about $50.

In Black Fauns, Mendes puts the focus on a group of black women in one of Port-of-Spain's barrack yards. If you're not familiar with the term, that's okay, neither was I. I believe it's the equivalent to slums but forgive me if that's incorrect! Trinidadia
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Like "The Man Who Ran Away", this is a candidly painted picture of the pre-war days in Port of Spain. Immensely enjoyable.
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