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Pitch Lake

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  4 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Originally published in 1934 by Duckworth, London.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 1980 by New Beacon Books Ltd (first published 1934)
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Shelley
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This work provides a camera-true insight into life in Trinidad among the Portuguese community in the 1930s. Another enjoyable aspect for me was the depth with which the main character is painted; the reader is so drawn in you feel you want to give him the advice he so sorely needs. Enjoyable!
Борис
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
If there ever was a time to not judge a book by its cover...

Alfred Mendes was an author I was entirely unfamiliar with until I came across a collection of his short stories edited by Michèle Levy. Pitch Lake (1934), even the 1980 reprint, is a rarity. I have only been able to find a single copy for sale online (with a price tag of $200) so I had to order a copy through a university. I read the 1970 Kraus reprint which includes the two page introduction by Aldous Huxley.

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