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Pictures of a Dying Man

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When Gladstone Belle is found hanging from a beam in his own house, everyone in the village tries to understand who he really was, and why he killed himself. In this Caribbean Citizen Kane, the voices of Gladstone's past accumulate, complementing and contradicting each other, to arrive at an understanding of Gladstone's true identity and the circumstances that complicated ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Coffee House Press
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Paul Fulcher
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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Agymah Kamua is a Barbadian-American novelist. Pictures of a Dying Man, published in 1999, was his second novel.

Set on a fictitious Caribbean island the novel tells the story of Gladstone Augustus Belle, former Deputy Prime Minister in the People’s Labour Party, known by the populace as the People’s Lawyers’ Party, in near permanent power versus the opposition People’s Democratic (aka Doctors’) Party. But the story is told in an unusual and effective way.

As the novel opens Gladstone Augustus B
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K's Bognoter
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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Hvad er sandheden om et menneske? Hviler den hos den enkelte selv, skaber vi vores egen identitet i kraft af vores egne handlinger og ønsker? Eller er sandheden om et menneskes liv i virkeligheden et broget kludetæppe sammensyet af andres forestilinger, rygter og sladderhistorier om dette menneske?

Dette grundlæggende identitetsfilosofiske spørgsmål er omdrejningspunktet for Agymah Kamaus roman "Pictures of a Dying Man" om livet i en lille caribisk østat, der forbliver anonym romanen igennem, men
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Candy
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If there were more stars I’d have given it .... I REALLY REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK. It was well written. I love books where you can relate to life and learn lessons from. Intend on reading again later on! Pure Gold
Jim Leckband
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
A thoughtful, concise and poetically surprising book. A less confident author would have compounded detail and detail about the lives of Gladstone Belle until the reader is painted into a corner about who he is. But that would be antithetical to Kamau's theme - the unknowability of the person within. Former politico of a West Indies country, Gladstone Belle has been found hanging from the rafters in his ceiling and through the book we hear a blindman's elephant of tales of who he was. He was a b ...more
Dennis
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Like Citizen Kane, but at the beach.
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