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A Brighter Sun

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  458 ratings  ·  34 reviews
The Longman Caribbean Writers Series comprises of many classic novels, short stories and plays by the best known Caribbean authors, together with works of the highest quality from new writers.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 29th 1979 by Longman Publishing Group (first published 1953)
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I read A Brighter Sun years ago, I think this re-read is exactly what I needed. There is something magical about reading about a place you currently reside at and I think that is what I loved most about this book.

Sam Selvon's A Brighter Sun follows the main character Tiger Baboolal, an Indian man from the rural part of Trinidad. Tiger gets married and through his marriage he is given a plot of land with $200TTD to start his life with his wife. Tiger and his wife moves to San Juan an up and
Lamski Kikita
Jan 12, 2009 rated it liked it
This book gives a very informative and accurate account of the state and life in 1930s Trinidad caught between its colony past and a present monopolized by American military existance and the island's involvement in the second world war.

Tiger is the main character of the story. He is a southern Trinidadian boy of Indian ancestry who gets married off at 16. The story is of his struggles as a "man" and trying to make a living as well as understand life and what it means to him as he understands hi
Marisa Maharaj
Apr 04, 2015 rated it liked it
"What is to is must is." ...more
Rocío G.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Set in Trinidad and Tobago during the Second World War, this novel aims both at painting a general picture of the economic, social and political facts of life of the time and period while also telling a smaller more intimate story about a handful of its residents in a forgotten village not far from Port of Spain. The jump from general to particular is ongoing and is not always handled smoothly. The narrative that follows Tiger and Urmilla -a young Indian couple- and Rita and Joe- their creole ne ...more
Rating is 3.5.

After reading Golden Child last month, I am happy to read more books set in Trinidad. This debut novel is a coming of age tale set during the final years of World War 2. We follow Tiger, a sixteen year old Indian boy who is being married to Urmilla. This is an arranged marriage and he moves from his hometown of Chaguanas, a sugar cane district to the more urban village of Barataria. Here Tiger struggles to define manhood.

This short novel was unexpectedly humorous. Selvon presents
Natasha Lovelace
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An awesome book,filled with dreams and aspirations and how one often struggles to fulfill those dreams.The author chartered the development of the Protagonist in such a way that poverty as well as racism intertwined. The book tells us about a young boy who was at war with becoming a man, being able to read and rise from his current status in society...
Rae Roxanne Williams
Oct 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Can't read. The devs of this app are idiot, in the fact that they don't let you read shit. What is the dam point of this site. ...more
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book is really well written and gives an insightful view of Trinidad and Tobago before the end of WWII and teens and the issues they face in regards to responsibility and relationships. It depicts well the journey of a young man into adulthood due to a child marriage. His thoughts, how he deals with marriage, working, a child that is not the preferred biological sex, sexual relations, friendship with racial divides and his path to maturity is well displayed. I thought Urmilla's character cou ...more
Penn Fawn
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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His debut. A beautiful, beautiful read. It made me fall in love with his writing even more than I already was.
Jemarc Breedy
May 28, 2013 marked it as to-read
who are the characters in chapter six

Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is another of the novels I would turn to, when I was homesick and studying abroad. I absolutely love Samuel Selvon's voice. he reminds me of warm days on Maracas beach and eating mango and plum chow on the back steps with my cousins during the long August holidays. This is a coming to adult tale of two people bound by tradition and trying to make it on their own, in an unfamilar neighbourhood. ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite class assigned reads
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Sep 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
Guys how can I start read please help
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
Title: A Brighter Sun
Author: Samuel Selvon
Publisher: Longman
Pages: 215
Challenge: Caribbean writers Challenge 2011
Rating: 5 stars

The overall theme can be summed up in three phrases; “the journey from adolescence to adulthood”, “The Loss of Innocence”, and “The Quest and acquisition of knowledge”.

The story is set during the turbulent midst of the 2nd World War and centered on the lives of two young Indian peasants forced into marriage and trying to find their way through adulthood in Trini
Denee Daley
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think this book is very interesting as it shows the new experiences and challenges of a young boy that got married at the age of sixteen years old due to an arranged marriage which he knew nothing about until the day of his wedding, He was trying to learn new things of becoming a man, and this young girl trying to carry on the new processes of life as they both faced challenges of living on their own and learning new things about adult life as they go on.
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
An interesting tale of the growth of a young Indian married couple and their creole neighbour couple told in a colourful language of personification, forshadowing, metaphor etc. It is a history of Trinidad's transition from predominantly agriculture to the Service and Construction economy with a succinct look at the effects on the people. ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: caribbean
This book sums up the experience of growing up in the Caribbean. Discovering your identify amidst cultural division and carving out a life in the midst of challenges. I read this book in high school but it has always stayed in my mind. If you can get past the broken english dialect.It is a good book.
Mindy Barrios
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh this book was wonderfully written. It was raw as the characters were easy to relate to being a Trinidadian myself, it was comical and heart wrenching. At the end I was very proud of "Tiger", the protagonist, and his attitude toward change and growing up. Great book.
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The many short stories, both in the Caribbean and English setting offered my first glimpse into the work of a Trinidadian author and kindled somewhat of an obsession with local and regional content. Impeccably written, it makes for easy reading and the nostalgic feeling of home.
Required reading in HS
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: caribbean-books
Read this long ago for school and I remember really enjoying it.
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!
Marts  (Thinker)
Dec 07, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: caribbean
Sam Selvon's tale about life in Trinidad in the 1930s ...more
Dec 08, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I read this when I was about 15 for a high school lit class. It's an interesting glimpse into the past and the cultural divides in Trinidad and Tobago at the time. Not exceptional but a good read. ...more
Portia S
Oct 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: caribbean
In this novel, people have sex on old bags, in huts. I think that was one of the most important points related.
Sheetal Moekoet
May 27, 2013 is currently reading it
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Joel Morris
Feb 22, 2013 marked it as to-read
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Oct 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Did this book in school for Literature. Fun, emotional, and interesting book. How things were in the old days.
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Samuel Dickson Selvon was born in San Fernando in the south of Trinidad. His parents were East Indian: his father was a first-generation Christian immigrant from Madras and his mother's father was Scottish.He was educated at Naparima College, San Fernando, before leaving at the age of fifteen to work. He was a wireless operator with the Royal Naval Reserve from 1940 to 1945. Thereafter, he moved n ...more

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