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Black Midas

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  130 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Astonishingly vivid, bawdy, and tempestuous, this novel is a cautionary tale about greed and class conflict in postcolonial Guyana. Comparing ruthless 20th-century prospectors to the long-ago Spanish explorers who raped a continent in their quest for El Dorado, the novel follows the dreams and delusions of Aron Smart, a youth orphaned early in life and brought up on a farm ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Peepal Tree Press Ltd.
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Subrina Dhanraj
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Black Midas By Jan Carew.
It is a very educational novel. For Guyanese students in the secondary third form department it will help us in our project. 👍
It is one of my favourite novels because it is a narrative novel.
People may not understand who is the protagonist, but the protagonist is Aron Smart (aka Ocean Shark, King Of Diamonds)👌
Daniel Gamboa
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing read! On my search to find novels set in the Guyana, I first found the wonderful "Shadows Move Among Them", by Edgar Mittelholzer, and later I found Jan Carew's debut novel "Black Midas". At first, I was reluctant to read it. I thought it would be one of those historical novels that students are asked to read at school and that are filled with facts whose only purpose to teach you a class. However, this books does an amazing job at being historical and entertaining throughout its ...more
Ismay payne
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is best book I ever read
Joseph Smith
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not as masterful as Carew’s later novel The Wild Coast, this is still an excellent work, with a well-paced plot, richly drawn characters and sparkling dialogue – clearly Carew’s hallmarks. The quality of the writing is apparent from the first page, and with Carew you get the sense that as a reader, you are in the hands of a real writer, who will neither insult your intelligence nor let your suspense of disbelief down with crass and predictable machinations. He is a ‘real’ writer, and he qualifie ...more
Hazel
Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: childhood-read
This was a school text, I think. I remember Miss Inalsingh reading aloud from it.
Ashley Prince
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Who is the protagonist of the story
Roy Sanford
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book immensely
Chiv
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
RECOMMENDED BY MY LITERATURE TEACHER
The back of this book stated the event which were to happen so I was a bit worried that I'd know what was going to happen but I was greatly mistaken.

I found this book really interesting and I finished it rather quickly because of it's length. Many people who read this mostly did it because it is one of the books schools buy. So anyway, when I started the book I didn't know what to expect. The conversations in the story was mostly in Guyanese slang but it is q
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Erica121
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it


I am currently exploring novels from my mother's home country of Guyana. This is a roaming book that explores the villages, towns and city of Guyana. Jon Smart seems to be a man who represents the different ways of existing in each of these settings. But it seems his slightly detached soul is most connected when in the jungle. Connected to the people around him as well as the land he makes his fortune from and well as makes himself 'King'.

I poetic book with sections and descriptions I had to re
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