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A New World Order ranges widely across the Atlantic World that Caryl Phillips has charted in his award winning novels and non-fiction during the course of the past twenty years. He begins this collection by establishing his belief that there is a 'new world order' of cultural plurality, one which is being promoted by the increasingly central role of the migrant and the A New World Order ranges widely across the Atlantic World that Caryl Phillips has charted in his award winning novels and non-fiction during the course of the past twenty years. He begins this collection by establishing his belief that there is a 'new world order' of cultural plurality, one which is being promoted by the increasingly central role of the migrant and the refugee in the modern world. He goes on to reflect on the work of such seminal figures as Derek Walcott, V. S. Naipaul, J. M. Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer, Steven Spielberg, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Marvin Gaye. Phillips writes about the moment when St Kitts, the small island of his birth, became independent and talks about the role and responsibility of being a writer born into a postcolonial world who lives on both sides of the Atlantic. He then turns the spotlight on Britain speculating about his parents' migration in the late fifties, the continued legacy of racism, his own helpless loyalty to Leeds United, and his anxieties at feeling as though he both of, and not of, Britain.


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A New World Order ranges widely across the Atlantic World that Caryl Phillips has charted in his award winning novels and non-fiction during the course of the past twenty years. He begins this collection by establishing his belief that there is a 'new world order' of cultural plurality, one which is being promoted by the increasingly central role of the migrant and the A New World Order ranges widely across the Atlantic World that Caryl Phillips has charted in his award winning novels and non-fiction during the course of the past twenty years. He begins this collection by establishing his belief that there is a 'new world order' of cultural plurality, one which is being promoted by the increasingly central role of the migrant and the refugee in the modern world. He goes on to reflect on the work of such seminal figures as Derek Walcott, V. S. Naipaul, J. M. Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer, Steven Spielberg, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Marvin Gaye. Phillips writes about the moment when St Kitts, the small island of his birth, became independent and talks about the role and responsibility of being a writer born into a postcolonial world who lives on both sides of the Atlantic. He then turns the spotlight on Britain speculating about his parents' migration in the late fifties, the continued legacy of racism, his own helpless loyalty to Leeds United, and his anxieties at feeling as though he both of, and not of, Britain.

30 review for A New World Order

  1. 4 out of 5

    Enrico Downer

    A study in cultural and racial distinctions affecting the Caribbean immigrant to the UK and the one to the US. Born in St. Kitts and now a Yale professor with dual citizenship, he tells us that on one hand in Britain he could never be considered essentially British whereas in America he is more easily assimilated into American society albeit as African American. I especially enjoyed his essay on Marvin Gaye and his dismissal of VS Naipaul as an author ashamed of his homeland, T&T. A study in cultural and racial distinctions affecting the Caribbean immigrant to the UK and the one to the US. Born in St. Kitts and now a Yale professor with dual citizenship, he tells us that on one hand in Britain he could never be considered essentially British whereas in America he is more easily assimilated into American society albeit as African American. I especially enjoyed his essay on Marvin Gaye and his dismissal of VS Naipaul as an author ashamed of his homeland, T&T. Interesting perspectives from a man with a three-dimensional past: UK, Caribbean and now so-called African-American. Good read!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tayler

    Each essay is concise yet holds within them a wealth of new information for me. Even on subjects or people I thought I'd long knew. Made me rethink the value of the essay and the kinds of work that I'd love to write sometime in the future.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Trinity School Summer Reading

    Born in St. Kitts and raised in the UK, author and playwright Caryl Phillips, now a Yale professor, follows American, African, Caribbean, and British trails to arrive at new insights into cultural encounters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    G

    Phillips is a fluid essayist and his range is versatile and controlled.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    A superb collection of essays that I came upon quite by chance on a bookstall in a market in Hampshire. The essay on Marvin Gaye is really moving.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Harry Nicholson

    Elegant essays on his experience and conclusions, though I found some of them heavy going.

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    Charlotte

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    Kamran Sehgal

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    Olivier Haemhouts

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    Kendra Drischler

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    Darryl

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    Jacara Brown

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    Jordy

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