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Offers a revised edition of Brathwaite's Mother Poem, Sun Poem, and X/Self poems which explore the author's family and childhood in Barbados and his experiences with slavery and colonialism.


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Offers a revised edition of Brathwaite's Mother Poem, Sun Poem, and X/Self poems which explore the author's family and childhood in Barbados and his experiences with slavery and colonialism.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Gina-Anne

    She and the mango tree went during Hurricane Gilbert.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dave Carroll

    I often find myself struggling through rough translation of obscure novels and poetry. But I found myself with an all new challenge with "Ancestors" as much is written in Bajan, a Barbadian dialect comprised of English and numerous African languages. Brathwaite set out to create a unique meter which in turn inspired a fascinating writing style which he says is indicative of the unique geography of Barbados and its adjacent island nations. "Ancestors" is a trilogy of Brathwaite's life work I often find myself struggling through rough translation of obscure novels and poetry. But I found myself with an all new challenge with "Ancestors" as much is written in Bajan, a Barbadian dialect comprised of English and numerous African languages. Brathwaite set out to create a unique meter which in turn inspired a fascinating writing style which he says is indicative of the unique geography of Barbados and its adjacent island nations. "Ancestors" is a trilogy of Brathwaite's life work stitched together into a 468 page epic. As it is poetry I thought I would breeze through but as I thought to understand I found myself lingering a little longer over passages requiring multiple reads. Perhaps, like a visitor to the island itself, I chose to linger a little not sure of I will return so bent on taking it all in while I'm here. Brathwaite is a vital contributor to Caribbean literature and must reading if you wish to fully comprehend the uniqueness and character of each island.

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    Rashidabumbray

    kamau always takes us through catastrophe into oumfo/womb. this is opening doors to re-reads of things i thought i already knew, like "beloved".

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