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Set in Trinidad, the story is launched by the mythical tale of Guinea John, an ancestor of Blackpeople, who put two corn cobs under his arm pits and flew from a clifftop, away from the scene of his enslavement, back to Africa. His descendants have eaten salt, grown too heavy to fly, and cannot follow him. They are left to wrestle with their future on the island. Now, moreSet in Trinidad, the story is launched by the mythical tale of Guinea John, an ancestor of Blackpeople, who put two corn cobs under his arm pits and flew from a clifftop, away from the scene of his enslavement, back to Africa. His descendants have eaten salt, grown too heavy to fly, and cannot follow him. They are left to wrestle with their future on the island. Now, more than one hundred years after "Emancipation, " like all the people who share the island - Asians, Africans, and Europeans - they need to be weaned from old captivities and welcomed into the New World. Addressing the challenge of this liberating welcome are Alford George, schoolteacher turned politician; Bango Durity, laborer and activist; and a swirl of unforgettable men and women - minor characters of major proportions - telling their stories in their own voices; all striving with passion and wit to make sense of their lives in the still-young country where the roles of enslaved and landowner still linger, but "the sky, the sea, every green leaf and tangle of vines sing freedom."...

Title : Salt
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ISBN : 9780571192946
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 370 Pages
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Salt Reviews

  • Myriam
    2019-02-27 10:45

    Tells the history of Trinidad with a captivating style somewhat uncharacteristic of writers of Lovelace's generation. Extremely engaging. Characters are captivating and intricate. Characterization propels the plot while revealing the history of Trinidad across decades, generations, political movements, leaderships and ethnicities (though focusing primarily on the Afro-Trinidadian experience).

  • Ash
    2019-03-14 09:21

    such a rich and complicated novel. I already want to reread it.

  • Apphia Barton
    2019-03-20 11:37

    My eyes. I want to tell you about the effect his work, this book; these books The Dragon Can't Dance and Salt, have had on my eyes.Think about going to the optometrist for an eye exam. Different letters of the alphabet are posted at a distance on the wall before you. Letters you are familiar with. You see them every day and could guess what they are even with your eyes squinted. You sit and peer into the Phoropter (I googled it). But the machine, the Phoropter, that switched between lens, to adjust your vision. That is his work. Lovelace's writing.I cannot help but to see my country and my people differently, with an understanding that my younger self would marvel at.

  • Melisa
    2019-03-20 14:43

    This is not the book that you pick up because you want to check it off of your "read" list.This is the book that you pick up and fight. This is the book that you have to be on your toes for, because there's ever so much more than the surface meaning.This is about justice, this is about people, and this is about perspectives. I had to read the book twice before I fell in love with it, and I think the turning point for me was my being prepared (on the second round through, at least) for the shifting narration. Everyone in the story has a turn speaking through first or third person, but the speaker is rarely announced. Everyone is involved in the story, and everyone is aware of the story.

  • Ruth
    2019-03-14 07:16

    It's yet another wonderful novel by Lovelace. How he tells & loves his country over & over in all his works--having read several of them, I feel that I have lived in Trinidad & Tobago. His characteristic shifting between characters becomes even more complex here: periodically the pronouns suddenly shift in the middle of a given character's narration, or even something written in the omniscient narrator's voice suddenly shifts to "I." I assumed the first occurrence was an editing glitch, but it happens repeatedly so it must be intentional. Lovelace really is all his characters, & they are each other & their beloved & mistreated land.

  • Salomé Golding
    2019-03-01 14:43

    This is one of my favorite novels. Earl Lovelace writes like a man who completely inhabits and knows the people and places about which, from which, he writes. His characterization of women is also wonderfully empathetic.

  • Amy
    2019-03-14 07:41

    Liked it. Enjoyed reading the Caribbean dialogue.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-07 13:20

    Salt: A Novel by Earl Lovelace (2004)

  • Debbi
    2019-03-08 12:23

    I had a hard time with this book - too slow going for me. I didn't quite finish it which is unusual for me.

  • Robyn
    2019-02-24 13:41

    Difficult and not for the faint of heart. The pain and complexity of the colonized Caribbean.

  • Kristie
    2019-03-16 12:24

    Enjoying it so far...

  • Saki
    2019-03-06 12:42

    excellent book on Trinidadian culture