Wednesday, November 13, 2019Light Snow -5°C
Books

The Governor General's Literary Awards: Part Three

Posted by MP / November 17, 2007

171107_Soucou.jpg
This is my third post on the books short listed for the 2007 Governor General's Literary Awards. If anyone has read them all and found me insufferably critical, accept the following apology:

I don't know how to begin. David Chariandy's Soucouyant resists analysis, perhaps because it is remarkably unpretentious. It manages to be spacious with a subject as suffocating as dementia, and travel the chasm of immigration without mythologizing it. Like old skin, the narrative hangs with careless confidence, its poetry measured but not restrained.

The story is of a son's orbit around his mother, who forgets things. The family, their neighbourhood and finally, with the story of her childhood, the book itself is also swallowed by memory. As his mother loses herself, the narrator finds that he is lost, too, unmoored from history, geography and love. He acts erratically, recklessly searching for the son that his mother no longer recognizes. Who is this strange man at her table? As she recoils, what remains for him is the family history; the tales told by other people, her friends, the nurse whose presence indicts his absence, neighbours, and a few mementos. Chariandy writes with one voice, clear and full of pain.

This is a pungent book, and it reeks of fresh talent.

Image courtesy of Arsenal Pulp Press, for whom this is their first GG nomination.

Discussion

9 Comments

shirley / November 17, 2007 at 02:15 pm
user-pic
I think David Chariandy totally rocks, not just as a writer but as a teacher, activist, and all-round great person. He is also the co-founder of western Canada's first black literary press:
http://beyondrobson.com/books_lit/2007/02/commodore_books_western_canadas_first_black_literary_press/
shadoe / November 18, 2007 at 08:39 pm
user-pic
props to the sanchez brothers pic on the cover.
GTA 5 pour Android / November 11, 2013 at 08:46 pm
user-pic
No matter if some one searches for his essential
thing, therefore he/she needs to be available
that in detail, therefore that thing is maintained over here.
golu dolls / February 27, 2019 at 09:17 pm
user-pic
nice post
kanchipuram sarees / February 27, 2019 at 09:17 pm
user-pic
nice post
kanchipuram sarees / February 27, 2019 at 09:17 pm
user-pic
nice post
herbal powder / February 27, 2019 at 09:18 pm
user-pic
nice post

Add a Comment

Other Cities: Toronto