5 1/2" x 8 1/2" • 120 pages
ISBN 9781405031165 • paperback • $9.95 •
There is no other writer in the Caribbean like Willi Chen. He is that rare breed, a West Indian writer of Chinese origin, yet the Chinese in his fiction and plays tend to be secondary characters. Most of his stories, whether comical or darker in tone, focus on the simple, earthy lives of the poverty-line rural East Indian community - the quarrels and contrivances, the passions and the ambitions, the easy joys and the elemental tragedies. Chen writes with an astonishing vigor and enthusiasm, his words tumbling over themselves in their lavishly sensuous and inventive application to his canvas, vividly conjuring the smells, textures, sounds and flavors of the Trinidad countryside.
"He is deliberate, meticulous, and splendidly disciplined. The stories are perhaps not original in form but they would serve without degradation of any sort as works by a Chekov or a Joyce."
-- Compulsive Reader
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