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A Room on the Hill (Paperback)

Author: St. Omer, Garth

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A Room on the Hill is a devastating portrayal of an island society (much resembling 1950's St Lucia) suffocating in its smallness, its colonial hierarchies of race and class, and firmly in the grip of a reactionary Catholic church-which insisted on different school uniforms for the children of the married and unmarried, and three grades of funeral. The novel focuses on a small circle of the educated middle class, whose response to colonial society ranges from acquiescence, finding cynical personal advantage in the new anti-colonial politics, suicidal despair, and various shades of rebellion. Its astringent realism in questioning the direction of West Indian nationhood is finely balanced by metaphors of as yet untapped potential.

First published by Faber in 1968, St Omer's novel is distinguished by its sensitivity to issues of gender, its elegant concision and, its existential questioning, an intensive focus on the inner person. If the world it describes has gone, A Room on the Hill lives as a major attempt to bring an international modernity to the West Indian novel.


Publisher Peepal Tree Pr Ltd
Mfg Part# 9781845230937
SKU 212195842
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1845230930
Release Date 4/1/2012
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