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Julie Mango: Stories N.D. Williams

Julie Mango: Stories

N.D. Williams

Published November 28th 2000
ISBN : 9780738817842
Hardcover
304 pages
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N.D. Williamss characters - who often address us directly - are invariably either in motion or grappling with the temptation of movement. Leaving, returning, or reluctantly staying put, the dynamics of migration defines their lives. AlthoughMoreN.D. Williamss characters - who often address us directly - are invariably either in motion or grappling with the temptation of movement. Leaving, returning, or reluctantly staying put, the dynamics of migration defines their lives. Although several of the stories focus with satirical sharpness on the pretensions of The Republic (Guyana in its most self-consciously socialist imposture), Williamss stage is the wider Caribbean diaspora: the UK, Brooklyn or Toronto - and the Caribbean that never leaves his characters heads. His characters speak from the margins, anxious not to be swept away into the anonymous mass, though this stance is not without problems: the narrator of Batty Bwoy, Divert, for instance, has to deal with the contradictions between his attraction to Rastafarianism and his discomfort, as a gay man, with Rasta homophobia. What Williamss characters want is the space to cultivate their sense of individual worth, although this often leaves them trapped in an absurd or confining persona. In Trinculo Walks the Dog, for instance, the main character is condemned to endlessly reprise his one theatrical success. At the heart of all the stories is the plea for tolerance, for humanity, for acceptance of the diversity of the Caribbean and its people.