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By: Ashwannie Harripersaud

Wholeness and Home in West Indian Literature

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Wholeness and Home in West Indian Literature is an invaluable resource for everyone who has an interest in West Indian literature or Culture, West Indian Society or History, Ethnic Tensions, and Psychic Heterogeneity. It is especially useful for university and secondary school students and teachers who teach or need to learn about writers from the West Indies. It offers unique critical insights into the works of globally renowned writers who hail from the Caribbean: V.S. Naipaul, George Lamming, Wilson Harris, Edward Kamau Brathwaite, John Hearn, Jean Rhys, and Derek Walcott.

Wholeness and Home is important reading for any student of ethnic relations. The book focuses on the possibilities of a culture that had its very beginnings in genocide and in the forced or fraudulent fetching of human beings from many other places. These people were pitted against each other to ensure division and assure plantation profitability. This book examines how major West Indian writers capture this initial ethnic antagonism that now infects much of the world.  Wholeness and Home also insists on the futility of racism and bigotry by pointing to the enormous potential for social harmony.

At the very least, Samad and Harripersaud offer excellent examples of essay writing for teachers and students, especially those at the university and college levels.

Professor Daizal R. Samad, a Guyanese-Canadian, is the former director of the University of Guyana, Berbice Campus. He has been a scholar, writer, and administrator on five separate continents. Samad is the author of numerous scholarly articles. He has written and edited several books, including Rivers Whisper Stars (a book of poems); Characters in Crisis: The Novels of John Hearne (a definitive book on John Hearne); The Mirror Tells its Tale (a novel); Ethnocentric Perspectives; and Land Beneath the Wind. Samad is currently working on a book of short stories and a novel. Professor Samad has been lauded for his teaching excellence in Canada, Malaysia, and Morocco.

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