A BRIGHTER SUN BY SAMUEL SELVON PDF

Largely self-educated, Selvon was first a poet, later a journalist, and then a professional writer. In he became an editor at the Guardian Weekly in Trinidad. He left for England in , where he wrote and published his first novel, A Brighter Sun This novel depicts the struggle of the protagonist, a newly married Indian peasant, to adapt to life in a suburban area. In Turn Again Tiger , a sequel to his highly successful first novel, the protagonist of A Brighter Sun returns to his community with a deeper sense of place. Both novels explore his relations to his origins and the various layers of Trinidadian society.

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Although he has published nine books of fiction and is generally considered to be central to the West Indian literary renaissance of the s, criticism of his works has been limited to a few book reviews, paragraphs, and asides in articles on more general West Indian topics, and only recently in one complete article assessing his achievement. His novels are thus often easy pawns in larger discussions of West Indian literature, as well as objects of a sentimental nosE n g l is h St u d ie s in C anada, v, 2, Summer talgia.

Selvon is especially associated with the romantic aura of peasant simplicity. To approach his work on this level is to distort and to miss the conscious skill with which he uses his art to overcome aethetic problems integral to the situations he portrays and the historic period he writes of.

Even his first novel, A Brighter Sun, which will be the subject of this paper, is carefully structured with an eye to the potential of dialect and of the complex forces at work in the s in Trinidad.

The romantic oversimplification of certain critical attitudes to Selvon results in a kind of rhetoric which assumes its own life and loses touch with the art which it claims to be addressing. George Lamming seems peculiarly prone to lapses of this sort. Consider the following for instance: What holds Selvon and myself together is precisely what could hold Indians and Negroes together in Trinidad. It is their common background of social history which can be called West Indian: a background whose basic feature is the peasant sensibility.

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A Brighter Sun

Although he has published nine books of fiction and is generally considered to be central to the West Indian literary renaissance of the s, criticism of his works has been limited to a few book reviews, paragraphs, and asides in articles on more general West Indian topics, and only recently in one complete article assessing his achievement. His novels are thus often easy pawns in larger discussions of West Indian literature, as well as objects of a sentimental nosE n g l is h St u d ie s in C anada, v, 2, Summer talgia. Selvon is especially associated with the romantic aura of peasant simplicity. To approach his work on this level is to distort and to miss the conscious skill with which he uses his art to overcome aethetic problems integral to the situations he portrays and the historic period he writes of.

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What is a summary of the book A Brighter Sun by Samuel Selvon?

Samuel Selvon is a Caribbean writer who lived from May 20, to April 16, His best-known works include the novel The Lonely Londoners and the short story collection Ways of Sunlight. Selvon's A Brighter Sun is set in Trinidad and centers on the hardships of Tiger, an East Indian peasant farmer struggling with his low station in life. He marries Urmilla at a young age and settles in a mud hut in the multi-ethnic community of Barataria. Their creole neighbors, Rita and Joe Martin, are much well-off than they are, and Tiger, aspiring to that level of comfort, accepts a job for an American construction company.

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