He Drown She in the Sea

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Set on the fictional Caribbean island of Guanagaspar around World War II and in the present day, He Drown She in the Sea explores the repercussions of a relationship caste wouldn’t allow. Harry St. George, son of a man whose origins are unknown, cannot hope to wed his beloved Rose… ever. He immigrates to British Columbia. Away from Guanagaspar, Harry finds he can overcome obstacles innate at home. His lack of proximity to the Caribbean should have destroyed the remotest likelihood of ever seeing Rose again…

This beautifully written book evokes images of life so well, from the child knowing simply what is without understanding why things should be that way, to the adult powerless to change the way everything has always been, except by leaving. But leaving someone behind cannot erase all. As fluidly as the main characters are brought to life, Mootoo’s supporting characters are equally well-illustrated, from the elder St. George lost at sea and presumed drowned, to Kay the B.C. liquor store clerk, to the members of the Once a Taxi Driver Wine Tasting and General Tomfoolery Club. The final chapter is told in dream image: Mootoo seamlessly guides the reader to the only interpretation that truly fits. An exquisite story.

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Century

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(US) $23.00

ISBN
(US) 0802117988

Format
Hardback

Pages
321

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