All Decent Animals by Oonya Kempadoo
A Novel

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Guyanese-British Kempadoo’s third novel...again takes on the socioeconomic complexity of the Caribbean...Kempadoo’s sensuous language and tangled storytelling veer between hypnotic and incomprehensible.
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Oonya Kempadoo's moving third novel, All Decent Animals, looks at the personal and aesthetic choices of a multifaceted cast of characters on the Caribbean island of Trinidad—a country still developing economically but rich culturally, aiming at "world-class" status amid its poor island cousins. It is a novel about relationships, examined through the distinct rhythms of the city of Port of Spain.

Loyalties, love, conflicting cultures, and creativity come into play as Ata, a young woman working in carnival design but curious about writing, and her European boyfriend, Pierre, negotiate the care of their friend Fraser, a closeted gay man dying from AIDS. The contradictory Trinidadian setting becomes a parallel character to Fraser's Cambridge-derived artistic sensibility and an antagonist to Ata's creative journey.


All Decent Animals is a forthright inquiry into the complexity of character, social issues, and island society, with all the island's humor, mysticism, and tragedy.

 

About Oonya Kempadoo

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Oonya Kempadoo was born in England to Guyanese parents. She has lived in Europe and on various islands in the Caribbean. Her first novel, Buxton Spice, was published in 1998 to great acclaim. Her second novel, Tide Running, won the prestigious Casa de las Americas Literary Prize for best English or Creole novel. Kempadoo lives in St. George’s, Grenada.
 
Published April 30, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 273 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Mar 14 2013

Guyanese-British Kempadoo’s third novel...again takes on the socioeconomic complexity of the Caribbean...Kempadoo’s sensuous language and tangled storytelling veer between hypnotic and incomprehensible.

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