Cambridge by Caryl Phillips

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One of England's most widely acclaimed young novelists adopts two eerily convincing narrative voices and juxtaposes their stories to devastating effect in this mesmerizing portrait of slavery. Cambridge is a devoutly Christian slave in the West Indies whose sense of justice is both profound and self-destructive, while Emily is a morally-blind, genteel Englishwoman.

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Caryl Phillips, 1958 - Author Caryl Phillips was born in St. Kitts on March 13, 1958. He received a B.A. with honors from Oxford University and soon after began his writing career. He is now professor at Yale University and a visiting professor at Barnard College of Columbia University. Phillips has received many awards and fellowships and was appointed to the post of chief editor of the Faber and Faber Caribbean writers' series. Phillips' writing explores the challenges of dealing with such divisions as race and heritage, and investigates how they were created in the first place. In "Cambridge," he presents his characters confused identities and frequently compares their personal histories and questions the process of how stories become known as history. He draws links between groups, like the Jews during the Holocaust or Victorian women, to make analogies for the West Indian situation.
Published February 4, 1992 by Knopf. 183 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Travel. Fiction

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But Emily as a beneficiary, however innocent, of slavery must suffer: Brown is murdered, and Emily gives birth to a still-born child.

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This superbly achieved novel issues from the pairing of overt literary devices with a subtle narrative strategy. Sometime in the 19th century, 30-year-old Emily Cartwright, about to be married off to

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The journal she keeps forms a central part of this novel, and it records Emily's observations of colonial and slave societies, her perceptions of ``the progeny of Afric'ssic despised inhabitants,'' the mysteries of the plantation and her seduction by the plantation manager.

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And, almost in passing--or in a numb trance--that she has seen Arnold beat Cambridge and, later, that Cambridge has killed him and been hanged for it.

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The muscles Rogers acquires through the serum Evans earned through hard work.

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