Friday, 19 May 2017

TALLAWAH BOOK CLUB: A Holocaust survivor looks back + ‘Reasoning’ with Rupert Lewis + Geoffrey Philp’s latest release

> What We Just Read:
Night (Bantam Books) by Elie Wiesel
The horrors of the Holocaust concentration camp are brought to palpable, hypervivid life in this critically acclaimed memoir, a book that’s simply impossible to put down. Candidly written, it chronicles Wiesel’s terrifying near-death experiences, as a teenager by his father’s side (and in the company of hundreds of other persecuted Jews), at the hands of heartless German soldiers, at the height of Nazi rule. In a nutshell, Night is visceral, heart-pounding prose and gripping testimony that critics have likened to The Diary of Anne Frank. As the book attests, Wiesel, who went on to become an Ivy League professor and a recipient of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, bore witness to and endured some truly unspeakable events that no one should be subjected to. Remarkably, he survived to tell the tale.

> What We’re Buzzing About
Garvey’s Ghost (Carlong Publishers) by Geoffrey Philp
Widely known novelist and poet Geoffrey Philp woos a Young Adult audience with this latest offering, an action-packed and emotionally charged narrative exploring fractious family dynamics, betrayal, redemption and every mother’s worst nightmare. It follows Kathryn Bailey, a single Jamaican mother of East Indian descent based in Miami. When her teenage daughter Jasmine disappears, Kathryn’s desperate search for answers leads her to Jacob Virgo, one of Jasmine’s college professors, a Rastafarian and Garveyite. Reluctantly, they join forces to find Jasmine before it’s too late. But does Virgo have to something to hide? And what about Cristina, Carlton and Russell Davenport – did they have a role to play in the young lady’s disappearance? As Carlong is quick to inform us, Garvey’s Ghost (packing some 256 pages) promises an intriguing ride and clever plot twists that will have you turning pages well into the night.

> What’s On The Horizon:
Caribbean Reasonings: Rupert Lewis and the Black Intellectual Tradition (Ian Randle Publishers) 
 From academic to cultural activism, Prof. Rupert Lewis has always distinguished himself as a force to be reckoned with. Now retired from the University of the West Indies (UWI), where he spent teaching sociology to undergrads, the renowned Garvey and Rodney scholar gets his due, as the headliner of the latest Caribbean Reasonings text from Ian Randle. Guest edited by Clinton Hutton, Jermaine McCalpin and Maziki Thame, the slender volume brings together noted and emerging thinkers who contribute articles centred on Lewis’ usual areas of focus – Black consciousness and the legacy of slavery and colonialism. Thame, Hutton and Maziki aside, the volume features work from such contributors as Mark Figueroa, FSJ Ledgister, Ken Post and Prof. Lewis himself, who offers his trademark insight and depth of research with a piece on “Jamaican Black Power in the 1960s.” Ideal for students and history buffs.

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