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Description - Crossing the River by Caryl Phillips

A voice speaking out of a distant past, describes the consequences of his desperation- his daughter and two sons are condemned to the hold of an English slave ship bound for America in 1753. Here are the stories of these children- Nash, Martha, and Travis. Yet as the narrative unfolds, we come to understand that although they are his children, they are also all of slavery s children. Nash, returning to Africa in the 1830 s a Christian-educated adult, a missionary to the new territory of Liberia, slowly becoming a part of the world his 'masters' intended him to convert Martha, her own daughter and husband sold away from her, settling in the American wild west of the late nineteenth century, freeing herself from slavery but never from the weight of "such misery in one life" Travis, an American GI stationed in a small Yorkshire village during the Second World War, finding an acceptance in England that he doesn t know at home and that he may not be able to promise his half-English son These brilliantly resonant stories along with the slave ship captain s journal and the lamentations of the children s father become a "many-tongued chorus of common memory" so vivid and powerful that i

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099498261
ISBN-10: 009949826X
Format: Paperback
(200mm x 132mm x 17mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips was born in St Kitts and now lives in London and New York. He has written for television, radio, theatre and cinema and is the author of three works of non-fiction and seven novels. Crossing the River was shortlisted for the 1993 Booker Prize and he has won the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, as well as being named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 1992 and one of the Best of Young British Writers 1993.

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