Is Just a Movie
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In Trinidad, in the wake of 1970's Black Power rebellion, we follow Sonnyboy, Singer King Kala, and their town's folk through experiments in music, politics, religion, and love—and in their day-to-day adventures. Humorous and serious, sad and uplifting, Is Just a Movie, is a radiant novel about small moments of magic in ordinary life.
Earl Lovelace's books include While Gods Are Falling, winner of the BP Independence Award; the Caribbean classic The Dragon Can't Dance; and Salt, which won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize. For Is Just a Movie, he has won the Grand Prize for Caribbean Literature by the Regional Council of Guadeloupe and the 2012 OCM
Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.
About the Author
—Junot Díaz, author, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Earl Lovelaces genius is revealed in his capacity to consistently write characters of complex sophistication that remain fully believable as products of their landscape and time even as the author conjures up riveting and often unusual circumstances in their lives. Lovelaces characters are compelling because of the care and profound empathy with which he explores their thinking and their feelings.
Lovelace understand Trinidad and its people, its music, its history and its psyche in ways that have made him one of the most important writers to have emerged from the Caribbean in the last seventy years. Is Just a Movie manages to combine all the elements of the best calypso-a postmodernist sense of the world, a earthbound wit, a capacity for complex tragedy and a haunting humanity. Lovelace makes you want to be Trinidadian.
—Kwame Dawes, Distinguished Poet in Residence at the University of South Carolina
Lovelace has written an comic masterpiece. The dazzle of talent on display in this his latest
novel is in its own way absurd. Yes, some writers do have it all.
—Colin Channer, author, Waiting in Vain
The publication of a new novel by Earl Lovelace is an event to celebrate. This satire, while biting, is tempered with a pathos and humor which directs us to the fundamental humanity we have come to recognize in all of Lovelaces writing.
—Lawrence Scott, author, Night Calypso
More than any other writer, the prose of Earl Lovelace is Trini to the bone. And like the famed Cascadu river fish after which the village in Is Just a Movie is named, once its sweet flesh is tasted, the reader is destined to return to its shores.
—Robert Antoni, author of Divina Trace and Carnival
Earl Lovelace is arguably the Caribbeans greatest living novelist. In Is Just a Movie, he writes at the top of his considerable literary powers, picturing the Caribbeans poor and powerless defending their ever-embattled humanity with resourcefulness and tenacity.
—Randall Robinson, author, Makeda
My name is Kangkala, maker of confusion, recorder of gossip, destroyer of reputations, revealer of secrets. In the same skin, I am villain and hero, victim and victor.
I am a true-true kaisonian.
I reduce the powerful by ridicule
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