The year in San Fernando by Michael Anthony

IMG_1627Set in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago. Reviewed on 2018/06:

I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t care much for #comingofage stories. After you read a few books, they all feel repetitive and just too personal to derive any global meaning. However with #theyearinsanfernando I was glued to the story from beginning to end. I personally think the secret resides in how masterfully #anthony aimed to write from the perspective of a #12yearsold boy. And by perspective I mean both content and style. You are confronted here with the whole package: his dreams, fears and #lossofinocence but also with his words, narrative and voice. #voice is important in this book because #michaelanthony aims to literally think and write as a 12 years old boy with a simple vocabulary and syntax. At first I was very hesitant once I heard that premise. However the result is captivating and endearing. At times it felt like a #diaryon loud speakers, an oral diary, a boy speaking to you out loud next to you or maybe even your #innerchild talking to the adult you have become. This is a writer of which I knew nothing about until recently. However he was prolific in his time and I would love to read more in the near future. Let me know if you know him and have any recommendations. #recommended#trinidadandtobago #trinidadianliterature#sanfernando #mayaro#caribbeanwritersseries #heinemann#trinidad #discovering #childtoteenager#yearawayfromhome

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