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The Intended

The narrator of The Intended is twelve when he leaves his village in rural Guyana to come to England. There he is abandoned into social care, but with determination seizes every opportunity to follow his aunt’s farewell advice: ‘…but you must tek education…pass plenty exam’.

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Author(s)
David Dabydeen
ISBN
9781845230135
Pages
246
Price
£8.99
Classification
Fiction, Novels
Setting
United Kingdom, Guyana
Date published
30 Nov 2005

The narrator of The Intended is twelve when he leaves his village in rural Guyana to come to England. There he is abandoned into social care, but with determination seizes every opportunity to follow his aunt’s farewell advice: ‘…but you must tek education…pass plenty exam’. With a scholarship to Oxford, and an upper-class white fiancée, he has unquestionably arrived, but at the cost of ignoring the other part of his aunt’s farewell: ‘you is we, remember you is we.’ First published almost fifteen years ago, The Intended’s portrayal of the instability of identity and relations between whites, African-Caribbeans and Asians in South London is as contemporary and pertinent as ever. As an Indian from Guyana, the narrator is seen as a ‘Paki’ by the English, and as some mongrel hybrid by ‘real’ Asians from India and Pakistan; as sharing a common British ‘Blackness’ whilst acutely conscious of the real cultural divisions between Africans and Indians back in Guyana.

“Painfully beautiful and true” – Maya Angelou

“Essential reading. He narrates his painful story with a deft and often humorous touch...” – Caryl Phillips

“Utterly serious, painfully honest and combining, with some originality, the light and the dark, the sweet and the bitter” – Anita Desai

“Passionate and honest... A vivid attempt to come to terms with the pain of immigrant experience” – The Observer

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David Dabydeen

David Dabydeen was born on a sugar estate in Berbice, Guyana in 1957.

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