Stewart Brown and Ian McDonald present a multi-faceted portrait of the significance of cricket to the Caribbean and the attraction of Caribbean cricket to the world outside. With poems, calypsos, stories, extracts from novels, essays, speeches, cricket journalism and essays about cricket writing, the editors show cricket inhabiting all areas of the Caribbean imagination.
From its expression at the highest level on the global field of play, to the no less titanic struggles on the bumpier fields of the village or the sugar estate, this is a celebration of those who forged an art out of a game, those who transformed a colonial sport into the cutting edge of Caribbean nationalism, and, in the 1970s and 80s changed forever the nature of the game. Over both editors hovers the benign ghost of that great West Indian CLR James, and The Bowling Was Superfine is not least a worthy act of homage to the writer whose Beyond a Boundary first revealed the convergence of Caribbean being and cricket.
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Ian McDonald is Trinidadian by birth and Guyanese by long residence and adoption. He is the author of the recently filmed The Hummingbird Tree, four collections of poetry and a play. He edits Kyk-over-Al.
Published: 28 February 2012