In this classic Caribbean novel, first published in 1960, and now reisued for the first time, Peter Lauchmonen Kempadoo draws on his own life as the son of sugar workers to portray a world lacking in freedom, but where the workers struggle to maintain their identity as Madrassis in their rice plots, their fishing expeditions and in the feasts and festivities their ancestors brought from India. Still as fresh as the day it was written, Guyana Boy is important as one of the first Caribbean novels 'of the people' to be written by one who came from within that world.
On the estate, little is hidden from children, and Guyana Boy relates Lilboy's growing awareness of both sexuality and death. He witnesses the terror of Pa's battle with dying and learns from his layabout Uncle Tomby that keeping two women has its perils as well as pleasures, and what was Teacher Cort doing to the donkey? Above all, Guyana Boy is an unforgettable recreation of the sights, smells, sounds and other sensual pleasures of a rural childhood.