'adventurous, enthralling, well wrought'

Written by John Robert Lee for the Peepal Tree website on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

The Mermaid of Black Conch (Roffey), The Marvellous Equations of the Dread (Marcia Douglas) and The Frequency of Magic (Anthony Joseph) are three of the most adventurous, enthralling, well wrought books of Caribbean magical realism I read this year (or at any time).

Out of fairly recent urban/inner city/small island (Roffey) Caribbean social history these writers have shaped new Caribbean urban-folk mythologies, that are rooted, grounded in recognizable Caribbean life, experience, aspirations, language, culture, people. But these new mythologies, like all mythology, dig, delve, into deeps of truth about ourselves as human beings in our shared world. Major achievements in the ongoing, growing, expanding explorations of Caribbean literature.