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Limestone : an epic poem of Barbados

Author: Tony Kellman
Publisher: Leeds : Peepal Tree Press, 2008.
Series: Caribbean literature.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Limestone is the epic poem of Barbados. Drawing on the rhythms of the Tuk or ruk-a-tuk bands, Anthony Kellman employs indigenous Barbadian verse forms to tell the story of the island from the genocide of the Amerindians, up to the present day." "Through a web of the voices and stories of invented and actual historical figures, through moments of high drama and a lyrical eye for the undertones of social change,  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kellman, Tony, 1955-
Limestone.
Leeds : Peepal Tree Press, 2008
(OCoLC)149151329
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Kellman
OCLC Number: 560430201
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (1 online resourec (208 pages))
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series Title: Caribbean literature.
Responsibility: Anthony Kellman.

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"Limestone is the epic poem of Barbados. Drawing on the rhythms of the Tuk or ruk-a-tuk bands, Anthony Kellman employs indigenous Barbadian verse forms to tell the story of the island from the genocide of the Amerindians, up to the present day." "Through a web of the voices and stories of invented and actual historical figures, through moments of high drama and a lyrical eye for the undertones of social change, Limestone explores the contradictory richness of what it means to be Barbadian." "It tells how English colonists, white indentured labourers, absentee planters and African slaves shaped the island's often violent beginnings and probes beyond the historical record to explore the inner motivations of figures such as Anna Fortuna, betrayer of Cuffee's rebellion, and Bussa and Nanny Grigg, leaders of the 1816 revolt." "Through the stories of the exiled African King Jaja, the confederacy riots of 1876 and the Clement Payne rebellion of 1937, Limestone records the people's unquenchable desire for freedom, whilst through the voices of those who led the constitutional struggle against colonialism - in particular Grantley Adams and Errol Barrow - Kellman explores the temptations of personal power and the anguish of reluctant compromise. And as the queues of would-be emigrants at the American consulate lengthen, the poem asks: who has benefited from the people's struggles of the past?" "The stories of present day characters Livingston, a young musician, and Levinia, a teacher, explore the complex relationship of many contemporary Barbadians to their homeland: deep attachment and an equal frustration over the absence of opportunities." "Fourteen years in the making, Limestone is a treasure house of image, sound and rhythm that moves, entertains and absorbs the reader in its world."--BOOK JACKET.

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