The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (Paperback)
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DescriptionA beautifully written, unforgettable novel of a troubled marriage, set against the lush landscape and political turmoil of Trinidad Monique Roffey's Orange Prize-shortlisted novel is a gripping portrait of postcolonialism that stands among great works by Caribbean writers like Jamaica Kincaid and Andrea Levy. When George and Sabine Harwood arrive in Trinidad from England, George is immediately seduced by the beguiling island, while Sabine feels isolated, heat-fatigued, and ill-at-ease. As they adapt to new circumstances, their marriage endures for better or worse, despite growing political unrest and racial tensions that affect their daily lives. But when George finds a cache of letters that Sabine has hidden from him, the discovery sets off a devastating series of consequences as other secrets begin to emerge.
- Published: 26 April 2011
- Format: Paperback 439 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780143119517 ISBN 10: 0143119516
- Sales rank: 319,351
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Immigrate to Trinidad?
The white woman on the green bicycle by Monique Roffey was an intriguing read set in Trinidad. Wish my head wasn't so stufffed up so I could think more clearly about the structure and voice of this novel.
Sabine is the white woman on the green bicycle, and it's her voice that comes through most clearly. She and her husband George come to Trinidad in 1957 from England (George is British, Sabine is French).
The novel covers the handover of Trinidad from a British protectorate to an independent state, and also covers the life of George's & Sabine's marriage. George & Sabine come to Trinidad for a temporary 3-year posting that turns into a much longer stay. George is happy in Trinidad, Sabine is not.
However, the first third of the book takes place in 2006, and begins with the thorough and intentional beating of the adult child of one of George's & Sabine's employees by the police, and George's & Sabine's inability to do anything constructive about the incident, let alone the police and governmental corruption endemic in Trinidad.
Part love story (George & Sabine, George and Trinidad, Sabine & PM), some insight into power and politics. This is a story of the immigration of white Europeans into a majority black Caribbean nation. by markon