Buxton Spice

Buxton Spice

3.26 (145 ratings by Goodreads)
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In the chaotic multicultural atmosphere of Golden Grove, with African, Asian, Native American, and 'Putagee' voices mingling to create an exuberant language of Guyana's own, four little girls, two sets of sisters, all on the brink of puberty, are growing up. The town is peopled by vivid, stormy types - four mad people (including Uncle Joe the safe one), sexy Marilyn (an early developer), Rasta types, strict Catholic Portuguese mothers and slightly less strict Hindu ones, teachers, politicians, ministers, and the world, for the girls, is full of daily wonder and a constant assessing of just how far they can go. Against the background of their growing up is the disintegration of the state they live in, an encroaching but mysterious (to the children) political threat as state control tightens. Between them, they manage to make a free world for themselves, until the night when the Government cracks down and the girls are caught up in the mayhem.show more

Product details

  • Paperback
  • 110 x 177 x 15mm | 123g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion mass market paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Open Market ed
  • 0752826522
  • 9780752826523

Review Text

This first novel from Caribbean author Oonya Kempadoo is bursting with the sounds and smells of South America. Set in Guyana in the 1970s, its narrator is Lula, a girl whose senses are keen and who describes in vivid detail what she sees around her. 'The white paint that flaked off the windowsills would stick to my chin and the undersides of my arms. And the bare grey wood smelt sweet like skin, not mouldy like the black skirting board... that was always damp and eaten away at the bottom... As I swept the floor in the morning light, the dust would just rise up and float twinkling out the windows. The broom stroked every plank... all smooth.' The plot is subordinated to the senses; while we see events in Lula's life - her interaction with friends, and the changes in the society she is living in - the whole is caught up in the sensual experiences and language of everyday living. This is a novel to be lingered over. (Kirkus UK)show more

About Oonya Kempadoo

Oonya Kempadoo was born in England to Guyanese parents. BUXTON SPICE was her first novel, Her second novel, TIDE RUNNING, won the CASA DE LAS AMERICAS prize for best English or Creole novel.show more

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145 ratings
3.26 out of 5 stars
5 11% (16)
4 28% (41)
3 43% (62)
2 12% (17)
1 6% (9)
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