Analysis Of The Haunted Tropics

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One key aspect of a Caribbean identity is the shared history of colonialism and slavery that produced what people know as the Caribbean today. The book, The Haunted Tropics: Caribbean Ghost Stories consists of fifteen (15) stories and two hundred and fifteen pages (215). Martin Munro has put together a collection of stories of some of the region 's leading contemporary authors, from the Anglophone, francophone and Hispanophone Caribbean, as well as the United States and Canada. The contributors include: Madison Smartt Bell, Maryse Conde’, Fred D’Aguiar, Roberto Fernandez, Keith Jardim, Helen Klonaris, Earl Lovelace, Shani Mootoo, Geoffery Philip, Alake Pligrim, Gisele Pineau, Particia Powell, Lawrence scott, Marvin Victor and Elizabeth Scott-Hackshaw.

The anthology is brought to a start by Condé, a Guadeloupean author of historical fiction, with her story “The Obeah man Obeahed”, one of the strongest pieces in the book; it is a tale of a man who brings the woman he desires back from the dead. Other notable stories include “Blue Crabs,” which ties together the idea of the shape shifting lagahoo with male violence, both psychological and physical, and other stories that are centered on the belief in an Afterlife such as: “Awakening”,” Ghost Children”, “Travelling” and “Voyage of the Centipede”. “Dawn of the dread”, written by Philip and the “Gross Islet” ghost stories, to name a few, show the different religions in the region such as Christianity and Rastafarianism. Flavius
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