Reading about Trinidad & Tobago: The Dragon Can’t Dance

On a hot streak with the books I’m picking: The Dragon Can’t Dance by Trinidadian author Earl Lovelace is another absolute winner.

Delving into life in Calvary Hill, a marginalized neighborhood in Trinidad’s capital city of Port of Spain, this novel takes on the topics of colonialism, racism, poverty, gender roles, aging and more in the most masterful way.

I’m not sure that I’ve ever read a book with deeper character development, especially the interior journey of the protagonist, Aldrick. Now that I know him, I’ll never forget him. I feel like I’ve been allowed a glimpse into a world that I would never have otherwise been exposed to, and am grateful for the introduction.

Carnival Band

Carnival Band
(image by Dr. Ted Hill, via Wikimedia Commons)

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One thought on “Reading about Trinidad & Tobago: The Dragon Can’t Dance

  1. biblioglobal November 8, 2014 / 6:44 pm

    Wow, that’s a great endorsement! I’ve been looking for a reason to avoid reading V.S. Naipaul for Trinidad and Tobago and you’ve given me one.

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