Samuel Selvon is a Caribbean writer who lived from May 20, to April 16, His best-known works include the novel The Lonely Londoners and the short story collection Ways of Sunlight. Selvon's A Brighter Sun is set in Trinidad and centers on the hardships of Tiger, an East Indian peasant farmer struggling with his low station in life. He marries Urmilla at a young age and settles in a mud hut in the multi-ethnic community of Barataria.
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Samuel Selvon is a Caribbean writer who lived from May 20, to April 16, His best-known works include the novel The Lonely Londoners and the short story collection Ways of Sunlight. Selvon's A Brighter Sun is set in Trinidad and centers on the hardships of Tiger, an East Indian peasant farmer struggling with his low station in life.
He marries Urmilla at a young age and settles in a mud hut in the multi-ethnic community of Barataria. Their creole neighbors, Rita and Joe Martin, are much well-off than they are, and Tiger, aspiring to that level of comfort, accepts a job for an American construction company.
Soon, he invites his employers for dinner in his hut, borrowing utensils and an electric light from Rita. He gets drunk from the dinner, however, and beats the pregnant Urmilla out of frustration and the paranoid suspicion that she is cheating on him. Urmilla falls ill from this, and the two find it difficult to find a doctor due to racial discrimination - leading to, subsequently, a stillborn birth. This serves to be an awakening for Tiger, and he is forced to reevaluate his actions and personal values.
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A Brighter Sun
Although he has published nine books of fiction and is generally considered to be central to the West Indian literary renaissance of the s, criticism of his works has been limited to a few book reviews, paragraphs, and asides in articles on more general West Indian topics, and only recently in one complete article assessing his achievement. His novels are thus often easy pawns in larger discussions of West Indian literature, as well as objects of a sentimental nosE n g l is h St u d ie s in C anada, v, 2, Summer talgia. Selvon is especially associated with the romantic aura of peasant simplicity. To approach his work on this level is to distort and to miss the conscious skill with which he uses his art to overcome aethetic problems integral to the situations he portrays and the historic period he writes of.
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Set in World War II -era Trinidad, the story centers on a young Indian native named Tiger, who is placed in an arranged marriage at age Leaving home with his equally-young bride Urmilla, Tiger struggles to come to terms with his newly-acquired adult status and proving that he has, in fact, reached true manhood. The story also delves into the lives of Tiger's multi-ethnic neighbors in his new community of Barataria, the racism that is both subtly and openly expressed there and throughout Trinidad at large, and how the nation as a whole is affected by the war happening hundreds of miles away from the Caribbean shores. Community Showcase More.