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The lushness of language and the landscape, wild contrasts, and pure storytelling magic abound in this anthology of Caribbean writing. Steeped in the tradition of fabulism, where the irrational and inexplicable coexist with the realities of daily life, the stories in this collection are infused with a vitality and freshness that most writing traditions have long ago lost. The lushness of language and the landscape, wild contrasts, and pure storytelling magic abound in this anthology of Caribbean writing. Steeped in the tradition of fabulism, where the irrational and inexplicable coexist with the realities of daily life, the stories in this collection are infused with a vitality and freshness that most writing traditions have long ago lost. From spectral slaving ships to women who shed their skin at night to become owls, stories from writers such as Jamaica Kincaid, Marcia Douglas, Ian MacDonald, and Kamau Brathwaite pulse with rhythms, visions, and the tortured history of this spiritually rich region of the world.


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The lushness of language and the landscape, wild contrasts, and pure storytelling magic abound in this anthology of Caribbean writing. Steeped in the tradition of fabulism, where the irrational and inexplicable coexist with the realities of daily life, the stories in this collection are infused with a vitality and freshness that most writing traditions have long ago lost. The lushness of language and the landscape, wild contrasts, and pure storytelling magic abound in this anthology of Caribbean writing. Steeped in the tradition of fabulism, where the irrational and inexplicable coexist with the realities of daily life, the stories in this collection are infused with a vitality and freshness that most writing traditions have long ago lost. From spectral slaving ships to women who shed their skin at night to become owls, stories from writers such as Jamaica Kincaid, Marcia Douglas, Ian MacDonald, and Kamau Brathwaite pulse with rhythms, visions, and the tortured history of this spiritually rich region of the world.

57 review for Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jherane Patmore

    I don't think I've ever read a Caribbean anthology more wonderfully and carefully curated. A brilliant and vibrant collection that I will definitely be re-reading soon. I think this collection is out of print but if you find it get a copy and buy one for someone who loves the strange, mystical and beautiful things about the Caribbean. I don't think I've ever read a Caribbean anthology more wonderfully and carefully curated. A brilliant and vibrant collection that I will definitely be re-reading soon. I think this collection is out of print but if you find it get a copy and buy one for someone who loves the strange, mystical and beautiful things about the Caribbean.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Avi

    If you never read another short story in the entire compilation please read the story by Nalo Hopkinson

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Lynn Kramer

    4.5 After reading 3 and a half of the stories in Skin Folk I was prepared to dnf the rest. They weren't bad stories, just not to my taste. Then I read a review that mentioned The Glass Bottle Trick was a Blue Beard retelling and I couldn't bring myself to pass it up. This little gem was just what I was looking for. It's subtle but powerful in its imagery and the ending was the perfect balance of teasing and satisfying. 4.5 After reading 3 and a half of the stories in Skin Folk I was prepared to dnf the rest. They weren't bad stories, just not to my taste. Then I read a review that mentioned The Glass Bottle Trick was a Blue Beard retelling and I couldn't bring myself to pass it up. This little gem was just what I was looking for. It's subtle but powerful in its imagery and the ending was the perfect balance of teasing and satisfying.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I read this story for a class but I found that I was still thinking about it days later. Many things about it stuck with me and I felt that it was incredibly well-written. Superb foreshadowing and characterization.

  5. 5 out of 5

    liz

    For some reason, short story anthologies take me FOREVER to get through. There were some good ones here, but hands down "Just a Lark (or the Crypt of Matthew Ashdown)" by Roger McTair was my favorite. For some reason, short story anthologies take me FOREVER to get through. There were some good ones here, but hands down "Just a Lark (or the Crypt of Matthew Ashdown)" by Roger McTair was my favorite.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    *Read for class. I'm reading this one, again, for my paper on Bluebeard's plot transformation. An interesting take with an unresolved ending. *Read for class. I'm reading this one, again, for my paper on Bluebeard's plot transformation. An interesting take with an unresolved ending.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Siemann

    Some of these stories were more to my personal taste than others, but this is an important and worthwhile collection.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    I like to read books like this while vacationing in the Caribbean.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mitchel

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    Michael Daines

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    Jillana Enteen

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    Paul Wilde-Hickman

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    Aurora Morales

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    Diana Verwey

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    Jamella Vansertima

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    Michelle

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    Tammi

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liz Hietkamp

  20. 5 out of 5

    Helen Merrick

  21. 5 out of 5

    Miakoda

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Judaye

  25. 4 out of 5

    Malice

  26. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

  27. 4 out of 5

    HoneyySunshyne

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    Abigail

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yemi Amu

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jane Alberdeston

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    Tara Betts

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    Jess Miller

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    Lucy

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    Stephen

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    Ann

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    Anacaona

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    Cherryl

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    KT

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    J. Rogue

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    Kali

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    Christine

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    Adam Hodgins

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    Ching-In

  48. 5 out of 5

    Rona Fernandez

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    Kristin

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    Megan

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    ndelamiko lord

  52. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

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    Alseta

  54. 5 out of 5

    Camille

  55. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Tobiason

  56. 5 out of 5

    Asha

  57. 5 out of 5

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