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This time the prose is more controlled, the poetic self-seductions reined in. Which does not mean that D'Aguiar eschews beauty or invention: The space under a porch "retains last night's cool and a harvest of shadows"; a church stabs a "clean wooden finger into the face of heaven". He proceeds in creole, in play form, in lists.
And both his sentences and the structure of his novels work like the waves of the Atlantic that so often divide his characters from those they love, lapping at the shore, retreating, returning, shaping things in their path. After a bruising encounter with an aunt, Bethany Bettany runs for the comfort of her father's grave and, lying on top of it, drifts into "a dreamless sleep.
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A sleep with my mouth open like a salamander. The jacket copy claims that Bethany Bettany is a symbol for the state of Guyana, for the spirit of a people looking for post-independence wholeness. Perhaps, but this is the least successful, grafted-on aspect of the book.
The real subject here is the physical Guyana - its singular confusion of races and languages, its groves of tamarind, sapodilla and greenheart, its bats, alligators and iguanas, betrayed by a border war fought in a jungle where no one pays attention to borders anyway. Your subscription will end shortly. Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your access to the most informative and considered journalism in the UK. Click here to see more Tap here to see more Tap here to see more.
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The only thing that got me through this book was the author's strong diction and beautiful prose. The book is extremely abstract, with no set plot.
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