Cynric Williams’ Hamel, the Obeah Man () is the first novel written in or about the West Indies to feature an obeah practitioner as. Anonymous, Hamel, the Obeah Man, London: Macmillan, , xxvi, pages. The book Hamel, the. Notes. Abstract: Book description from critical edition from Broadview Press: “Hamel, the Obeah Man is set against the backdrop of early.
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Hamel, the spiritual leader of the rebels, becomes more and more central to the story, and is a surprisingly powerful and ultimately ambiguous figure. He is a treacherous, cowardly, sneaking, manipulative, hypocritical, lying, conscienceless, child-murdering arsonist and rapist.
Kimberly Diaram marked it as to-read Sep 19, Yet, in Hamel this reconfiguration of Gothic tropes is far more complex than what emerges from the comparatively few lines devoted to the novel by Paravisini-Gebert, and it is my aim here to examine this complexity. Hamel, the Obeah Man Written by: I do think he soft-pedals the amount of violence facing the slaves in their daily lives.
Michal is at peace with her complete self: He has not a redeeming feature. Representatives of the latter had long labored to make the British public aware of the inhumanity of slavery and the cruelties practiced in the British slave colonies, a campaign that resulted in the abolition of the slave trade in This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
Project MUSE – Racism and Radicalism in Jamaican Gothic: Cynric R. Williams’s Hamel, The Obeah Man
Not its human aspect so much as the island itself: There are oeah discussion topics on this book yet. Like other Jamaican fictions produced at the same time, it was written from a viewpoint sympathetic to the plight of the white planters, and is thus, as Edward Kamau Brathwaite puts it, “deeply race conscious and colour prejudiced.
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Hamel, the Obeah man
The plot is frankly unbelievable, not least in being based on a paternalist fantasy that most poor people, given a choice, would prefer slave status to being free. Rikki msn it Feb 20, You get some insight into his feelings about the tsunami of moral superiority thundering over the ocean from abolitionist Britain – that rouses him to a near-frenzy.
Andres Mendez Diaz Granados marked it as to-read Dec 17, In producing this edition of HamelWard and Watson do an impressive job in shifting the temporal boundaries of Anglophone Caribbean literature from its assumed twentieth-century origins, and Caribbeanists of all stripes will be grateful for their intellectual labor.
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Hamel, the Obeah Man
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Published October 5th by Broadview Press Inc first published Refresh and try again. This is such an unusual book. Goudie, Pennsylvania State University. James Ketchum marked it as to-read May 26, Subscribe To Our Newsletter Name. I even think Williams had hameo to write another book, perhaps taking up the story of Michal, whom he clearly sees as his most fascinating character.
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Very slow moving and murky, with the usual mix of jealousy, lust, ambition and cruelty Want to Read saving…. Corina Karstenberg marked it as to-read Sep 01, Dominick added it Sep 26, But, but – he makes you feel things from his perspective sometimes. Its presence has sunk permanently into his mind.
His excuse for keeping the status quo seems to be that hamep alternative social model offered by England is equally bad. Yes, my jaw dropped too. His other obvious love is for mixed-race Jamaican women – often stunningly beautiful, and, unlike white women, not vacuum-packed in deadening sexual purity. In the s, they were taking the struggle further by agitating in Parliament for total emancipation. The whites offer him gold, and a life of peace and honour. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
No, mostly they’re idiots. He will go back “to my mother’s country”. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Daniel marked it as to-read Nov 09,