Island People Pdf

Island People

Number of page: 464
Author: Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780385349772
Rating:
Category: Travel

A masterwork of travel literature and of history: voyaging from Cuba to Jamaica, Puerto Rico to Trinidad, Haiti to Barbados, and islands in between, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of each society, its culture and politics, connecting this region’s common heritage to its fierce grip on the world’s imagination. From the moment Columbus gazed out from the Santa María’s deck in 92 at what he mistook for an island off Asia, the Caribbean has been subjected to the misunderstandings and fantasies of outsiders. Running roughshod over the place,  they have viewed these islands and their inhabitants as exotic allure to be consumed or conquered. The Caribbean stood at the center of the transatlantic slave trade for more than three hundred years, with societies shaped by mass migrations and forced labor.  But its people, scattered across a vast archipelago and separated by the languages of their colonizers, have nonetheless together helped make the modern world—its politics, religion, economics, music, and culture. Jelly-Schapiro gives a sweeping account of how these islands’ inhabitants have searched and fought for better lives. With wit and erudition, he chronicles this “place where globalization began,” and introduces us to its forty million people who continue to decisively shape our world.From the Hardcover edition.

Preview pages:

  • preview 1
  • preview 2
  • preview 3
  • preview 4

About The Author

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, New York, Harper’s, the Believer, Artforum, and The Nation, among many other publications. Educated at Yale and Berkeley, he is the co-editor, with Rebecca Solnit, of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, and a visiting scholar at New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge. This is his first book.

From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews:

  •  Rachel Bridgewater Rachel Bridgewater
    Island People: The Caribbean and the World Geographer, writer for The New Yorker, Harper’s, and the Believer, and visiting scholar at New York University Jelly-Schapiro’s book melds vivid travel narrative with rigorous and detailed history as
Similar books:

  • Fighting Slavery in the Caribbean: The Life and Times of a British Family in Nineteenth-Century Havana

    Fighting Slavery in the Caribbean: The Life and Times of a British Family in Nineteenth-Century Havana
    Fighting Slavery in the Caribbeanis a social history of mid nineteenth century Cuba as experienced by George Backhouse and his wife Grace who served on the Anglo Spanish Havana Mixed Commission for the Suppression of the Slave Trade Through richly textured prose enlivened with extracts from the Backhouses correspondence diaries and other contemporary papers Martinez Fernandez paints a detailed picture of the Cuban slave trade its role in the sugar industry and the interrelated contradictions within Cuba s economy society and politics The Backhouse story provides insights into important aspects of life in the male city of Havana social antagonisms between Britons and North Americans interactions within European social circles religious tension gender relations and the reality of tropical disease High drama is added to the narrative in the author s description of the tragic and mysterious murder of George Backhouse in August 1855 possibly the result of a slave traders conspiracy

  • Journal of a West India Proprietor

    Journal of a West India Proprietor
    English novelist MATTHEW GREGORY LEWIS 17751818 earned the nickname Monk Lewis after the success of his novel The Monk But here in this nonfiction work he dramatizes often in humorous and insightful fashion his two year long stays on the island of Jamaica in 18156 and in 1817 Lewis died at sea the next year returning from the West Indies which hardly seems surprising when one reads his descriptions of the dangerous Atlantic crossing when wicked weather and dying livestock meant to serve as food threatened all aboard But his joy in the beauty of his estates in Jamaica and his enjoyment of the peopleboth native and colonialhe encountered there is palpable As a journal of plantation life during slavery too it serves as a potent firsthand document of significant historical import Readers of fiction history and personal diaries will delight in this often overlooked work of early 19th century literature

  • The Middle Passage

    The Middle Passage
    In 1960 the government of Trinidad invited V S Naipaul to revisit his native country and record his impressions In this classic of modern travel writing he has created a deft and remarkably prescient portrait of Trinidad and four adjacent Caribbean societies countries haunted by the legacies of slavery and colonialism and so thoroughly defined by the norms of Empire that they can scarcely believe that the Empire is ending In The Middle Passage Naipaul watches a Trinidadian movie audience greeting Humphrey Bogart s appearance with cries of That is man He ventures into a Trinidad slum so insalubrious that the locals call it the Gaza Strip He follows a racially charged election campaign in British Guiana now Guyana and marvels at the Gallic pretension of Martinique society which maintains the fiction that its roads are extensions of France s routes nationales And throughout he relates the ghastly episodes of the region s colonial past and shows how they continue to inform its language politics and values The result is a work of novelistic vividness and dazzling perspicacity that displays Naipaul at the peak of his powers

  • Island Possessed

    Island Possessed
    Just as surely as Haiti is possessed by the gods and spirits of vaudun voodoo the island possessed Katherine Dunham when she first went there in 1936 to study dance and ritual In this book Dunham reveals how her anthropological research her work in dance and her fascination for the people and cults of Haiti worked their spell catapulting her into experiences that she was often lucky to survive Here Dunham tells how the island came to be possessed by the demons of voodoo and other cults imported from various parts of Africa as well as by the deep class divisions particularly between blacks and mulattos and the political hatred still very much in evidence today Full of the flare and suspense of immersion in a strange and enchanting culture Island Possessed is also a pioneering work in the anthropology of dance and a fascinating document on Haitian politics and voodoo