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Friday, 7 November 2008

Walcott/Obama part two

Perhaps Barack Obama came across the poem Derek Walcott wrote for him, published two days ago in the London Times, and wanted to read more of Walcott's work; or perhaps Obama's a longtime fan. Who knows. What's certain is that this morning, on his way to the big meeting with his financial advisors, the president-elect was spotted carrying a newish looking paperback copy of Walcott's Collected Poems, the Farrar Straus Giroux edition....

Quick, Antilles readers, what other Caribbean books would you recommend to Obama, and why? I myself hope he has time to read Naipaul's Suffrage of Elvira before the Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain next April, so that he'll know what he's getting himself into, meeting with Trinidadian politicians....

2 comments:

http://geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com/ said...

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FSJL said...

I'd recommend The Spoiler's Return in line with Geoff's suggestion, but I think The Mimic Men a better analysis of Caribbean politicians than The Suffrage of Elvira. I'd even recommend Ruler in Hiroona as a classic West Indian political novel.