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First published in London in 1939, Minty Alley is now made available for the first time to American readers. In the pages of this work C. L. R. James is both an imaginative political theorist and a sensitive commentator on the West Indian social and cultural scene.

James's novel has been acclaimed as "a ground-breaking example of regional social realism" and as "a major forerunner of the Caribbean literary movements in English." Many of James's readers believe that it is not possible fully to comprehend Caribbean literary art in English without first reading Minty Alley. In the interactions of the characters of Maisie, Haynes, Mrs. Rouse, and Benoit, James discerns new forms of society rooted in the oldest of desires and aspirations. In the everyday language of the unforgettable dialogues in the novel James reveals new modes of human relationships.

Haynes, a young middle-class lodger at No. 2 Minty Alley, becomes both confidant and judge as he examines the other inhabitants at this address. From his experiences he realizes the mutually impoverishing alienation of the educated West Indian from the mainstream. Through Haynes's vivid narration James presents the rich cultural life on Minty Alley. Haynes, an outsider among people of lower class, knows his fellow lodgers only as they have revealed themselves to him through their speech and actions, yet each has a mysterious inner life.

Frequently reprinted in the United Kingdom, Minty Alley at last reaches the United States so that American readers can learn what much of the rest of the English-speaking world has long known, that before such masterworks as The Black Jacobins, World Revolution, and Beyond a Boundary, C. L. R. James had already made his mark as one of the foremost of West Indian novelists.

Copublished with New Beacon Books Ltd.

C. L. R. James (1901-1989) was a leading figure in the Pan-African movement. He has been called the most distinguished West Indian of modern times.

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The only novel by this world-renowned West Indian revolutionary and social critic

Synopsis:

There is a strong belief among devotees of C.L.R. James that it is not possible to have full comprehension of Caribbean literary art in English without first reading Minty Alley. Although frequently reprinted in the United Kingdom, Minty Alley at last reaches the United States. In this ground-breaking novel, James discerns new forms of society rooted in the oldest of desires and aspirations through the interactions of the characters of Maisie, Haynes, Mrs. Rouse, and Benoit. In the everyday language and unforgettable dialogue James reveals new modes of human relationships. Haynes, a young middle-class lodger at No. 2 Minty Alley, becomes both confidant and judge as he examines the other inhabitants at this address. From his experiences he is made aware of the educated West Indian's impoverishing alienation from society's mainstream. Through Haynes's vivid narration James reveals the rich cultural life on Minty Alley. Haynes, an outsider among people of lower class, knows his fellow lodgers only as they have revealed themselves to him through their speech and actions, yet each has a mysterious inner life.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781578060276
Introduction:
Ramchand, Kenneth
Author:
Ramchand, Kenneth
Introduction by:
Ramchand, Kenneth
Introduction:
Ramchand, Kenneth
Author:
James, C. L. R.
Author:
James, Cyril Lionel Robert
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Location:
Jackson :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
West Indies
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Social classes -- West Indies -- Fiction.
Subject:
West Indies Social life and customs.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 600
Publication Date:
19970931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
244
Dimensions:
7.01x5.07x.74 in. .57 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , There is a strong belief among devotees of C.L.R. James that it is not possible to have full comprehension of Caribbean literary art in English without first reading Minty Alley. Although frequently reprinted in the United Kingdom, Minty Alley at last reaches the United States. In this ground-breaking novel, James discerns new forms of society rooted in the oldest of desires and aspirations through the interactions of the characters of Maisie, Haynes, Mrs. Rouse, and Benoit. In the everyday language and unforgettable dialogue James reveals new modes of human relationships. Haynes, a young middle-class lodger at No. 2 Minty Alley, becomes both confidant and judge as he examines the other inhabitants at this address. From his experiences he is made aware of the educated West Indian's impoverishing alienation from society's mainstream. Through Haynes's vivid narration James reveals the rich cultural life on Minty Alley. Haynes, an outsider among people of lower class, knows his fellow lodgers only as they have revealed themselves to him through their speech and actions, yet each has a mysterious inner life.
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