No Man in the House

No Man in the House A moving story rich in detail told with great sensitivity and affection NEW YORK NEWSDAYIt is Howard lives a hand to mouth existence in the small island protectorate of Barbados with his brothe

  • Title: No Man in the House
  • Author: Cecil Foster
  • ISBN: 9780345388995
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • A moving story, rich in detail, told with great sensitivity and affection NEW YORK NEWSDAYIt is 1964 Howard lives a hand to mouth existence in the small island protectorate of Barbados with his brothers, two aunts, and his grandmother He is waiting for his parents, who left for England long ago, to send for him And as the sparks of independence crackle all around them A moving story, rich in detail, told with great sensitivity and affection NEW YORK NEWSDAYIt is 1964 Howard lives a hand to mouth existence in the small island protectorate of Barbados with his brothers, two aunts, and his grandmother He is waiting for his parents, who left for England long ago, to send for him And as the sparks of independence crackle all around them, Howard s life changes forever when Mr Bradshaw, a black headmaster, is hired for his school Howard begins to blossom under Bradshaw s guidance, and learns that neither freedom nor knowledge comes without sacrifice, and that even battles won leave victims In this beautiful, poignant, and ultimately hopeful novel, the fate of one Bajan family rests in the hands of change change that only liberation and learning can bring.

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    1. Barbados sounds like a tropical paradise, but it is a place of hunger, bullying, anxiety, worry, cooking outside in the back yard, pounding laundry on rocks, balancing buckets of water from a community standpipe to the backyard bucket, chicken and turkeys in the backyard, rain coming in the roof of the shack, for Howard, a young boy whose parents have moved off to England and left him and his two brothers in the care of his grandmother. The parents at first send money and gifts, but the money st [...]

    2. I love books by Caribbean authors set in the Caribbean. They capture the rhythm and soul of the islands.I visited Barbados nine months ago and when I returned I wanted to prolong the experience. I searched for books set in Barbados and found No Man in the House. It took me a while to pick it up but I'm glad I finally did. Foster's prose made me feel as if I had returned to the beautiful island of Barbados, only I was experiencing it from the local perspective. Foster accurately captures the plig [...]

    3. Loved this story. As a tourist, we get to see the shiny side of the island but Foster shows us that life is much different for a native Bajan. This is a beautiful story of hope and promise set during the independence of Barbados.

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