Posted by: koolwine | April 3, 2014

Guyana: Buxton Spice

guyana_buxton-spiceAmidst the political and racial turmoil of the 1970s, four Guyanese girls revel in the onset of puberty.

Country Focus: Guyana

Buxton Spice
By Oonya Kempadoo
Originally published by Dutton, 2000.
My edition: Plume, 1994.
170 pgs.

Genre: Fiction
Time period:
1970s

Notes: Kempadoo grew up in Golden Grove, Guyana. She has published two other novels, Tide Running (set in Tobago) and All Decent Animals (set in Trinidad).

World Lit Up Rating:
(On a scale of 1-5, with 1 book = turned off and 5 books = lit up)

Quote:

Oonya Kempadoo

Oonya Kempadoo

“First we had to get rid of all the Saturday-morning dust and the dirt from all the hands that had touched them [newly purchased bras]. Watch them drying in the sun on the line, sparkling, swinging in the breeze, so new. And then at last to walk down the road with a brassière on. Strapped up and stiff like a harness, but not much to put in it. Racehorses, prancy-like. No feeling of shirt on your nipples, a hot space there instead. Looking down and seeing sharp points sticking the shirt out. And before that, the new figure in the mirror. Looked best with a loose white T-shirt with sleeves rolled up. Casual. We galloped around on the road all that evening, checking each other’s chests when we faced the wind.”

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