A Reader posted a review at 2009-01-24 09:09:26.
This book gives a very informative and accurate account of the state and life in 1930s Trinidad caught between its colony past and a present monopolized by American military existance and the island's involvement in the second world war.
Tiger is the main character of the story. He is a southern Trinidadian boy of Indian ancestry who gets married off at 16. The story is of his struggles as a "man" and trying to make a living as well as understand life and what it means to him as he understands himself.
From this book you learn of the many predujices in the beautiful island, be it race or class. The struggle of the poor is maginified by their color. Tiger is an ambitious boy and you feel for him while reading, until he becomes one of the men, beating his pregnant wife and getting drunk nights on end.
Selvon is very accurate with the Trini english, and writes beautifully. I ick him over Naipaul any day.