New West Indian Guide 88

New West Indian Guide 88

(2014) page 68

Turning to the Anglophone West Indies, As Flies to Whatless Boys (New York: Akashic, 2013, paper US$ 15.95), Trinidadian Robert Antoni’s latest novel, is by turns gripping and hilarious, a wonderful tall tale of a group of nineteenth- century English pioneers in Trinidad, led by a madcap German charlatan- inventor of such machines as a sugar crystallizer that requires neither heat nor labor and a sea-going vessel that operates by wave power alone, all told in wonderful Trini vernacular and with a side-splitting set of fictional emails from the randy director of the T&T archives to the author. It’s pure joy.

 

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