Frank Ryan (review date 1974)
SOURCE: A review of When He Was Free and Young and He Used to Wear Silks, in Best Seller, Vol. 33, No. 19, January 1, 1974, p. 434–35.
[In the following review, Ryan praises Clarke's skillful use of memory as a source of inspiration for the characters in When He Was Free and Young and He Used to Wear Silks.]
That the black man from Barbados (and the West Indies in general) encounters unique problems when he enters Canadian and American cultures is made clear in [When He Was Free and Young and He Used to Wear Silks] this collection of eleven stories. He remembers the beauty of Barbados, its white sand, warm sun, family life, leisurely pace, and...
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