A Brighter Sun Additional Summary

Samuel Selvon


(Literary Essentials: African American Literature)

Barratt, Harold. “Dialect, Maturity, and the Land in Sam Selvon’s A Brighter Sun: A Reply.” English Studies in Canada 7, no. 3 (Fall, 1981): 329-337. Takes issue with both Birbalsingh and MacDonald (below). First, Barratt demonstrates that Tiger’s developing consciousness is the paramount element of the novel and that the novel is more than “a mere photographic representation of quaint, exotic local customs”; second, he argues that Tiger’s focus is not on dialect and language but on education, and that he does not want to escape from the land.

Birbalsingh, Frank. “Samuel Selvon and the West Indian Literary Renaissance.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 8, no. 3 (1977): 5-22. Proposes that the narrative technique in A Brighter Sun is freely associative, loosely interweaving episodes in Tiger’s life with occasional insights into politics and sociology, and that the dominant tone is comic and farcical rather than pathetic.

Cartey, Wilfred. “The Rituals of the Folk: The Crossing of Rhythms.” In Whispers from the Caribbean: I Going Away, I Going Home. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1991. Argues that A Brighter Sun depicts rigid ethnic and racial attitudes in the older folk but a movement toward a merging of races in the younger ones. There is harmony...

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