Season of Adventure takes place two years after San Cristobal has gained its independence from Great Britain. Divided into two parts, “Arriving and Returning” and “The Revolt of the Drums,” the novel traces, through Fola Piggott’s life history, the breakdown of colonialism and construction of the new republic.
The novel opens with the native religious ritual of resurrecting the dead, the Ceremony of Souls. Fola, who has been immersed in British culture through her schooling and her home life, attends the ceremony only to please her teacher, Charlot Pressior, who accompanies her. Once there, however, the music of steel drums helps reestablish her connection with her own culture. She becomes dissatisfied with her sheltered upbringing.
Although she has always felt closer to her stepfather than to her mother, she rejects them both in an attempt to become independent and to discover her roots by finding out who her natural father is. Her obsession with learning this information takes her first to lower-class sections of the city, where she meets Chiki in a bar. Hoping that Chiki can help her, she begins visiting him in the Forest Reserve he owns, home to the very poorest of the islanders, many of whom have no education, no work, and no future. These inhabitants isolate themselves from society and wish only to be left alone, away from harassment by the police.
One day Chiki paints a portrait of a man neither he nor Fola has ever seen. Shortly afterward, Vice...
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