Crown Jewel: Radical West Indian Historical Fiction, by Ralph de Boissiere


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De Boissiere was born in Trinidad in 1907, the son of solicitor Armand de Boissiere and his English wife Maude Harper.  He was educated at Queens Royal College. The injustices of society gradually came to dominate de Boissiere's thinking and writing. As a young man he found sympathetic attitudes in books among English and especially Russian writers. His sympathies were with the poor and he saw the ugliness of developing capitalism.
      - Anthony Milne, journalist, Trinidad Express newspapers
   
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University of the West Indies Professor Ken Ramchand says "De Boissiere's work combines social realism and political commitment with a concern for the culture of the feeling within the individual in a way that is unique not only among West Indian writers but among writers with a social conscience
anywhere in the world."

Ramchand stresses that Crown Jewel and Rum and Coca Cola are essential reading for an understanding of the rich possibilities of young Trinidad in the 1930s and 1940s and the subtle makings of what renowned WI writer Sam Selvon called "the Trinidadian person."

The book made its way to Eastern Europe, where it was translated into six or seven languages, and also found its way home to Trinidad. In 1982, it was published in Britain after Salman Rushdie praised it... and... it received a good review in the New York Review of Books."

-- Anthony Milne. has worked as a journalist with Trinidad Express newspapers since July 1981, covering politics, parliament and just about everything else under the sun.

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