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B. G. Bhagee: Memories of a Colonial Childhood
     

B. G. Bhagee: Memories of a Colonial Childhood

by Philippa Perry
 

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B.G. is British Guiana; Bhagee is a fiery local stew.
Philippa was the second daughter in a family of six children growing up in mid-20th century in colonial Guyana.
She recounts her Sisyphean trials growing up a Carrington in Lot 10, First Street, Georgetown -- from the women's battles to the neighbours that never wore clothes to the relatives who walked with

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B.G. is British Guiana; Bhagee is a fiery local stew.
Philippa was the second daughter in a family of six children growing up in mid-20th century in colonial Guyana.
She recounts her Sisyphean trials growing up a Carrington in Lot 10, First Street, Georgetown -- from the women's battles to the neighbours that never wore clothes to the relatives who walked with their shoes in their hands.
Her stories come from a lost civilization of pre-independence stability just as the anarchic blessing of democracy came to the Caribbean.
Her escapes came by winning scholarships -- first to Bishops, the prestigious girls' school where new trials and adventures awaited her, and later to Connecticut College.

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Perry grew up in British Guyana, the second daughter in a middle-class family of six. Despite its socioeconomic standing, her family struggled with poverty and survived in part on the generosity of wealthier relatives. Perry weaves together vignettes of her neighbors and family, painting a rich portrait of a country on the cusp of change. While she touches on aspects of Guyana’s independence, mostly she examines her own escape from poverty through education. Additionally, she contrasts her experiences with those of the country as it gained independence, giving readers a detailed portrait of a tumultuous time. Perry’s prose boasts rich imagery and compelling rhythm. However, the individual stories—which work well as discrete tales—feel disconnected, and readers will have trouble understanding how they connect to form an overarching tale—if an overarching tale was even intended. Readers will lose track of the characters and their connections to each other, but they will also appreciate the poignancy and drama of individual moments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461192190
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/09/2011
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Meet the Author

Guyanese born Philippa Perry studied in US and Canada, ultimately earning her PhD and becoming a Radcliffe Bunting Fellow. She lectured in Mathematics -- first at University of Guyana and later, for too many years, at Queens College (NY).
Philippa has returned often to Guyana, but, these days, primarily for funerals. She currently resides in Pound Ridge, NY where she spends her time chasing deer from her garden.

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