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Dog-Heart
     

Dog-Heart

by Diana McCaulay
 

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Told in two voices, educated Jamaican English and the nation-language of the people, this dramatic novel tells the story of a well-meaning, middle-class woman and a young boy from the ghetto whom she desperately wants to help. Alternating between the perspectives of the woman and the boy, the story engages with issues of race and class, examines the complexities of

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Told in two voices, educated Jamaican English and the nation-language of the people, this dramatic novel tells the story of a well-meaning, middle-class woman and a young boy from the ghetto whom she desperately wants to help. Alternating between the perspectives of the woman and the boy, the story engages with issues of race and class, examines the complexities of relationships between people of very different backgrounds, and explores the difficulties faced by individuals seeking to bring about social change through their own actions. The dramatic climax and tragic choices made grow from the gulf of incomprehension between middle-class and poor Jamaicans and provide penetrating insights into the roots of violence in impoverished communities.

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“An uncompromising story imaginatively told . . . the mirror McCaulay relentlessly holds up doesn’t let anyone off the hook, least of all those who read this book without flinching.”  —Annie Paul, associate editor, Small Axe

“This is a haunting and moving story of the divide between those who have and those who do not and the difficulties of reaching across that divide. The writer gives us a sensitive portrayal of the complexities of race and class in Jamaica . . . as she explores one woman’s attempt to make a difference in the life of a young man from a disadvantaged community.”  —Judges’ report, JCDC Creative Writing Competition

Nicholas Laughlin
I often wonder why so many contemporary Caribbean writers seem timid about tackling the real here and now of our place and time. That is exactly what Diana McCaulay has done in her gripping and troubling novel DOG-HEART. This is a book that made me feel simultaneously eager and nervous to turn each page--testament to the quiet power of the narrative and to McCaulay's tragic imagination. She writes with an honesty to her story and characters that is what we mean when we say a writer has courage.
Times Literary Supplement - Ian Thomson
Diana McCaulay, who is by her own admission a privileged "uptown" Jamaican, understands the problems of her country's colour-line. In chapters alternately narrated in the first person by Sahara and Dexter, Dog-Heart explores gangland cruelty and racial prejudice. A bleak picture emerges of the present-day capital of Kingston....For all its despair, however, Dog-HEART is a well-written and compelling work of fiction with a strong moral purpose.
WEEKender - Montague Kobbe
Structured in two parallel lines that closely mirror each other through the actions of Sahara and Dexter, DOG-HEART weaves a sympathetic pattern that explores the conflicting realities they face on a daily basis, as well as the overwhelming prejudices those around them feel against the other. This results in the progressive construction of two, truly engaging characters--drastically different, yet equally likeable--who carry the weight of the story from the very onset.... [A]n excellent book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845231231
Publisher:
Peepal Tree Press Ltd.
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Diana McCaulay is a writer, a newspaper columnist, and an environmental activist. She is the recipient of the 2005 Euan P. McFarlane Award for Outstanding Environmental Leadership in the Insular Caribbean and the chief executive of the Jamaican Environmental Trust.

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