The Chosen Place, the Timeless People

The Chosen Place, the Timeless People

by Paule Marshall


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The Chosen Place, the Timeless People by Paule Marshall

The chosen place is Bourneville, a remote, devastated part of a Caribbean island; the timeless people are its inhabitants—black, poor, inextricably linked to their past enslavement. When the advance team for an ambitious American research project arrives, the tense, ambivalent relationships that evolve, between natives and foreigners, black and whites, haves and have-nots, keenly dramatize the vicissitudes of power.
“An important and moving book . . . Marshall is as wise as she is bold, for in compromising neither her politics nor her understanding of people, she makes better sense of both.”—Village Voice

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394726335
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1984
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 688,350
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Paule Marshall is the author of Brown Girl, Brownstones, The Chosen Place, The Timeless People, Praisesong for the Widow, Soul Clap Hands and Sing, Reena and Other Stories, and Daughters. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she is now Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

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