The Old Songs

Jun. 12 2020
Madeline Coopsammy
New Publication

Te Old Songs is  a coming of age novel set in Trinidad in the Caribbean when the island was still a British colony.Novelist and esteemed Toronto academic and critic, Ramabai Espinet has labelled it a Bildungsroman. Espinet says the novel is " an entertaining and insightful romp through the Trinidad of the 1950's and early 1960's", and "a charming old fashioned air of gentilitypervades the novel." As well,This is a serious novel, confronting many of the important social issues and conflicts still in flux in the Trinidadian context. But there is an underlying joyousness about the spirit of the text that rises above these imperfections and celebrates the beauty and vitality of the place itself."