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11 popular guyanse books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around South America Challenge" were written by authors from Guyana. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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Black Teacher by Beryl Gilroy, Bernardine Evaristo EN

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The rediscovered classic: an unforgettable memoir by a trailblazing black woman in post-war London, introduced by Bernardine Evaristo ('I dare anyone to read it and not come away shocked, moved and entertained ... One of the unsung heroines of Black British literature.')


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How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney EN

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This wide-reaching volume shows how Africa developed before the coming of the Europeans up to the 15th century, and shows Africa's contribution to European capitalist development in the pre-colonial period. Colonialism is then shown as a system for underdeveloping Africa.

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Of Marriageable Age by Sharon Maas EN

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Palace of the Peacock by Wilson Harris EN

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In his tale of a doomed crew beating their way up-river through the jungles of Guyana, first published in 1960, Wilson Harris revealed the unique poetic vision and laid out the themes and designs, not only of his famous work, The Guyana Quartet, but of all his future work. The Palace of the Peacock displays that vision in all its hallucinatory vividness, given additional impact by its rejection of the conventions of the twentieth-century novel and the uncompromising energy of its use of language in its response to character and landscape. The compelling adventure story of the narrative is para... continue

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The Fat Black Woman's Poems by Grace Nichols EN

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Grace Nichols gives us images that stare us straight in the eye, images of joy, challenge, accusation. Her 'fat black woman' is brash; rejoices in herself; poses awkward questions to politicians, rulers, suitors, to a white world that still turns its back. Grace Nichols writes in a language that is wonderfully vivid yet economical of the pleasures and sadnesses of memory, of loving, of 'the power to be what I am, a woman, charting my own futures'.

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The Girl from Lamaha Street : A Guyanese Girl at a 1950s English Boarding School and Her Search for Belonging by Sharon Maas EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
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‘I was utterly mesmerized… powerful, moving, and heartwarming… I devoured this book, and it is no doubt a five-star read.’ Goodreads reviewer Perhaps it’s true that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Perhaps it’s true that you only know what you truly love when you no longer have it. But I wouldn’t have known any of this if I hadn’t left it all behind to discover where my home truly was… Growing up in British Guiana in the 1950s, Sharon Maas has everything a shy child with a vivid imagination could wish for. She spends her days studying bugs in the backyard, eating fresh mangos straight from... continue

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The Point is to Change the World : Selected Writings of Andaiye by Andaiye EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
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An inspiring collection from one of the Caribbean's most vital political figures.

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The Ventriloquist's Tale by Pauline Melville EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
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The whole purpose of magic is the fulfilment and intensification of desire, claims the ventriloquist-narrator as he tells his stories of love and catastrophe. The novel is a parable of miscegenation and racial exclusiveness, of nature defying culture and of the rebellious nature of love.

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To Sir with Love by Edward Ricardo Braithwaite EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
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Candidly describes the problems overcome by this Black teacher in teaching distrustful, rebellious teenagers in a London slum school.


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