Songs of Silence -- LITERATURE NOTES
ABOUT CURDELLA FORBES
* Born in Claremont, Hanover, in Discovery bay, jamaica.
* Educated at the School of the Western Indies via 1990 to 1995. * She is presently a professor of Caribbean Literature for Howard University.
CURDELLA FORBES' NOVELS
5. Songs of Silence, the year 2003
* Soaring with Icarus, 2003
* A Permanent Liberty, 2008
* From Region to Diaspora: Samuel Selvon, George Lamming And the Cultural Performance of Gender, june 2006
The book is about the recollections of a woman narrator called Marlene (Nice). Her recollections are dispersed chronologically, and appearance to have simply no rational buy, but many of the identical characters can be obtained from most of the 'stories', which take place in and around the same district.
* Rural Jamaica.
2. Recollections/ reports are placed in the 1950's.
MAJOR HEROES: Marlene, Effita, No Term, Nathan, Miss Minnie, Raymond, Ionie, Maas Barber, Very long Man, Cudjoe Man, Dolly, Minna, Mister. Papacita.
1 . 'EFFITA'
This is a recollection with the Sunday practice of acquiring food to Aunt Sare. Her habit of praying for the carrier from the food is usually explored in great details. The comedic telling of Effie's death announcements is yet another detail that is explored. All of us learn what are the results when your woman gives a wrong announcement for Melwyn, without announcement for Son Kid. This memory space ends with Effie's fatality in 1995, with the inference that few people attended her funeral, while most of the people inside the district had been related.
SETTING: Green Area, Maaga These types of, Lucea, Montego Bay.
Marlene/ Good - the protagonist and narrator.
Effita -- the person who did simple death press releases for the district. Boy Son - the narrator's male schoolmate who died, also Effie's nephew. Melwyn - Marlene's cousin who had been shot by Chisel Bwoy, then given an incorrect loss of life announcement by simply Effie. Great aunt Sare - the elderly lady who was a mid-wife. She'd pray for every child that delivered foodstuff for her. Ionie - Marlene's mother
Chisel Bwoy - the police policier who taken Melwyn
Miss Zeta - the store owner.
Maas Levi -- the only person in the district with a car, an old The 2012 chevrolet that the villagers called 'May Reach'. Mass Rat - the father and coffin maker.
Miss Herfa -- Man Teacher's wife and a teacher herself.
Person Teacher -- the principal in the local institution.
THEMES - death, old age.
2 . 'A STORY WITH NO NAME'
This is the story of the lady without name. It is reputed that she was abandoned by her wealthy family. She's an anomaly in the area because she's high coloured, did not speak, was incredibly expressive in church ahead of her silence, and was reclusive. The girl put her reclusive nature on temporarily halt once a month, the moment she attended town in order to visit the post office to collect deals. The story gets interesting the moment she got pregnant and no-one understood the father. The kid became her life, and she distributed him without having one, although kept him to himself. He turned into even more noiseless than his mother. It absolutely was, however , stated that Maas Barber, Marlene's father, was your child's father. In between the telling on this story, is usually Marlene's justification of her own stop.
SETTING: Tam Briscoe Mountain, Baltree Area,
Marlene/ Nice - the protagonist and narrator.
Simply no Name - the light skinned lady who had been related to the Briscoes (rich landowners in the district)Ionie - Marlene's mom. Maas Herrefris?r - Marlene's father.
Magsie - Marlene's sister.
Lengthy Man - a traveler who used to pass through the district and stay at the narrator's property. Luce Blagrove - the person who pass on the rumour that Paul was Maas Barber's kid. Miss Clemmy - the lady who leaped the postal office shooting.
Paul -- No Name's son.
Evert Briscoe -- He was the only member of the Briscoe family who emerged home occasionally, he possessed the bit of hill as well as the land that Maas Damefris?r oversaw.
THEMES: Racism, Alienation, Females in World,...