eBook The Pagoda download

by Patricia Powell

eBook The Pagoda download ISBN: 0965063607
Author: Patricia Powell
Publisher: Alfred A Knopf; First Edition edition (1998)
Language: English
Pages: 245
ePub: 1344 kb
Fb2: 1684 kb
Rating: 4.1
Other formats: mbr lrf rtf lrf
Category: Other

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Mr. Lowe lives the simple and happy life of a shopkeeper. A Chinese immigrant to Jamaica in the 1890s.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers.

Patricia Powell's rich and artful narrative carries us to an extraordinary . I had trouble finishing this book, it was emotionally relentless and brutal. Patricia Powell was born in Jamaica in 1966. from Wellesley College and an .

Patricia Powell's rich and artful narrative carries us to an extraordinary climax, in a novel that captivates by the sheer force of its storytelling. Пользовательский отзыв - Kirkus. in creative writing from Brown University. She is Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard University. The Pagoda is her third novel. Библиографические данные.

The Pagoda (Patricia Powell). 2 people like this topic.

Patricia Powell’s most popular book is Boston Noir. The Pagoda by. Patricia Powell.

Patricia Powell (born 1966) is a Jamaican writer, who has won awards for her novels. Born in Jamaica, she moved to the United States in her late teens. She received her bachelor's degree at Wellesley College, and an MFA in creative writing from Brown University, where she studied with Michael Ondaatje, among others. She began her teaching career in 1991 in the English Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Free books to read or listen online in a convenient form, a large collection, the best authors and series. Gwennie Augusta Glaspole, a schoolteacher, is trapped in an unhappy marriage and quickly saddled with six children. Gwennie resists Jamaican cultural expectations of playing dutiful wife and mother, struggling in a loveless, often abusive relationship, she eventually relocates to Connecticut.

Impressively conceived. Book-of-the-Month Club selection). Categories of Interest: Select All. Biography & Memoir.

Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Lotu Tii on September 6, 2012.

Powell has achieved something wonderful-a postmodern tale and a darned good yarn.

Mr. Lowe lives the simple and happy life of a shopkeeper. A Chinese immigrant to Jamaica in the 1890s, Lowe revels in the lush beauty of his adoptive land. But the past confronts Lowe in everything he does, and so his history reveals itself-the tale of his exile from China, his shipboard adventures, an unwanted pregnancy and the arrangement that was made to avoid scandal. The arrangement placed Lowe in a marriage of convenience with a mysterious widow, Miss Sylvie. Lowe and Sylvie's relationship is complex, vivid, erotic, and full of secrets. Sylvie is a light-skinned black woman who, in the course of their three decades together, gives up three dark-skinned children for adoption. But Lowe's secret is much more startling, and remarkable-Lowe is actually a woman who began cross-dressing to pass as a man because it was illegal for Chinese women to emigrate. This is the story of the destruction of a far-away world: the burning of Lowe's shop and the demolition of his masks; and the creation of a dream: the building of a pagoda where culture and the past are accepted and acceptable.
Comments: (7)
It feels so...forced. Lowe couldn't be any more marginalized unless he was a gay black man in the antebellum South.

Still, there are some good themes here, and I'm sure many readers will find these characters fascinating. I just couldn't sink my teeth into the narrative.
Don't waste your time or money!!!!
This was not a well written book. There were far too many components to the storyline causing the final product to be weak, predictable and boring.
I stumbled across this book whilst doing research for a different thing, and decided to buy it. It's so good. I'm so glad it exists. My mind always drifts back to it every few months. This is one of the few stories that I feel actually gets to me on a personal level. And by few I mean this is the grand total of one.
Strong graphic descriptions and interesting story line.
Interesting, melancholy read. Introduces one to the life of a forced immigrant whose life is lived as a member of the opposite sex for the majority of her/his life.
Well written
I'm just going to start off by saying that the only reason I bought this book is because I need it for a class which I am forced to take. I found it for the cheapest price out there (Amazon for the win) and my copy is used. It got here in time, and seems to be in good condition. I haven't read it yet, but I'll edit this and add what I think of this book after I am done with it.
I picked up this book because the author is local (Boston), it is set in an intriguing context (Chinese community in Jamaica), and the main character deals with gender identity issues. I found the gradual revealing of character stories & history unnecessarily and painfully slow. Some of the writing was disjointed and repetitive (both particular words and phrases) and the constant teasing of the unknown parts of the folks in the book became almost grating. Once stories were revealed, I found I liked none of the main characters--including Lowe the "hero". He had huge walls keeping others out and seemed utterly unsatisfied with his life; I was unconvinced by his sudden passion for the pagoda of the title. I felt pulled into the disconnection, lack of relationships between people, and the general hopelessness the author seems to feel about the possibility of building community among people of different backgrounds. There are some glimmers of hope toward the end regarding forgiveness and possibilities of love, but they are indeed only glimmers and remain mostly in this reader's imagination rather than the text. I had not known of the Chinese community in Jamaica and know little more having finished this story. I bought the book as a possible gift for a friend, read it first, and doubt I will actually give it--it is not an uplifting book at all. Hate to give a local woman a bad review, but there it is.