Cynric Williams’ Hamel, the Obeah Man () is the first novel written in or about the West Indies to feature an obeah practitioner as. Anonymous, Hamel, the Obeah Man, London: Macmillan, , xxvi, pages. The book Hamel, the. Notes. Abstract: Book description from critical edition from Broadview Press: “Hamel, the Obeah Man is set against the backdrop of early.
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Michal is at peace with her complete self: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. So he prefers a tne of plantation-based, benevolent feudalism to ruthless industrialisation. The other surprising thing is how deeply the author who was apparently born and hsmel in England and who ultimately died there loves Jamaica. Contact Contact Us Help. Ha,el, forced to choose between saving a white friend to whom he owes a personal debt and his duty to the rebels, consciously chooses his friend.
Bob rated it really liked it Oct 15, Hamel, the spiritual leader of the rebels, becomes more and more central to the story, and is a surprisingly powerful and ultimately ambiguous figure. Madison added it Jul 25, He will go back “to my mother’s country”.
Hamel, the Obeah Man
Corina Karstenberg marked it as to-read Sep 01, Trivia About Hamel, the Obeah Man. On another, it’s a meditation on colonial Jamaican society, black, brown and white, from the viewpoint of a slave-owning planter, on the cusp of Emancipation. Black people even beat them up from time to time and on one occasion very nearly lynch one, all seemingly without legal repercussions. He hoists hamell in his little canoe and heads ‘eastward’ – but eastward to Haiti, or on an impossible voyage to Africa?
You get some insight into his feelings about the tsunami of moral superiority thundering over the ocean from abolitionist Britain – that rouses him to a near-frenzy.
This Broadview Edition includes a new foreword by Kamau Brathwaite, as well as a critical introduction and appendices.
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Hamel, the Obeah Man. Not its human aspect so much as the island itself: Kristen Hausman rated it really liked it Dec 12, To ask other readers questions about Hamel, the Obeah Manplease sign up.
Thereafter he is morally stricken.
Susanna marked it as to-read May 28, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Its presence has sunk permanently into his mind.
Hamel, The Obeah Man. Volume 1 – DRS
He has not a redeeming feature. Ashleigh Cairns rated it it was ok Jul 20, He has all the manly virtues but is less sneaky than the villain and less intellectual than Hamel. A bit like Tolkien’s elves? Refresh and try again.
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Hsmel marked it as to-read Jan 08, Daniel marked it as to-read Nov 09, Abigail marked it as to-read May 14, He is a treacherous, cowardly, sneaking, manipulative, hypocritical, lying, conscienceless, child-murdering arsonist and rapist. Open Preview See a Problem? Return to Book Page. The chief villain, a would-be instigator of a slave revolt, is depicted as a simple monster.
Like other Jamaican fictions produced at the same time, it was written from a viewpoint sympathetic to the plight of the white planters, and is thus, as Edward Kamau Brathwaite puts it, “deeply race conscious and colour prejudiced.