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The Phoenix Project gI had no idea what I was in for when Nicole at Bloomsbury Publishing recommended this book to me I can t thank her enough I went in completely blind Literally seconds ago I read the blurb I read it twice Having read the book myself this blurb made me cry I know it wouldn t have without reading the book Butiven what I just experienced those words penetrate so much deeperKudos to whomever wrote itand thank you Agree agree agree with the blurb it s INTENSELY BEAUTIFULsearingly powerful tightly constructed It s also exuisitely excruciating painful It knocked the wind out of me For a short novel it packs a DEPTH PUNCH Tears in a scene too Read the Blurb No need to repeat what s already perfectly written Frances Joseph is Brother His character shows up as a uy to reckoned with at a very young age I mean this in the best of ways As first born son he didn t just take on the role of adult child living with his mother and younger brother Michael he tried to hide his contributions He was aware of people s pride His mother s in particular I absolutely fell in love with him right away He was loyal but he also ran away he loved deeply cared deeply but not in a sugar coating style the opposite Yet we felt him so profoundly The authors talent shines through his character development Frances loved his family He loved his friends especially his friend Jelly He loved music understood old music that heritage of loveHe enjoyed listening to Nina Simone Otis Redding and Sam Cooke Frances had no intention of having poverty define him He says You ve ot to be cooler about things and not put everything out on your face all the time You ve ot to carry yourself better and think about your look Doesn t matter how poor you are You can always turn up the edge of a collar to style a bit little things like that You can always do things to let the world know you re not nobody You never know when your break is coming Frances had one of those devastating experiences of just the opposite of the above uote He says We were losers and neighborhood schemers We were the children of the help without futures We were none of us what our parents wanted us to be We were not what any other adults wanted us to be We were nobodies or else somehow a city We re all just dreaming We were putty in the hands of younger brother Michael as the voice for this story I loved him as much as Frances too We feel sense touch hear and smell everything through him From children playing in the neighborhood to foods music dialogues strangers murder racial and immigrant prejudice poverty the police to all out violenceand devastating loss and sadness Michael s storytelling is as personal as personal is Mrs Joseph Mother brought her sons to Canada the Scarbrough housing complex leaving her village SteMadeleine in "The Middle Of The Island In Trinidadleaving Her Sister And "middle of the island in Trinidadleaving her sister and behindpeople she lovedleaving slavery indenture murder disease dirt pot holes yet love and beauty too for a better safer place with opportunities As you read the story one wonders was the REALLY HARD HARD HARDSHIPS worth it She never told her family the truth about her life in Canada or that her husband was out of the picture Even the minor characters are bigger than life in some cases with only the smallest #scenes Aisha Dru Professor Aunt Beulah Jellyand Desirea s the Barbershop takes #Aisha Dru Professor Aunt Beulah Jellyand Desirea s the Barbershop takes a character in its own riteEverything about this book felt authentic to me although I did uestion one scene But Simply uestioned it My final thoughts This book must be read This is what I call a bittersweet story through and through It s beautiful the relationship between the two brothers tremendously touching and yet it s also harrowing and frustrating Why does it have to be this way Why can t we change the situation What about love What about loveI wish I didn t have to pause
time I m picking up Canadian title to congratulate myself for picking up a Canadian title but alas I rarely seem to ive attention to non US books And that s a shame because I live in Canada And as a Canadian resident I am proud of this book If it had been awful I don t think I would have even mentioned its Canadianness Yes I kno. Michael and Francis are the bright ambitious sons of Trinidadian immigrants Coming of age in The Park a cluster of houses and towers in the disparaged outskirts of a sprawling city the brothers battle against the careless prejud. ,
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David Chariandy ´ 9 ReadDren who might have just a little than than they did children who might reward scsrifice and redeem a past And there were victories you must know Fears were banished by the scent 45 You ve ot to be cooler about things and not put everything out on your face all the time You ve ot to carry yourself better and think about your look Doesn t matter how poor you are You can always turn up the edge of a collar #to style a bit little things like that You can always #style a bit little things like that You can always things to let the world know you re not nobody You never know when your break is coming Brother Big brother to little brother This could have been a uote from Gre Absolutely blew me away From the first page I just knew I d be utterly destroyed by the end It just takes a while to et used to the sudden jumps in timeline Chapters have no headings or identifiable differences from one another to mark whether the new chapter exists in the past or present so one must read a few pages of each chapter to reorient oneself in terms of plot and storylineABsolutely incredible one of my all time canadian favorites I highly recommend it David Chariandy s buzzed about short novel Brother centres around one man reflecting on his Carribean family s life in Scarborough and his brother s life cut short during their shared adolescence This slim volume s prose is captivating imaginatively descriptive and deeply poetic Chariandy opts for subtlety and inference rather than long passages of exposition lending the book a sense of reality Life after all rarely provides answers to some of the most tumultuous events we experience Though you might think the "Knowledge Of Francis Death Might "of Francis death might the wind from the sails of this story it actually deflates the expected drama in favour of a complex set of conflicts Michael and Francis relationship often takes centre stage but it is impossible not to be affected by their overworked immigrant mother s often unacknowledged plight As the brothers begin to find their own romantic footing classical masculinity comes
conflict with reality in what I thought was a much nuanced piece than the myriad of Op Eds you find online Really though this book is best experienced first hand Chariandy s writing captivated me from the first page with its warm voice and cool sentence structure I found myself re reading whole paragraphs not for a lack of understanding but to re experience the well constructed sentences or see how he conveyed an old concept in a way that felt new Though this isn t his first novel Brother personally marks the arrival of a Canadian voice that demands attention 45 Stars 35ish4 stars I thought that this was uite ood I loved how it focused on not only a family but a community too The area where this is set is inhabited by a lot of immigrants from different places and their children They come from all parts of the world but they all make up one community now What I loved was that sense of lots of different cultures being integrated into the community I m from a rural Irish town so everyone I know here is Irish and there aren t other cultures celebrated around here I think that s why I loved that aspect so much A bit I found really beautiful was uite a simple thing when the family are Finding Robert Johnson grieving dishes are left at their front door for them and Michael mentions how some of the dishes are unfamiliar to him I just thought that that really reiterated how there were all these different cultures at work in this one community I also loved that sense of community Chariandy created It highlighted that it doesn t matter where you re from or what race you are we are all human we are all the same and we all deserve to be treated accordinglyI liked the family dynamic that was at play I thought that it was so authentic the family and each individual character seemed so real to me I also really liked the writing and the tone of the book It was very refreshing and it was felt uite uniue The only problems I had was that it didn t completely reel me in and I just don t think it s will end up being very memorable for me I would recommend this I would read by David Chariandy I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. T hopes of all three are violently irrevocably thwarted by a tragic eventBeautifully written and extraordinarily powerful Brother is a novel of deep humanity which provides a profound insight into love family opportunity andri. W it s not a word Word But it s not it s Toward the Zen of Performance gorgeously writtenThe author mentions at the end of the book that it took him a long time to write it despite the short amount of page Irew up in the neighbourhood this novel is set in and am also a child of West Indian immigrants so this book really resonated with me The familiarity of the settings along with the realistic story of living in #a low income suburb made this all too relatable I particularly identified with Michael as he navigated violence and rumours of #low income suburb made this all too relatable I particularly identified with Michael as he navigated violence and rumours of that ran rampant within this community while also trying to hold the best interests of his too hard worked sometimes absent mother at heart Harsh truths are confronted and issues of masculinity and prejudice are accurately conveyed I would definitely recommend this book and I hope it becomes a staple in Toronto literature 35 starsA tightly written novella that explores pressing topics like race immigration masculinity and within a small family living in Canada The story revolves around two brothers Michael and Francis the sons of Trinidadian immigrants of whom their father has disappeared and their mother works tireless hours so her sons can survive The novel follows Michael and Francis as they come of age surrounded by hip hop music and potential romantic interests as well as the anti black prejudice that pervades their environment Their lives change in drastic ways after the brothers experience a police crackdown and the conseuences tha 45 stars The reviews of some Goodreads friends had previously put BROTHER on my radar Canada Reads 2019 bumped this book to the top of my to be read list I want to read the five finalists before the debates begin I have one left to read and it is on hold at the local public library Praise for BROTHER Mesmerizing Poetic Achingly soulful BROTHER is a pitch perfect song of masculinity and tenderness and of the ties of family and community Lawrence Hill author of THE BOOK OF NEGROES AND THE ILLEGAL I LOVE BOOK OF NEGROES and THE ILLEGAL I love novel Riveting composed charged with feeling BROTHER surrounds us with music and aspiration fidelity and beauty Madeleine Thien author of DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING BROTHER diffracts the spare light toward feeling again after tragedy Chariandy deftly assembles that which has come apart in the life of a Black family their privacies assaulted their desires unmet Such a timbrous novel Such tender work Dionne BrandA brilliant powerful elegy from a living brother to a lost one yet pulsing with rhythm and beating with life Marlon James author of A BRIEFinto conflict with reality in what I thought was a much nuanced piece than the myriad of Op Eds you
HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGSDavid Chariandy rew up in Toronto Canada andOF SEVEN KILLINGSDavid Chariandy rew up in Toronto Canada and and teaches in Vancouver His debut novel SOUCOUYANT received stunning reviews and recognition from eleven literary award juries including a Governor General s Literary Award shortlisting a Gold Independent Publisher Award for Best Novel and a Scotiabank Giller Prize longlisting BROTHER is his second novel and is one of five books chosen by CANADA READS for the debates in March 2019 Coming of age in The Park a cluster of townhouses and leaning concrete towers in the disparaged outskirts of a sprawling city Michael and Francis sons of Trinidadian immigrants battle against the careless prejudices and low expectations that confront them as young men of black and brown ancestry Propelled by the pulsing beats and styles of hip hop Francis the older of the two brothers dreams of a future in music Michael s dreams are of Aisha the smartest Celibacy, a Love Story girl in their high school whose own eyes are firmly set on a life elsewhere But the bright hopes of all three are violently irrevocably thwarted by a tragic shooting and the police crackdown and suffocating suspicion that follow With devastating emotional force and searing precision David Chariandy a uniue and exciting voice in Canadian literature crafts a heartbreaking and timely story about the profound love that exists between brothers and the senseless loss of lives cut short with the shot of aun 45 stars Powerful bold and timely It wasn t just she alone All around us in the park were mothers who had journeyed far beyond what they knew who took day courses and worked nights who dreamed of raising chil. Ices and low expectations that confront them on a daily basisWhile Francis dreams of a future in music Michael’s dreams are of Aisha the smartest Adulting 101: girl in their school whose eyes are firmly set on a life elsewhere But the brigh.