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In the Castle of My Skin (Ann Arbor Paperbacks) (Paperback)

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This book tells the story of G as he grows to adulthood. Through this simple structure, we observe the dramatic changes that colonialism brings to his village. As the protagonist changes, so does his understanding of the racial and social structures around him. The language of the novel is poetic and dynamic, and constantly challenges us as readers to reimagine our own perspectives on race, class, colonialism, and power structures.

— From Emma's Recommendations


Nearly forty years after its initial publication, George Lamming's In the Castle of My Skin is considered a classic narrative of the Black colonial experience. This poetic autobiographical novel juxtaposes the undeveloped, unencumbered life of a small Caribbean island with the materialism and anxiety of the twentieth century.

Written when Lamming was twenty-three and residing in England, In the Castle of My Skin poignantly chronicles the author's life from his ninth to his nineteenth year. Through the eyes of a young boy the experiences of colonial education, class tensions, and natural disaster are interpreted and reinterpreted, mediated through the presence of the old villagers and friends who leave for the mainland.

One of the leading Black writers of the twentieth century, George Lamming is the author of numerous works exploring the colonial experience.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780472064687
ISBN-10: 0472064681
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: January 22nd, 1992
Pages: 344
Language: English
Series: Ann Arbor Paperbacks
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