The author, Beryl Gilroy explores chattel slavery, classicism, identity and feminism in the novel.
Thomas Inkle is the protagonist you hate but respect. He is a young man from the British upper class that believes he comes from a superior race/nation. Inkle states “our civilization is superior and permanent. I hold others to be ephemeral-and at times grotesque that is our way.” He is fighting to sustain his way of life at the expense of the others in both societies. A man willing to fight to the end for his belief despite being shipwrecked and lived among the Black Caribs for seven years. The author kept the characteristics of the protagonist consistent. The character is not conflicted by his action but the reader is conflicted by his actions hoping he will change his beliefs or react differently at each encounter or turn of events. The reaction and thought pattern of the character is not predictable but it is the intensity to his decision that makes the reader continue reading to the end of the novel.
I give the author 3.5 bookmarks out of 5.
My Experience with MUSA
“The Musa Book club gathers once a month to break words, eat, laugh and discuss the book of the month. The book club is made up of seven intelligent bad ass fearless womyn that continues to inspire me. I have become a better writer and critical reader because they challenge my perspective, assessment of characters, and how I look at structure and prose of the story including my own work. They are part of my writing tribe because of their individual raw honesty. If the work sucks, they tell you. They sugar coat with a little bit of salt. No one holds back. Our stories need to be told and read each one hold dear to their hearts like a psalm. The Musa club is not a tea club it is made up of dangerous creatures because they are well read womyn.
On a personal note, I love each one of them. I am grateful to be in the presence and witness their evolution and the legacy they are creating for themselves, family and the community. I am always in awe of the relentlessness to change the world one story at a time.”