Best Read [Patrick Chamoiseau] ✓ Texaco || [Philosophy Book] PDF ☆

By Patrick Chamoiseau | Comments: ( 701 ) | Date: ( May 29, 2020 )

Of black Martinican provenance, Patrick Chamoiseau gives us Texaco winner of the Prix Goncourt, France s most prestigious literary prize , an international literary achievement, tracing one hundred and fifty years of post slavery Caribbean history a novel that is as much about self affirmation engendered by memory as it is about a quest for the adequacy of its own formf black Martinican provenance, Patrick Chamoiseau gives us Texaco winner of the Prix Goncourt, France s most prestigious literary prize , an international literary achievement, tracing one hundred and fifty years of post slavery Caribbean history a novel that is as much about self affirmation engendered by memory as it is about a quest for the adequacy of its own form.In a narrative composed of short sequences, each recounting episodes or developments of moment, and interspersed with extracts from fictive notebooks and from statements by an urban planner, Marie Sophie Laborieux, the saucy, aging daughter of a slave affranchised by his master, tells the story of the tormented foundation of her people s identity The shantytown established by Marie Sophie is menaced from without by hostile landowners and from within by the volatility of its own provisional state Hers is a brilliant polyphonic rendering of individual stories informed by rhythmic orality and subversive humor that shape a collective experience.A joyous affirmation of literature that brings to mind Boccaccio, La Fontaine, Lewis Carroll, Montaigne, Rabelais, and Joyce, Texaco is a work of rare power and ambition, a masterpiece.

  • Title: Texaco
  • Author: Patrick Chamoiseau
  • ISBN: 9780679751755
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Patrick Chamoiseau

Patrick Chamoiseau is a French author from Martinique known for his work in the cr olit movement.Chamoiseau was born on December 3, 1953 in Fort de France, Martinique, where he currently resides After he studied law in Paris he returned to Martinique inspired by douard Glissant to take a close interest in Creole culture Chamoiseau is the author of a historical work on the Antilles under the reign of Napol on Bonaparte and several non fiction books which include loge de la cr olit In Praise of Creoleness , co authored with Jean Bernab and Rapha l Confiant Awarded the Prix Carbet 1990 for Antan d enfance His novel Texaco was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 1992, and was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year It has been described as a masterpiece, the work of a genius, a novel that deserves to be known as much as Fanon s The Wretched of the Earth and Cesaire s Return to My Native Land.Chamoiseau may also safely be considered as one of the most innovative writers to hit the French literary scene since Louis Ferdinand C line His freeform use of French language a highly complex yet fluid mixture of constant invention and creolism fuels a poignant and sensuous depiction of Martinique people in particular and humanity at large from

Comments Texaco

  • Jim

    This book is a rare tropical flower that somehow landed in my musty library. It speaks to us in many voices, as the original was written in a mélange of mulatto French and Martinican Creole. It communicates to us not only in two languages, but in four narrative voices, the main one being excerpted from the notebooks of one Marie-Sophie Labourieux, recording her own words and the thoughts of her father, Esternome. Three other voices are those of "Word Scratcher," alias Oiseau de Cham (a pun on C [...]

  • Stephanie

    What a mash-up of a story! By the time I got to the end, I'd completely forgotten that the book had started with the arrival of the city planner, and thus the ending came full circle. In order to tell the story of Texaco, the main narrator goes back to tell her father's story, which also tells the story of Martinique from that point forward. The book is a pleasure for anyone who: has read other Francophone Caribbean novels, doesn't need a purely linear plot line, and likes word play and creativi [...]

  • Urenna Sander

    Madame Marie-Sophie Laborieux, born in the early 1900s, late in life to former slaves, Esternome Laborieux and Idoménée Carmélite Lapidaille. Long after her parents’ deaths, she founded the quarter known as Texaco in 1950, outside the city of Fort-de-France, Martinique. Texaco, owned by Texas Oil Company, had subsidiaries in South America and in the Caribbean. On Martinique, Texaco housed large tankers on land near a mangrove swamp. Prior to Madame Laborieux deciding to build on Texaco’s [...]

  • Marc Kozak

    It would be so easy to compare this to Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. So I will.This book is very similar to One Hundred Years of Solitude, in that it is a story of the creation of a small Martinican town as it struggles against the craziness of the world around it, and the craziness of the people in it. The story is bookended by an urban planner arriving in the small village, essentially deciding whether it should be razed for a shopping complex, or allowed to survi [...]

  • Yvonne

    I was recommended this book after I communicated -- to the umpteenth person -- my then-fascination with Aime Cesaire. Having then just read of his passing, I realized that I had never read him closely when required to in college. I promptly purchased and reread "Discourse on Colonialism" which I interpreted as a surrealist manifesto constructing a 'black identity' in resistance to Western European colonialism and hegemony. This novel takes place in Martinique, Cesaire's birthplace and home. It s [...]

  • Julia

    I had the fortunate experience of reading this sur place: I first opened the cover in Saint-Pierre, Martinique. In Texaco, Chamoiseau recounts episodes of construction and demolition that shaped modern, betonized Martinique. This book might be an essential to understanding the development of Creolism, or at least to the recent history of Madinina. It's unwieldy and long, but deserving of a second read and close attention.

  • Gala

    Un pur délicepoétique et mélancolique au cœur de Fort de France, un voyage intensej'adore ce livre.Regard poétique absolu sur l histoire de la Martinique à travers de l'histoire du quartier Texaco

  • Jesse

    This book was recommended to me by Junot Diaz, who I met at Changing Hands. So far, so good. Thanks, Junot!

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  • Lisa

    A wonderfully rich and all consuming read. Chamoiseau's language is unique and unforgettable and though at times I couldn't follow his imagery, it didn't matter because the words, the prose was so lovely that I just enjoyed how he strung it all together. A great overview of the history of Martinique too - especially the plight of the black people who were struggling to maintain a grip on their land and their culture as changes in France so greatly affected their lives. Loved the main character, [...]

  • Thomas

    Pretty neat prose and structure, and when was the last time you read a book from Martinique?

  • Margarida

    Esta obra de Patrick Chamoiseau, autor da Martinica, foca a criação de uma cidade em paralelo com o percurso de 3 gerações da mesma família, da escravidão até aos tempos actuais. A obra ganhou o prémio Goncourt em 1992.Obra interessante pela visão poética da cultura das Antilhas, dos seus costumes, da evolução social e política, dos interesses dos habitantes pela "metrópole" França Leitura em francês difícil pela impressão de oralidade imposta pelos diálogos entre-cortados por [...]

  • Andrea

    On n'entre pas très facilement dans l'univers de ce roman, mais une fois dedans on est enclin d'y rester un moment. Chamoiseau concocte son récit dans une langue si richement inventive, mélangeant les registres à sa façon, comme-ci , comme-ça, que ça donne forcément quelques passages difficiles à pénétrer. Patience; en se donnant un peu de peine pour se mettre dans le rythme, on est pleinement récompensé par ce récit foisonnant de l'âme antillais. Je ne dirais pas que ce roman att [...]

  • Dergrossest

    This book probably gets a 5-star rating if you are from Martinique. But I am not from Martinique. And even if I was from Martinique, I would probably only give this 5-stars if I was black. Not white or mulatto, but maybe if I thought I was part Carib. Or if I was white or mulatto and felt sorry for my people being such bastards to the blacks for the last 300 years. This story of the black experience in Martinique, from the slave ships, to the sugar plantations, to the Rights of Man, to "freedom, [...]

  • Dara Salley

    This is the second novel I’ve read by an author from the Caribbean. The other novel was “The Wide Sargasso Sea” by Jean Rhys, which is now one of my favorite books. This book had a slightly different point of view because Rhys was a white whereas Patrick Chamoiseau is black. The race distinctions are apparently very important in Martinique and both books spend a lot of time discussing their implications.One of the things I loved about “The Wide Sargasso Sea” was the unusual language. T [...]

  • Ale Vergara

    Tardé meses en la lectura. Creo que es un libro que pierde mucho en la traducción, sin embargo el despliegue y desarrollo del lenguaje son tales que incluso se alcanzan a notar en la edición en español. Texaco es una novela cercana al realismo mágico y no me sorprendería que haya quien la catalogue ahí a pesar de ser escrita tantos años después del boom. Creo que catalogar este libro como realismo mágico es caer un poco en la mirada exotizante que suele acompañar al término. Durante [...]

  • Robert R.

    Rocked my world. Opened me to the Word, to being a maroon in City, to finding a different time, rhythm, song. To seeing complex layers of distress and injustice and admiring the dignity and courage of those who struggle. To admiring the Creole Matadora. To wanting to find respite and inspiration in the Doum. The style, thematic depth and the breathtaking narrative arc of this complex, rich and inventive novel are well worth the effort of seeking to conquer. They will be challenging to anyone. Bu [...]

  • Danizani

    Au début, j'ai cru que je n'arriverais jamais à le lire, à cause de la complexité de sa structure et de la difficulté de la langue (c'est écrit en un français très influencé par le créole et je ne suis pas francophone); j'ai donc relu plusieurs fois les premières pages, puis je l'ai délaissé. J'ai ensuite recommencé à le lire et je ne pouvais plus arrêter. Difficile de dire comment ça s'est passé : je suis entrée dans sa logique et dans cette épopée de misérables, qui a un [...]

  • Tsitsi

    I taught this book a couple weeks ago in my class on cityscapes. We all found the stories of multiple generations of hard scrabble survival, the fruits of improvisatory genius, vivid and hard to put down. The translators do a laudable job of conveying the playful tug of war between Creole and French in the novel. I found it funnier in the French original, but it is a treat either way. I would say, however, that there are a LOT of characters, and it helps to keep a running log of their names etc. [...]

  • Cindi

    Reading "Texaco" is like taking a walk along the ocean. Sometimes the reader walks along a sandy beach and the gentle waves lap against bare toes. However, most of "Texaco" is similar to climbing the giant, jagged rocks along the coast while the violent waves crash around you. It's worth the work for once you climb the rocks you find the tidal pools full of treasure.Poetry. Aching, haunting poetry. Completely fascinating.

  • Christian

    Texaco strikes me as an interesting and cleverly written novel. I like the concept of trying to convey an oral history. But for the life of me, I just couldn't get much enjoyment out of it. Too dense. Too bleak. Not that I mind putting in a bit of work, but I didn't get enough out of this to justify the effort.Some experience of Martinique, or at least a better grasp of the history, would probably have made my view a little more positive.

  • Jonfaith

    This jewel was found in an Oxfam in Reading during the winter of 2004. Fuzzy strands of reviews past crackled in my dozy brain as I hefted it. The hunch proved correct and I was overwhelmed. I have since bought another of his texts but have yet to take the plunge. Perhaps a reread of Texaco is due?

  • Alicia

    Issues of place and mapping, and displacement, are really interesting in this postmodern/identity-obsessed world. I wrote a paper about this in grad school, so per usual, it has a special place in my heart. But the layers of mapping, naming, travel, discomfort, home, and identity in this book really are intricate and fun to uncover. The prose itself is comfortable, smooth, and a delight to read.

  • Janet

    The life of a slum in Port au Prince, Haiti--you come to see it the way the residents see it, not as a hellhole, but as home, a place of dream and possibility. Chamoiseau's main thrust is in the tension of language and its implications, between the spoken Creole of the people and written, official, colonial French. This guy will win the Nobel someday. You heard it here first.

  • Anna

    this is _one hundred years of solitude_ in the caribbean--mostly based on the history of the island of Martinique. The book was originally written in French creole. Even the English translation is a complete reinvention of the language where the rhythms and idioms of the spoken word force the text into brand new tricks and configurations. part of my post-colonial all-stars collection

  • RJ

    This convoluted maze of a novel, assigned for a class(obvio-po) is truly lovely. Set in Port-Au-Prince, it attempts in novel form to convey the complex creole being of the community. This experiment in linguistic and narrative possibility reads like surreal apocrypha. No small feat to attempt this one, but it will pull you in through inventive language and lovely prose.

  • Juliet Wilson

    This is a big ambitious novel following the lives of people living in the poorer areas of Fort-de-France in Martinique. It is a novel full of life and inventiveness and insight into the history of the area, including the suburb of Texaco that starts as a squatters settlement on the land owned by the oil company. It's fascinating and engrossing.

  • Mateo

    At one time, this was the author I was going to write my PhD dissertation on. This book won the Prix Goncourt (greatest annual literary prize in France), and changed my life. It's about the history of Martinique from a modern perspective.Chamoiseau is a great story teller. Maybe someday I'll finish that dissertation

  • Jeremy Sabol

    the francophone melville! ok, i don't really mean all what that might mean. but chamoiseau totally reinvents french, in a joyous, rabelaisian (sp?) way that nicely complements his themes damned good book that doesn't seem to have made any splash in its translation - maybe it didn't translate well? out of print, i think - a tragedy!

  • Meredith

    a must-read for anyone interested in thinking about language's relationship to fiction. it also challenges the ways that storytelling is done int he west, as it blends character and situation in a totally seamless way.

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