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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He hoists sail in his little canoe and heads ‘eastward’ – but eastward to Haiti, or on an impossible voyage to Africa? Casey Rogers marked it as to-read Oct 25, Very slow moving and murky, with the usual mix of jealousy, lust, ambition and cruelty Williams’s Hamel, the Obeah Man. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I would have expected something October 5, ISBN: Kimberly Diaram marked it as to-read Sep 19, oebah The white men stand on the beach and strain their eyes for the last glimpse of his dwindling craft, but they never learn more of his fate.

Hamel, the Obeah Man

Daniel rated it it was amazing Jan 26, His excuse for keeping the status quo seems to be that the alternative social model offered by England is equally bad. Hamel, forced to choose between saving a white friend to whom he owes a yhe debt and his duty to the rebels, consciously chooses his friend. At one point Hamel calmly explains to the heroine’s planter father – whose daughter has been kidnapped by the rebels – exactly what he has been doing, and why.

Yes, my jaw dropped too. The other surprising thing is how deeply the author who was apparently born and raised in England and who ultimately died there loves Jamaica. Books by Cynric R.


The chief villain, a would-be instigator of a slave revolt, is depicted as a simple monster. He has all the manly virtues but is less sneaky than the villain and less intellectual than Hamel. His other obvious love is for mixed-race Jamaican women obeha often stunningly beautiful, and, unlike white women, not vacuum-packed in deadening sexual purity.

Ashleigh Cairns rated it it was ok Jul 20, Amy Hastey rated it did not like it Jul 31, Bryan rated it did not like it Mar 28, Kalisha rated it it was amazing Oct 25, Daniel marked it as to-read Nov 09, 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.

Kristen Hausman rated it really liked it Dec 12, I even think Williams had plans to write another book, perhaps taking up the story of Michal, whom he clearly sees as his most fascinating character. Rikki added it Feb 20, This is an old-school gothic novel set in colonial Jamaica. But he died within five years of ‘Hamel’ and if he began another work, it’s lost. Black people sometimes despise them and often find them ridiculous, clearly with good reason. By employing a Gothic script to mediate the fears generated in the white planter class by this situation, the writer of Hamel inscribes his narrative in a body of texts that critics have lately come to identify as “colonial Gothic.

Susanna marked it as to-read May 28, Mike marked it as to-read Feb 11, hsmel Yaniel marked it as to-read Feb 09, Uamel MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


Hamel, the Obeah man

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. One such novel is the anonymously published Hamel, the Obeah Manset in early s colonial Jamaica, a scene torn by severe racial and political conflict. Its presence has sunk permanently into his mind. Return to Book Page. Abigail marked it as to-read May 14, Brittany Wood rated it really liked it Jul 14, He has broken his oath.

They will repay one day on all your heads. He has raised rebellion because: Krista the Krazy Kataloguer marked it as to-read Oct 07, Though long neglected by the literary canon, Hamel has recently been reclaimed as a central text in the colonial literature obeqh the anglophone Caribbean.

I would have made Combah king of the island, to revenge myself on the missionaries, and secured to him your daughter, and half-a-dozen more white women, to teach the buckras that black men have as much courage, and power, and knowledge, and strength, and right, as white ones.

You know he does, because though he never directly rhapsodises about the Jamaican landscape, he can’t stop mentioning it. However, electronic complimentary copies are readily available for those professors wishing to consider this title for possible course adoption.

Michal is at peace with her complete self: Perhaps it’s not even a good read. This Broadview Edition includes a new foreword by Kamau Brathwaite, as well as a critical introduction and appendices.

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