Unless you've lived on Martinique in the French West Indies, I'm not sure you can completely appreciate or understand what Glissant is trying to convey. I've only scratched the surface but then I only lived there a little over 2 years. This book is to be experienced on several levels and I admit that I am limited because of the relatively little time spent on the island. The parts that did speak to me were invaluable, but I would suggest that this book isn't for everyone; only the few that want to understand the French colonial mindset and the effect of that colonialism on the culture of the Béké.
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