Color Me English: Migration and Belonging Before and After 9/11

Color Me English: Migration and Belonging Before and After 9/11

Color Me English Migration and Belonging Before and After Born in St Kitts and brought up in the UK bestselling author Caryl Phillips has written about and explored the experience of migration for than thirty years through his spellbinding and award winning

  • Title: Color Me English: Migration and Belonging Before and After 9/11
  • Author: Caryl Phillips
  • ISBN: 9781595586506
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Born in St Kitts and brought up in the UK, bestselling author Caryl Phillips has written about and explored the experience of migration for than thirty years through his spellbinding and award winning novels, plays, and essays.Now, in a magnificent and beautifully written new book, Phillips reflects on the shifting notions of race, culture, and belonging before and aBorn in St Kitts and brought up in the UK, bestselling author Caryl Phillips has written about and explored the experience of migration for than thirty years through his spellbinding and award winning novels, plays, and essays.Now, in a magnificent and beautifully written new book, Phillips reflects on the shifting notions of race, culture, and belonging before and after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.Color Me English opens with an inspired story from his boyhood, a poignant account of a shared sense of isolation he felt with the first Muslim boy who joined his school Phillips then turns to his years living and teaching in the United States, including a moving account of the day the twin towers fell We follow him across Europe and through Africa while he grapples with making sense of colonial histories and contemporary migrations engaging with legendary African, African American, and international writers from James Baldwin and Richard Wright to Chinua Achebe and Ha Jin who have aspired to see themselves and their own societies clearly.A truly transnational reflection on race and culture in a post 9 11 world, Color Me English is a stunning collection of writing that is at once timeless and urgent.

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    I am not English. I make a living teaching English. I find work easily because I am a native speaker.But I am not English."Oh you're English" they say."Well, no, not really" I say."I was born in Scotland.Both my parents are Scottish.So I am not English.""So you're Scottish" they say."Well, no, not really" I say."I left Scotland when I was three.I grew up in England.I was a visitor to Scotland.""So when you see your parentsThat's in England?""No, when my Dad retired they moved back to Scotland.I [...]

    I liked this immensely. I read one of Phillips novels a few years ago and enjoyed. And of course, as I now know, he's not in fact Trevor's brother.Of the collection, most the essays touch upon the issue of belonging and identity. There's a good review of a range of writers who, more often than not, have left or were exiled from their 'home' countries and wrote about the experience of living in a new world. Two of the stand out essays were the critique of British writing in the 1950s, and the enc [...]

    In Britain, we learned just how deadly and destructive this violence can be during the IRA bombing campaign in the 1970s and ’80s. But we also learned that being dogmatic, and passing restrictive legislation, and not understanding our own history, only slows down the movement towards peace and our ability to both tolerate, and cherish, diversity in all its manifestations.Then, at the beginning of the 21st century, Americans started telling everyone how to deal with it and the British governmen [...]

    • This book gave me a new insight into Phillips and how his views/study of the world/migrations are reflected in his fiction• My fav essays were:o A Life in 10 Chapters – this provides a glimpse into his growing years and how this affected his relationship with his familyo Strange Fruit – After writing a play he titled “Strange Fruit”, he makes his first trip to the US and when one of the fathers of the young girls who died in the Birmingham church bombing is driving him to an event [...]

    First, I took this book just because of the immigration topic, since I became a love immigrant not too long ago. While living as a white person in Europe, it never occured to me how hard it might be to be different. Caryl talks about so many different situations from all over the world, shows how Europe and US are two-faced countries, where human rights are rarely applied to people of different cultures. Even touches a very important topic of women who come from distant places and most of the ti [...]

    I've stopped reading this book of essays because it's outdated: talking about how black Americans aren't invited to prosper in America when for the last eight years Obama has been President. I'm also over this notion that I should feel shame for lamenting the loss of my own culture when others with ridiculous, medieval misogynistic religious beliefs are meant to be welcomed at every step of their journey. Sorry I'm not buying this argument any longer.

    I bought this after hearing the author at last year's writers festival. The essays are lively, but mainly for the US audience where Phillips now lives. Good on politics of race.

    I thought this was a good book. To this point I have only read the non-fiction writing of Phillips but will now include some of his fictional work on my reading list.

    I enjoyed this series of essays. The writing was excellent and has encouraged me to read more of his writings.

    I enjoyed most of these essays, which ranged widely in the locales described. I have read several of his earlier novels, and without committing sacrilege, I think I almost prefer his non-fiction.

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