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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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James Ketchum marked it as to-read May 26, 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. I think Jamaican history proved the author wrong there: He hoists sail in his little canoe and heads ‘eastward’ – but eastward to Haiti, or on an impossible voyage to Africa?

The white men stand on the beach and strain their eyes for the last glimpse of his dwindling msn, but they never learn more of his fate.

Bob rated it really liked it Oct 15, He has not a redeeming feature. This is an old-school gothic novel set in colonial Jamaica.

Hamel, the Obeah man

Paperbackpages. His nominal heroine is Joanna, a planter’s virgin daughter: And about as ugly as trolls. There is justice upon the earth, though it seems to sleep; and the black men shall, first or last, shed your blood, and toss your bodies into the sea! Yaniel marked it as to-read Feb obeag, Like other Jamaican fictions produced at the same time, it was written from a viewpoint sympathetic to the plight of the mzn planters, and is thus, as Edward Kamau Brathwaite puts it, “deeply race conscious maj colour prejudiced.

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Simon marked it as to-read Dec 24, Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Though long neglected by the literary canon, Hamel has recently been reclaimed as a central text in the colonial literature of the anglophone Caribbean. Liz marked it as to-read Jan 08, I would have revenged myself on the buckras, for bringing me away from my own country, and selling me to a Negro.

Hamel, the Obeah Man by Cynric R. Williams

The plot is frankly unbelievable, not least in being based on a paternalist fantasy that most poor people, given a obezh, would prefer slave status to being free. Hamel, the Obeah Man by Cynric R. Andy X L marked it as to-read Nov 06, On one level it’s an early 19th c.

Susanna marked it as to-read May 28, Obeab added it Jul 25, Fearing that emancipation was not to be stopped, and already facing declining profits from the sugar trade, the white plantocracy in Jamaica seems in turn to have been overcome by a sense of doom, even though many planters continued to speak up for what they felt to be their rights against the perceived interference of the imperial government.

At one point Hamel calmly explains to the heroine’s planter father – whose daughter has been obeahh by the rebels – exactly what he has been doing, and why. Mike marked it as to-read Feb obezh, You know he does, because though he never directly rhapsodises about the Jamaican landscape, he can’t stop mentioning it.

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. His other obvious love is for mixed-race Jamaican women – often stunningly beautiful, and, unlike white women, not vacuum-packed in deadening sexual purity. Goudie, Pennsylvania State University. Williams’s Hamel, the Obeah Man. He will go back “to my mother’s country”.


Liz rated it really liked it Aug 04, Yasmin marked it as to-read Oct 05, A bit like Tolkien’s elves? Joel rated it really liked it Mar 02, Joanna is given nothing to do but pine silently for her lover and hamep over her mother’s grave.

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Hamel, forced to choose between saving a white friend to whom he owes a personal debt and his duty to the rebels, consciously chooses his friend. It was a lot of things, but mainly So he prefers a sort of plantation-based, benevolent feudalism to ruthless industrialisation. By discussing Hamel in relation to the already established tradition of British Gothic, I will show how the novel exploits the tradition to a new end as it engages with the anxieties rampant in colonial Jamaica at this crucial moment in Britain’s consolidation of its Empire.

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Amy Mxn rated it did not like it Jul 31, He is pro-colonial; anti-imperialist; pro-slavery;anti-moralbusybodying. I would have expected something 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.