No. 11 • February 2007

Image above: We Are Forced to Speak to Kings Because of Their Guns (2006), by Dean Arlen; mixed media, 85 x 108 cm; courtesy the artist


Reggae messiah
Garnette Cadogan on Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley, revised and enlarged, by Timothy White; Marley Legend: An Illustrated Life of Bob Marley, by James Henke; Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley, by Christopher John Farley; The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Album of the Century, by Vivien Goldman; Bob Marley and His Musical Legacy, by Jeremy Collingwood; Bob Marley: The Definitive Discography, by Roger Steffens and Leroy Jodie Pierson; Dubwise: Reasoning from the Reggae Underground, by Klive Walker; and This Is Pop: In Search of the Elusive at Experience Music Project, ed. Eric Weisbard

Trinidad is paradise
Melissa Richards on Like Heaven, by Niala Maharaj

Ghost world
Brendan de Caires on The Ghost of Memory, by Wilson Harris

Kingdom come
Edward Baugh on The Fear of Stones and Kingdom of Empty Bellies, by Kei Miller

Emphasis added
Anu Lakhan on Muscular Learning: Cricket and Education in the Making of the British West Indies at the End of the 19th Century, by Clem Seecharan

Slices of time
Mark Lyndersay on Seasons of Dance: The Story of Jamaican Dance Theatre, by Monica DaSilva

Short and bittersweet
Jonathan Ali on Chutney Power and Other Stories, by Willi Chen, and Pink Icing and Other Stories, by Pamela Mordecai

• Robert Edison Sandiford on Call of the Quarter Master, by Winston O. Farrell

Other new and recent books



Boom generation
Christopher Cozier on Dean Arlen’s Cape Town Chronicles

On Minshall and reading the mas
Kenneth Ramchand on Peter Minshall