Kreyolicious Reads…Kreyolicious Reads…your very own Haitian-American Book Club…in which…in which I discuss a book about Haiti.
Today’s novel is Ready to Burst by author Franketienne. This novel is translated form the French by Kaiama L. Glover and is brought to us by Archipelago Books, a publishing house that specializes in making international novels accessible to audiences in the USA.
Now, regarding the book…at it’s center is Raynand, a 20-something living in Port-au-Prince in the 1960s. Within just pages, it becomes clear that this isn’t going to be the archetypal coming-of-age novel. Raynand is found in the streets unconscious and is brought home by a friend. There’s so much paranoia in his world.
The novel even plunges into class differences. In one scene, Raynand has a meet-the-parents episode that quickly turns into an intellectual showdown, as his girlfriend Solange’s father, tests him on his knowledge of Latin, French, current events, cinema knowledge, and historical events.
This novel is short, but with every page you’ll be able to feel lots of the intensity of Raynand’s world.
Have you read this book? Be sure to let me know and share your thoughts.