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Even in Paradise

Elizabeth Nunez

Peter Ducksworth, a Trinidadian widower of English ancestry, retires to Barbados, believing he will find an earthly paradise there. He decides to divide his land among his three daughters while he is alive, his intention not unlike that of King Lear's who hoped, "That future strife / May be prevented now." But Lear made the fatal mistake of confusing flattery with love, and so does Ducksworth. Feeling snubbed by his youngest daughter, Ducksworth decides that only after he dies will she receive her portion of the land. In the meantime, he gives his two older daughters their portions, ironically setting in motion the very strife he hoped to prevent. Beautifully written in elegant prose, this is a novel about greed, resentment, jealousy, betrayal, and romantic love, through which Nunez weaves themes of racism and classism in the postcolonial world of the Caribbean, giving us a diverse cast of characters of African, Indian, Chinese, Syrian/Lebanese, and English ancestry.

Peter Ducksworth, a Trinidadian widower of English ancestry, retires to Barbados, believing he will find an earthly paradise there. He decides to divide his land among his three daughters while he is alive, his intention not unlike that of King Lear's who hoped, "That future strife / May be prevented now." But Lear made the fatal mistake of confusing flattery with love, and so does Ducksworth. Feeling snubbed by his youngest daughter, Ducksworth decides that only after he dies will she receive her portion of the land. In the meantime, he gives his two older daughters their portions, ironically setting in motion the very strife he hoped to prevent. Beautifully written in elegant prose, this is a novel about greed, resentment, jealousy, betrayal, and romantic love, through which Nunez weaves themes of racism and classism in the postcolonial world of the Caribbean, giving us a diverse cast of characters of African, Indian, Chinese, Syrian/Lebanese, and English ancestry.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Peter Ducksworth, a Trinidadian widower of English ancestry, retires to Barbados, believing he will find an earthly paradise there. He decides to divide his land among his three daughters while he is alive, his intention not unlike that of King Lear's who hoped, "That future strife / May be prevented now." But Lear made the fatal mistake of confusing flattery with love, and so does Ducksworth. Feeling snubbed by his youngest daughter, Ducksworth decides that only after he dies will she receive her portion of the land. In the meantime, he gives his two older daughters their portions, ironically setting in motion the very strife he hoped to prevent. Beautifully written in elegant prose, this is a novel about greed, resentment, jealousy, betrayal, and romantic love, through which Nunez weaves themes of racism and classism in the postcolonial world of the Caribbean, giving us a diverse cast of characters of African, Indian, Chinese, Syrian/Lebanese, and English ancestry.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Corey Allen

Length:

9h 53m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

25:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

19:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

26:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

21:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

22:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

30:45


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

26:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

36:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

47:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

34:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

18:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

24:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

22:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

25:33


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

19:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

15:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:38


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

18:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:15


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

14:53


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:31