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The White Woman on the Green Bicycle

A Novel

By Monique Roffey

The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
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  • Paperback: Apr 2011,
    448 pages.

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The story of one woman's marital and personal struggles set in the seductive and politically chaotic landscape of post-colonial Trinidad

On the fateful day that newlyweds George and Sabine Harwood disembark from the ship that has transported them from their comfortable lives in England to a newly liberated Trinidad, a cluster of ravens circles the harbor, boding ill for their island adventure.

Throughout this sensuous and deeply sad novel, the motif of flight asserts an ominous presence in many forms - floating ash appears in Sabine's dreams as the reverse image of snow ("black flecks... against a blanket of white"), a fancy hat reminds George of a dead raven, and, in a technological twist, a blimp orbits the island, silently spying on its citizens for unknown yet widely speculated reasons. Each of these examples delineates Sabine's unhappiness in Trinidad, which is both instant and life-long.

Bird imagery even extends to the real-life popular calypso singer dubbed the Mighty Sparrow, though he represents social ...

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