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by Shani Mootoo
In Cereus Blooms at Night, Shani Mootoo brings to life the fictional Caribbean island of Lantanacamara. A complex, nonlinear plot weaves together various threads in the lives of characters from several generations.
In Cereus Blooms at Night, Shani Mootoo brings to life the fictional Caribbean island of Lantanacamara. Mootoo explores themes of gender and identity and sexual orientation while also delving into the effects of trauma. The book deals with some dark subjects- incest, abuse, rape- but ends on a surprisingly hopeful note.
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Cereus Blooms at Night (1996) is the first novel published by film-maker, artist, and writer Shani Mootoo. The novel recounts the story of an old lady named Mala Ramchandin through the narrative of Tyler, a nurse at Paradise Alms House. Although the setting of the novel (the town of Paradise in the country Lantanacamara) is deliberately left ambiguous, it is thought to be patterned after the island of Trinidad, where Mootoo lived as a child
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From the author of Cereus Blooms at Night and Valmiki’s Daughter, both nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, comes a haunting and courageous new novel. Jonathan Lewis-Adey was nine when his parents, who were raising him in a tree-lined Toronto neighbourhood, separated and his mother, Sid, vanished from his life. It was not until he was a grown man, and a promising writer with two books to his name, that Jonathan finally reconnected with his beloved parent-only to find, to his shock and dismay, that the woman he’d known as Sid had morphed into an elegant, courtly man named Sydney.
Cereus Blooms at Night is the partially told story of one woman’s life, beginning when she is admitted to an alms house, suspected of having murdered her father and slowly unravelling back to the turning points, the highs and lows which brought her to be in the state she is in on arrival. It is a novel narrated in parts, each part focusing on a character(s) who were influential in her life, including the young man who never knew her until this day, the one who became her confidant, perhaps the first man she ever trusted, after all that had passed beforehand.
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cereus blooms at night shani mootoo book quote literature quotes like lightning bolts Abi reads Cereus Blooms at Night. By presenting lesbian identity in exterior space, Mootoo’s work subverts the normal private-public dichotomy in which sexuality (and homosexuality in particular) is relegated to the former. The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation, declared Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to justify the 1969 amendment that legalized sexual acts between two consenting adults in private over the age of 21 (1982:226).
There is much to admire about Shani Mootoo's first novel, Cereus Blooms at Night. A magical and evocative book. com User, November 23, 2004. I think I must have read this book about 3 times and each time it weaves a magical web in my mind that takes days to clear. Ms Mootoo manages to take the minutae of life in a time gone by and make them real. Perhaps the book resonates with my own past a bit or perhaps it is just one hell of a well written book.