Banana Bottom

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 320
Subject: Fiction, World Literature

Banana Bottom

Claude McKay

Paperback(Out of stock)
9781852427948 (1 Dec 2005)
£7.99

About the book

In the early 1900s, Bita Plant returns to Jamaica after seven years of European education to live with Malcolm and Priscilla Craig - the white missionary benefactors who helped her become a cultivated young woman. They have Bita's future mapped out: training at the mission and marrying a dedicated theological student. Reluctant to accept this fate, she is drawn back to the festivals, superstitious faith and passionate love affairs of her West Indian culture. Such antics are not deemed fitting for a refined lady and Bita must choose between the evangelical guidance of the Craigs and the sensual vitality of her roots. First published in 1933, the richly lyrical Banana Bottom is often regarded as McKay's finest novel. His innovation lies in the directness with which he speaks of social and political injustice for Afro-Caribbeans and in his choice of the working class as his focus. Claude McKay was an instrumental figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

About the author

Claude McKay travelled to New York from Jamaica in 1912. In addition to his novels Banjo and Banana Bottom, he is perhaps most widely remembered for his poems, of which the most significant collection is Harlem Shadows (1922). James Weldon Johnson remarked that "Claude McKay's poetry was one of the great forces in bringing about what is often called the 'Negro Literary Renaissance.'" McKay completed his autobiography, A Long Way from Home, in 1937. He died in 1948.

Reviews

Claude McKay's mellowest book... His rich, robust humor is undiminished

- Nation

There is abundant humour in this book and pathos; there is melodrama and the quiet charm of introspective analysis, and above all there is entertainment

- Saturday Review

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 320
Subject: Fiction, World Literature