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Games were coming

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  • Young Men--Trinidad And Tobago--Fiction


Anthony’s first novel, The Games Were Coming is set in Trinidad (San Fernando) during the time of the Southern Games. The novel follows the uncertain course of the yet unconsummated love affair of the two young protagonists, Leon and Sylvia. Leon’s fixation with winning the bicycle race and the intense training he endures under his father’s tutelage leaves Sylvia lonely and feeling unloved. Momentarily beguiled by her married Indian employer’s amorous advances, Sylvia becomes pregnant. Her hope is that Leon’s offer to marry her if he wins the race is serious and that he will accept the child as his. Narrated in a simple, realist, concrete style, the novel renders the sense of immediacy that governs the characters’ lives and the contingencies that they cannot control. This first novel marks the direction Anthony’s fiction would take in its representation of the lives of ordinary Trinidadians, in their language and their behavior.

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