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The Bigger Light

The Toronto Trilogy

by Austin Clarke

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literary, cultural heritage
list price: $27.00
edition:Paperback
category: Fiction
published: 1998
ISBN:9780676971620
publisher: Knopf Canada
imprint: Vintage Canada
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This is Austin Clarke's acclaimed trilogy about a group of West Indian domestics, their friends, lovers, spouses, and employers living in Toronto. In rich, exuberant language, Clarke illuminates a world inhabited by earthy, garrulous, but terribly isolated people, all living, working and struggling with the alien, White, Canadian culture. Dominated by warm, superbly drawn characters and capped by vibrant, unerring dialogue, The Toronto Trilogy is a devastating and brilliant commentary on the quest for success in North America, and it established Austin Clarke as a major Canadian writer.

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Contributor notes

Austin Clarke was born in Barbados and came to Canada to study at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. He has enjoyed a varied and distinguished career as a broadcaster, civil rights leader, and professor. His award-winning work, which includes eight novels and five collections of short fiction, is widely studied in Canadian universities. He is formerly, writer in residence at the University of Guelph, and is the 1998 inaugural winner of The Rogers Communications Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. He lives in Toronto.

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Editorial Review

"Brilliant is the word for Austin Clarke's depiction of his highly ebullient characters." -Canadian Forum
"Mr. Clarke is masterful." -The New York Times

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