06 May, 2013
The Sly Company of People Who Care by Rahul Bhattacharya [Emma, Birkenhead Library]
It's a novel, but it is a travel book too. It is filled with gorgeous scenery, cricket talk and reggae music which made me think at first Guyana was in the Carribbean. Rahul Bhattacharya has made a playlist of the of the ska, reggae, chutney, calypso, soca, steelpan, junkanoo, rake-n-scrape, dub, dancehall sounds which give atmosphere throughout.
The narrator of Sly Company of People Who Care is from India, and has decided to "To be a slow ramblin' stranger" for a year - in Guyana. Because he went there briefly once before and liked it. He loves cricket, reggae, drinking rum, and having adventures. He is looking for something, he doesn't know what. He is good at hanging out, and at speaking patois. The narrator embraces life in Guyana and I thought he was almost becoming local himself. Yet he ultimately retains the security of a return ticket home. He was a traveller all along.
Title: The Sly Company of People Who Care
Author: Rahul Bhattacharya
- Emma, Birkenhead Library