CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: CF271
Released: Jun 12, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781428183612
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Award-winning author Caryl Phillips shares the factbased story of three foreigners-black men attempting to fit into a white world. Francis Barber worked for Dr. Samuel Johnson, and after the good doctor's death he struggles for respect. Randy Turpin beats Sugar Ray Robinson in 1951, but soon falls into debt and despair. David Oluwale is a Nigerian immigrant who is brutally beaten by Leeds police officers in 1969.


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Product Number: BX00002603
Product Number:Z0174
Product Number:CF271

All formats/editions

ISBN: #9781456103569
Author(s): Caryl Phillips
Product Number EB00170436
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307472786

Professional reviews

"Caryl Phillips has compiled three biographies of black men struggling to make their way in a white world in England. The accounts date from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. The first and third sections--about a Jamaican boy "given" to Samuel Johnson and a stowaway from Nigeria who ends up in England--make for the best listening. They are narrated by a single performer and a full cast, respectively. Each is riveting because the linguistic skills of the performers give a vivid sense of the time and place of the man being documented. The second section, about Randy Turpin, a mixed-race boxer from Wales, is predominately spoken as a third-person narrative in an American accent. But individual characters are presented with distinct British accents. This makes the middle section a jarring experience overall. P.R. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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