The Dragon Can't Dance

Earl Lovelace


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19 January 1998
ISBN: 9780571193172
240 pages

From the publisher

'A landmark, not in the West Indian, but in the contemporary novel.' C. L. R. James

'First-class talent.'
The Voice

Trinidad, 1970s. Calvary Hill - poverty stricken and rubbish-strewn - is home to a community of people who come together during the joyful yearly town Carnival, becoming larger-than-life versions of themselves. But when it ends, and the strains of day-to-day life grow large, what happens to the peoples' hopes, and the feeling that 'all o' we is one'?

With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Dragon Can't Dance is a stunning, classic novel of the desire for identity and belonging, alongside the legacies of a colonial past.