Memory in David Chariandy's Novel "Soucouyant" Book Review by Nicky

Memory in David Chariandy's Novel "Soucouyant"
Reviews "Soucouyant" by David Chariandy, a novel about forgetting and remembering.
# 146902 | 1,365 words | 0 sources | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 22, 2011 in English (Analysis) , Literature (Canadian) , Aging (General)

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This paper explains that, in the novel "Soucouyant" by David Chariandy, the protagonist's mother starts to not remember more and more as her mind becomes affected by dementia, which triggers a chain of inner feelings and emotions for the protagonist. Next, the author specifically reviews a paragraph in which Chariandy underscores some of the positive aspects of forgetting. The paper stresses that this book looks at the degree to which dementia can degrade and diminish a person or can be integrated into the characteristics of old age that in no way reduces but fully enlightens that individual.

From the Paper:

"In fact, dementia also seems to be the tie between Adele and her son. The narrator had in fact left, potentially because of the alienation he felt towards his mother, only to return two years later. The reason for the return can be clearly read between the lines: his hope is to discover and identify the missing ends from his mother's stories, all these being important connectors with both his own past and cultural traditions and background."

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