Crossing the River, Paperback Book
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Caryl Phillips' ambitious and powerful novel spans two hundred and fifty years of the African diaspora.

It tracks two brothers and a sister on their separate journeys through different epochs and continents: one as a missionary to Liberia in the 1830s, one a pioneer on a wagon trail to the American West later that century, and one a GI posted to a Yorkshire village in the Second World War. Crossing the River won the James Tait Black Memorial Award in 1994, and was shortlisted for the 1993 Booker Prize.


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I could not follow this story. The story is composed of a number of loosely connected parts, spanning several centuries, with more than 130 pages consisting of fragmented diary entries, of which, on the final 100 pages, mostly half page entries listed in unchronological order, jumping to and fro.

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