Shadows Move Among Them Paperback / softback
Part of the Caribbean Modern Classics series
Portraying the dark, authoritarian side of the utopian dream, this classic novel tells the story of the Reverend Harmston, a man devoted to building a microsociety in which there is a balance between the order that is necessary to produce livelihood and the freedom to fully explore sexuality.
Setting up a commune in the remote Guyanese forest with the creed, "Hard work, frank love, and wholesome play," the reverend attempts to construct an ideal society that opens up cross-cultural dialogue between the spirit of European enlightenment and the culture of the native Amerindians.
Underneath its generally comic tone, however, there are notes of a darker spirit at play--such as Harmston's unquestioned authority and the brutal punishments he hands out--that eerily foreshadow the actual 1978 Jonestown Massacre, a violent event that occurred 27 years after the novel's initial publication.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Peepal Tree Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 27/05/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781845230913