Roots, Race And Identity: Texaco, By Patrick Chamoiseau

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Stacy Charles
Roots, Race and identity
Dr. Robyn Cope
April 28, 2016

Texaco is a novel written by Patrick Chamoiseau. The novel presents a historical and personal perspective of individuals living in Texaco, a suburb on the outskirt of Fort-de-France, the capital of Martinique. The central narrative of the story arises from Marie-Sophie Laborieux, who is a daughter of a freed slave. In her narrative, she recounts her family history from the beginning of the 1820s through to the late 20th century. These recollections of her history draw both on her personal memory and the stories told to her by her father. As you read the novel, one can see that Texaco follows a non-linear plot line. Although Texaco has this complex story arrangement, one can see how Chamoiseau brilliantly intertwines short quotations from notebooks, journals and letters to provide us with historical context based on Martinique. This book is so explicit, it follows a lot of themes and ideas and these themes and ideas are distinguishing characteristics.This sentence does say anything?! All these characteristics made Texaco have an important impact on the advancement on French Caribbean history and it is also significant in providing an expression of Creolization through its use of simile and metaphorical terms to express abstract ideas and give voice to oral stories, beliefs and myths.This sentence contains very important ideas but
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Chamoiseau uses magical realism in Texaco

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