Books: A Place in the Sun

A BRIGHTER SUN (215 pp.)—Samuel Selvon—Viking ($3).

The first time Tiger got a look at his wife was when they were getting married. As the ceremonial sheet was thrown over them, he raised her veil to sneak a glimpse and saw a teen-ager with "black, sad eyes, long hair, undeveloped breasts." Tiger was only 16 himself.

"What you name?"

"Urmilla."

It was a conventional marriage because this was Trinidad. Like their parents, who had arranged the deal, the young marrieds could neither read nor write. Now they were going to the distant town of Barataria...

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