The Amazing Absorbing Boy by Rabindranath Maharaj is a well written, first-person vernacular account of a young Trinidadian boy who leaves his island village of Mayaro after his mother dies, and with the help of his Uncle Boysie, journeys to meet his absentee father in Canada.
Not entirely sure what to expect, he soon discovers that his father is no less absent in person, making it clear from the beginning that 17-year-old Sam’s arrival in Toronto was not by his choice. In the void left by his father’s continued and unexplained absences, Sam begins to explore the new world he has found himself in, moving in ever growing spheres of discovery as he replaces his fears with an open seeking for understanding.
It is a strange new place he finds himself in, living in an apartment block in Toronto’s Regent Park but gradually travelling further out around and eventually beyond…
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