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Reviews of Sweet Like Saltwater


“Deonandan’s prose is quirky and engaging . . . at its satirical best it is amusing and incisive . . .”  
The Globe and Mail (full review)

“I was intrigued by ‘Children of the Melange’ and ‘Nataraj,’ the very good opening stories of Raywat Deonanadan’s collection, Sweet Like Saltwater. As he makes clear in his ‘Introduction,’ Deonandan wants to trace the filaments of East Indian traditions as they are transubstantiated in North America, and also, as in the dreamlike cycles of narration in ‘Nataraj,’ to call up old patterns of village life that predate the fatal migrations across continents and time.”
University of Toronto Quarterly (full review)

“An endless fountain of fertile imagination.”Pagitica Magazine (full review)

“Each short story in this volume is exquisitely crafted, as if the writer creates each line like a work of art.”India Currents Magazine (full review)

“I could already smell the flowers and spices, the ocean, hear the tigers and different tongues.”Danforth Review (full review)

“Like other writers of South Asian background such as Michael Ondaatje, Cyril Dabydeen, Sasenarine Persaud, and Zulfikar Ghose, Deonandan helps readers to understand the enormous cultural diversity of our hemisphere.”Americas Magazine (full review)

“Deonandan challenges his readers with the outrageousness that is our modern world, to sit back and ponder the notions of exile and belonging.” (full review)

“What works clearly in his favour is the power of the imagination, a certain freshness and good writing skills.”Stabroek News (full review)

“Psst, here comes a young writer, crossing your path almost noiselessly, who tells stories in such an unpretentious fashion that one is left wondering about the unbearable lightness of his craftsmanship.” –The Caribbean Writer (full review)

Additional short reviews from The Caribbean Voice and The Weekly Voice.