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A mãe de Celia morreu ao dá-la à luz: quando uma alma chega, outra tem de partir, como diz a tia Tassi. Criada nos trópicos de Tobago por uma tia que a adora e um tio que ela julga ser o diabo, o destino da menina ganha voz nas palavras ambíguas do adivinho: onde crescem limas, não nascem laranjas. Um cruel acontecimento, que vem provar a maldade do tio, faz com que CeliaA mãe de Celia morreu ao dá-la à luz: quando uma alma chega, outra tem de partir, como diz a tia Tassi. Criada nos trópicos de Tobago por uma tia que a adora e um tio que ela julga ser o diabo, o destino da menina ganha voz nas palavras ambíguas do adivinho: onde crescem limas, não nascem laranjas. Um cruel acontecimento, que vem provar a maldade do tio, faz com que Celia fuja para Trindade, em busca de uma vida nova e libertadora. Um romance lírico, escrito em harmonia com a riqueza da paisagem tropical e com o toque sobrenatural do imaginário da sua gente....

Title : Onde Crescem Limas não Nascem Laranjas
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Onde Crescem Limas não Nascem Laranjas Reviews

  • Janet
    2019-04-14 02:35

    Celia knows that her mother died in childbirth and that her father, a white Englishman, wanted nothing to do with her, but she daydreams about one day taking the long trip to Southampton, England, to track her father down. Surely once he meets her he’ll want to get to know her?When Celia has to deliver limes to Mrs Jeremiah, who is rumoured to be clairvoyant, she’s warned that she will be hurt by her Aunt’s husband Roman. Mrs Jeremiah also issues the following prophesy. “Men will want you like they want a glass of rum - to drink you up and pee you out. One man will love you. But you won’t love him. You will harm him. You will destroy his life. The one you love will break your heart in two. You’ll die in a foreign place”. She tosses Celia a lump of black rock to act as a talisman and Celia runs away as Mrs Jeremiah tries to exorcise her.When Mrs Jeremiah’s warning about Roman comes true, Celia flees Tobago. There she starts to rebuild her life helped by the kindness of a young man she meets on the boat who looks after her and finds her employment with an English family who live in Trinidad. Celia soon finds happiness - but how long will it last?I chose this book on my Book Spa day, because Amanda Smyth appeared at the Bath Literature Festival talking about this, her debut novel, and the shop’s owner, Nic said the book had been selling out as soon as it came in which is always encouraging. I liked the sound of it, plus the added benefit of it being eligible for one of my book challenges!The ‘blurb’ mentions a “vivid sense of the supernatural” but to my mind it was really more about local superstition. However, it was an enjoyable story and the writing style is easy to read and reasonably descriptive - I really felt a sense of the Islands. As a debut I thought it was very promising and I hope she writes more.

  • Kinga
    2019-03-22 19:42

    Drama, drama, drama. This reads like a Brazilian soap opera.I quite liked it even if I knew exactly where it was going around the page 120. This is your typical story about women with its usual themes of love, betrayal, pregnancy, motherhood.What I liked most about the book is probably the setting which is Trinidad and Tobago. It was written in the first person in a rather simple style but the descriptions were captivating.It definitely calls for a sequel.

  • cardulelia carduelis
    2019-03-23 18:32

    You should know, going in, that Black Rock is tremendously difficult to read. It's not the writing, the language, or the setting - all are ok, some nice descriptions of scenery and the dialogue gives a sense of place that other islanders have commented is representative. The difficulty comes with both our heroine, her voice, and the plot. If nothing else Black Rock is a story of manipulation, entrapment, and abuse of women (of both races but honestly the physical abuse and debasement of black women in the novel far exceeds that of their white neighbours). The author (interviewed here) describes her novel as a 'coming-of-age story' but there is very little growth shown in Celia over the three years we follow her. Before the horrendous (view spoiler)[rape and (hide spoiler)] trauma that causes her flee her hometown Celia is described as bright, with a good future, and recommended to set on a track for university.Her health and physical/mental wellbeing are not only taken from her but also any chance of her following this academic future and leaving her family's poverty. This aspect of the story is never touched again when she leaves Black Rock - her attractiveness, height, lush skin and hair being her sole descriptors thereafter. Celia is reduced from a bright, thoughtful, and wary young woman to one who exists only to serve: the men who desire her, the women who outrank her socially. The odd thing is that after this first incident of abuse we never hear Celia's thoughts again. (view spoiler)[We are told of her love for Rodriguez but it is never shown or motivated. Celia comes across as cold and lacking any motivation for both her relationship and her betrayal of the lady of the house. (hide spoiler)]The outcome of the novel: that she fulfills the divinations of the local witch-woman, that she follows in the footsteps of the generations of women before her, without job, with a family she doesn't trust, partnerless (view spoiler)[and pregnant (hide spoiler)] was massively depressing. That there was no closure for her, her aunt, her father, her mother and when so much conflict could have been cleared up by a few conversations... it's enough to make you go mad. But Celia remains cold and composed and plods on and so, too, does the reader. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Alan
    2019-03-25 01:34

    I've read a proof copy of this, it isn't out yet. It's full of lovely writing. She's a mate (in my writer's group) so of course I'm very biased. And I'm going to the launch in March in the Trinidad & Tobago embassy in London. I'll add more later.Later:It is out now. I think in America it will be called something different.(ah found it - Lime Tree Can't Bear Orange). The Guardian gave it a good review on Saturday:There are hints of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea throughout Smyth's hypnotic, eerie novel. The setting is colonial 1950s West Indies. Celia d'Abadie is 16, a promising pupil in Black Rock, Tobago, living uneasily with secretive, superstitious Aunt Tassi and Tassi's predatory partner Roman. Celia's original parentage is vague - a mother dead in childbirth, an unknown father in England. After being raped by Roman, she escapes to Trinidad, where she later takes a job as nanny to the wealthy Dr Rodriguez and his unstable, homesick English wife. Celia begins a feverish affair with Rodriguez and reveals herself as a complex character, simultaneously trapped and powerful; Smyth writes entrancingly on tropical heat and light, indolence, vengeance and desire.

  • Danna
    2019-04-14 02:42

    Lime Tree Can't Bear Orange takes place in Trinidad. The story follows a young woman as she comes of age. After she is assaulted by her step-father, she flees her home and embarks on a tumultuous journey. She engages in cliche love affair with her new boss (father of the household she nannies for), and becomes pregnant. Overall, I found the book very enjoyable, although somewhat predictable (the author lays clues throughout the story) and cliche up until the end. Even though I had guessed one of the surprise revelations, I was still thrown by the ending. It was one of the rare occasions for me, where the surprise ending actually made me feel like I enjoyed the book more (usually they annoy me and make me like a book less). Absolutely worth a read. Also, was fun reading a story that took place in Trinidad, getting a tiny taste of the culture (as I have never read a story based there before).

  • Champaign Public Library
    2019-03-31 21:38

    Lovely Celia leaves an unbearable situation in her home on Tobago to make her way on Trinidad. Hardworking and intelligent in some ways, she still permits herself to be used by those with power granted by their race and privilege. A soothsayer's predictions come true leading to a possibly tragic conclusion. Only three stars because I found much of the plot to be fairly predictable, but still really appreciated the simple yet vivid writing and the setting in Trinidad and Tobago. Having visited this country, I was able to clearly imagine the carefully described sights and sounds, the accents of the characters and the calls of the birds.Reviewed by Linda.

  • Arlene
    2019-04-01 01:21

    This book was another one of my Read Around the World selections. It is set in Trinidad Tobago and tells the story of a young woman who is alone except for her aunt, cousins and evil uncle. As Celia grows up it seems that bad luck follows her like a shadow. But how much of the bad luck is caused by Celia herself? Sometimes I wanted to just shake this character and say, " Wake Up, these people are using you!" A short but engaging book, I found myself musing over Celia and wondering if she ever learned to take care of herself.

  • Crystal Belle
    2019-04-06 18:42

    definitely some good writing throughout the novel and it takes place in trinidad and tobago. it was nice to read about an island that is so close to home for me. however, the main character goes through so many "bad luck" phases, it is hard to read this book and have one moment of happiness. towards the end there were many, many twists and turns which turned a novel that started off so strong into an intense soap opera. but according to my mother, this is the epitome of island life...i guess so. a good beach read.

  • Theresa Powers
    2019-03-30 19:42

    This was very compelling. The content created some mixed emotions toward the main character. She seemed like a lost soul to me just trying to find her way through life. I did not always agree with the choices she made, because there was a lot of hurt created for the characters around her. However, that was precisely what made this book interesting. I was riveted throughout. The setting was in the tropics so I became fascinated with the culture,food, and landscape as well.

  • carpe librorum :)
    2019-04-10 23:41

    Foi pelo título que veio até mim, uma amiga gostou e ofereceu-me. Gostei da tropicalidade, da descrição das paisagens, dos cheiros e dos sabores, mais do que a história. Apesar das inúmeras descrições, é uma leitura rápida, não fossem alguns acontecimentos que me parecem demasiado detalhados e irrelevantes para a história e seria uma leitura bastante fluída. Ela é capaz de gostar, vou partilhar.

  • Jonathan
    2019-03-25 01:33

    Debut novel by Irish-Trinidadian writer Amanda Smyth, about a young, mixed-race Tobago girl who leaves her home for Trinidad in the 1950s to make something of her life. A skillfully written and engaging book, if a little too careful, and therefore ultimately somewhat bloodless and underwhelming. With a detail of the haunting painting "Grande Riviere" by Peter Doig as its cover illustration.

  • Mary
    2019-04-03 20:38

    "I believe you follow your life, Celia. You don't lead your life. It's a mistake people make. We're not that powerful or important." (p. 99)This was a good novel, but not a great one. The life that Celia follows was easily predicted from the beginning of the book.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-04 21:44

    This book told a story that I've read many times before. The only difference was it took place in Tabago and the main character Celia was brave enough in the beginning to leave her home after she was raped.

  • Beth
    2019-04-10 02:50

    Don't bother. I found it on the shelf in the library that was labeled, "These books have not been checked out for a long time. Check them out and let the librarian know if they are worth keeping." The answer to this question is, NO. Do not keep this book. The girl is told her entire life by a soothsayer when she is little, and guess what? It all comes true. Surprise, surprise. Boring.

  • Howard
    2019-03-19 18:20

    I really quite liked this book but I also had some issues with it. Firstly it is written in a quite simplistic almost childlike way, initially this is because we are hearing the voice of Celia as the first person. This voice didn’t mature however as Celia grew older and instead retained its childlike quality, I actually really liked the way it was written but it did make the novel feel a bit sparse. I’m actually engaged to a Trinidadian and I understood a lot of the references to the flora, fauna and food of the islands but they really could have done with more explanation, that’s not to say you want to be bogged down in the minutiae but sometimes it felt as if Ms Smyth was simply peppering the story with as many references to all things Trinidadian as she could to somehow prove her pedigree as a Trini writer. I felt she could’ve spent a bit more time and effort in describing 1950’s Trinidad too. She did however get the dialogue spot on, I could almost hear the characters speaking as I read the book, the accent was clearly defined in the words. The story itself is pretty predictable, poor girl has hard time at home goes to the big city and is taken advantage of by rich white boss. Then that is followed by the most spectacularly obvious ‘twist’ I have ever read, the author spent far to much time setting the scene for it and in doing so made it incredibly obvious. That said it was still a very enjoyable book, it kept me coming back for more and the characters were very well written and you felt you wanted to read more whenever you put the book down.Normally I hate when a book waffles on unnecessarily and the author has obviously fleshed it out, this one suffers from the opposite of that. I found myself relying on my actual memories of the places rather than having them described to me. The references that I didn’t get I found myself either asking my fiancée about or Wikipedia-ing them. There could definitely have been a bit more description all round and I hope that wasn’t the result of an over zealous editor, as for me it stopped this book quite reaching the level of a ‘very’ good read.

  • Ape
    2019-04-18 22:20

    I devoured this book in a couple of days. In a lot of respects it's very simliar to a hundred thousand other books out there in plot and so forth, but it's well written and just engrossing. I just dissolved into this world of Trinidad and Tobago (how I imagined it anyway, I've never actually been there) - the scenary, the people, the superstitions... I'm very glad I picked this book up on a bit of a whim, because I'd heard of neither the author nor the book beforehand.Celia comes from Black Rock on Tobago. Her mother is dead and her father lives in England, and she lives with her aunt, twin cousins, and her aunt's scabby second husband. She runs away to Trinidad and ends up working as a nanny/maid for a doctor's family - the mother is English and the doctor is from... was it Guyana? Anyway, during the years on Trinidad she spends it between this family's home and a plantation out in the wilds where her aunt Sula lives.Celia is abused by two men during the story, one she hates, one she loves. They are both serial unfaithful men, although one suffers for it, the other seems to be treated as though he has done nothing wrong. Celia suffers both times. The first is with the aunt's scabby husband, who rapes her - Celia then runs away. She later hears that he was caught raping another young girl and ends up being beaten to death on the beach. She is glad of this. The second is the doctor, who comes and seduces her, initiates all of the rendez-vous. It turns out this affair is just one in a line, which pushes his wife into a nervous breakdown. Word gets around and Celia is shunned, can't get another job in the town, and every one looks down their noses at her. And yet the doctor retains his place in the local community, is treated with respect as if he has done nothing wrong!! And he's the older, experienced man, taking advantage of a young girl who has never known love. That made me so cross.

  • Anne
    2019-04-14 23:39

    Amanda Smyth was awarded an Arts Council Grant for this, her first novel.'Black Rock' is set in Trinidad in the 1950s and the details of life on the island which has just become independent from Britain is excellent. The language used throughout the novel is very authentic, the reader can almost hear the rhythm in the character's dialogue.Celia is the heroine of the novel. She is living in Tobago with her Aunt and her step Uncle and their two children. Her mother died in childbirth and she doesnt know her father, only that he was an Englishman and lives in Southampton. Celia dreams that one day she will travel to England and trace her English family.Celia has a neighbour, the local fortune teller, who predicts that she will have a hard life, her heart will be broken and will also break hearts.A terrible thing happens to Celia when she is just sixteen, feeling that she has no one to turn to, she runs away to Trinidad. Celia is very sick on the journey and is befriended by a young man and his family, she finds a job and spends time with her Mother's other sister - Aunt Sula, who loves Celia and treats her very well.The novel follows Celia's life over the next few months. At times she seems a very hard hearted young girl, but events in her short life have made her that way.This is a wonderfully written first novel that I read in just a couple of days. The language, the storyline, the characters are all so well drawn. The story is often surprising and often very sad but keeps you turning the pages to find out Celia's fate.A great new writer to look out for, I really hope that Amanda Smyth secures a further book deal.

  • Gijs Grob
    2019-04-10 00:26

    'Black Rock' speelt zich af in Trinidad & Tobago in de jaren vijftig, toen het nog een Engelse kolonie was. Hoofdpersoon Celia vertelt over haar jeugd tot aan haar negentiende jaar. (view spoiler)[Celia groeit op op Tobago, bij haar tante Tassie, die met de drinkende nietsnut Roman samenleeft. Wanneer Roman Celia verkracht, vlucht ze naar Trinidad, waar ze liefdevol opgevangen wordt door William en zijn familie, en kan gaan werken bij de blanke Dr. Brown, die een affaire met haar begint, met alle gevolgen van dien. Het verhaal eindigt opvallend open.(hide spoiler)]. De roman wordt verteld in eenvoudige, korte zinnen, die wel passen bij de jonge vertelster. Celia zelf blijft een ietwat enigmatische en niet altijd sympathieke hoofdpersoon: blijkbaar erg mooi, maar ook gesloten, passief en zelfzuchtig. De roman snijdt dezelfde thematiek aan als Cloth Girl, maar is geconcentreerder en meer gefocust. Het heeft de leasury speed van de tropen, waarmee het rustig opbouwt tot een heftige finale. Smyth heeft oog voor triviale details, en dit maakt de passages in Tobago evocatief, hoewel Trinidad veel minder scherp uit de verf komt. De ultieme Trinidad & Tobago-roman is met 'Black Rock' nog niet geschreven...

  • Debbie Boucher
    2019-04-01 20:45

    Another novel written by a Trini. I picked this one up at my last book club. I would be willing to read this author again when she comes out with a new book. She writes well and captures the essence of TT. There were a few confusing things, however, like trying to find this book so I could rate it on Goodreads. I guess the original title was Lime Trees Can't Bear Oranges. When I read the review, I realized it was the same book, and that the title had been changed to Black Rock when it came out in paperback. The other confusion was the timeframe of the story. Turns out it was set in the '50s, even though it seemed more like the '30s or the '40s to me. That said, this book is worth reading even if you're not all that interested in Trinidad and Tobago, which is why I gave it 4 stars.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-03 19:24

    What a satisfying read! This seems like an Oprah book to me--wonder if she's heard of it yet?[return][return]Celia grew up in Tobago with an aunt because her father ran off to England after her mother died during childbirth. Always an outsider, Celia then has to deal with a handsy step-uncle who eventually rapes her. But Celia isn't one to give in. She runs away toward her aunt, but gets sidetracked by a sickness that leads her to working as a nanny for a rich family. Celia lives up to the witchwoman's words and hurts one man who loves her and can't have the man she loves. This is so like an Oprah book! It's a romance with a woman who has been wronged, but she can't make the right decisions because of her abuse as a young girl. She isn't quite sure how to be in a positive relationship with a man, and eventually understands that her parents didn't quite have the right idea either.

  • Ilyhana Kennedy
    2019-04-02 01:33

    There is a disturbing scene early in this novel so readers perhaps need to brace for it.Amanda Smyth has written the classic story of abused power and trust. Through her eyes we see how a girl's psyche may be captured both by force and by seduction. And we see the avoidance of responsibility disguised as blame.This is a deceptively powerful novel. The setting is somewhat exotic, though often breaking into the mundane. The "understory" was not completely predictable and came as something of a surprise, even though one might think that it shouldn't upon reflection.It's nicely written. It felt very much like a very young woman speaking. What was most obvious was the way that her personality was being shaped by what happened to her, and how it was her nature to survive that.

  • Dani (Pen to Paper)
    2019-04-13 22:40

    I was torn between giving this 4 or 5 stars, so I think the better rating would be 4.5. It lost marks with me because I could see the twist coming for a while before it actually happened, and all that happened with me then was that I was proven right. There wasn't really any surprise in that for me. This did kind of detract from my rating a little. Otherwise I felt the story was fairly original, although slightly reminiscent of The Color Purple by Alice Walker, and I have never come across a novel set in Tobago and Trinidad before, so that was nice and refreshing. A fairly enjoyable novel that I would recommend to others.

  • Paula
    2019-03-20 01:30

    This is, in many ways, the ultimate book club book... there's a young girl who is driven to make her way in the big city when her uncle "does something unforgivable." Once there, she gets entangled in relationships, has her heart broken, learns important life lessons, eventually returns home, and learns about the shocking twist that puts the rest of the novel in a new light. Unfortunately, I don't care for book club books, and just reading the first few chapters and the last few pages was enough for me. However, if you do like book club books, I'd highly recommend it, as it's really well written and the setting (Tobago) makes for a nice change.

  • Cynthia
    2019-04-05 01:30

    Loved this book !!! The story is about Celia and her search to find her place in life. She is an orphan, and is constantly wondering about her real mother and father. I seems that she finds herself the victim of men in quite a few instances. Of course, she falls in love with the man who cannot love her back, while the other man in her life would do anything for her, but she does not love him back. Isn't that always the way it goes ? The story takes lots of twists and turns, but I was quite surprised by the ending.

  • Sandra Hinds
    2019-03-28 23:49

    I knew from the moment I saw the title of this book that it had to have a West Indian connection and it did...Trinidad and Tobago to be precise. Having lived there for 4 months I could identify with the people and places. Celia's story is so sad, she's never truly happy and always searching for something. She asks herself more than once "what to do, what to do" and you really wonder what she IS going to do. Her innocence was stolen when she was 16 and she never got over it. This is a good read especially for a new author and I'm hoping the author has plans for a sequel.

  • Cindy
    2019-04-09 02:35

    Amanda Smyth zit met dit boek een prima debuut neer. Een mooi verhaal in zijn eenvoud. Een verhaal over de koloniale wereld in de jaren vijftig, en hoe het voor een vrouw was om in die tijd op te groeien. Je krijgt als lezer een goed beeld van de setting en Smyth voert je op een gedreven wijze mee door het verhaal. Een roman over liefde en verraad, vertrouwen en wantrouwen.Zie voor mijn volledige recensie:

  • Morninglight Mama
    2019-03-30 00:23

    I got pulled into this novel quickly and with little fanfare. There's something straightforward and unassuming about this book and its characters. Even though Celia has much to be pained about in her life, she shows very little emotion throughout the course of the story, and the narrative in her voice is quite frank. With a soothsayer's words spoken to her as a child opening the book, her path in life is clear to the reader even when she doesn't see it coming. Smyth writes beautifully, making the islands of Trinidad and Tobago come to life on the page.

  • Khrys
    2019-04-08 19:32

    Great story. I always endorse Caribbean books.... However... I was disappointed with the lack of Creole.... Even the idioms were foreign (out if frying pan into the fire?)... I couldn't identify with much other than the food and places... Also there were a few little things that just did not fit with our culture/history.... E.g. "the seventh grade" , We never used the grade system in Trinidad and Tobago until recently and only in private foreign-run schools. It should have been 5th standard (the local equivalent)Its like the book is about us but not for us

  • Kjersti Egerdahl
    2019-03-30 19:26

    Similar to The Wide Sargasso Sea in the pervading sense of doom in hot climates, and particularly the doom of pretty girls, this book manages to seem like a cliche behind a relatively engaging storyline. Headstrong Third World girl is oppressed by men and becomes independent once she's had a baby and can live happily ever after by living only for her child. I liked reading it but I wish it boiled down to more than that.

  • Sabrina
    2019-03-22 21:40

    This was a good book, the entire time I read it felt like deja vu, I feel like this is reminiscent of another book I read, I cant quite put my finger on the book, but at best felt it was a combo of Sula by Toni Morrison and America's Dream by Esmeralda Santiago. If anyone can relate to the feeling of deja vu or has a closer comparison to another book I'd be very interested in hearing that...otherwise, good, predictable read.