A CARGO OF PARROTS by R. Hernekin Baptist
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Another of the novelettes submitted in the contest and chosen for publication. The whole group shows an extraordinarily high level of literary merit and interest. This is one of the best, --the story of Ramazzini, an African native, faced with the charge of his dead master to deliver his cargo of parrots to England, and of the problems he faces in the jealousy and resentment of the sadistic first mate on the small vessel, who resents the Negro's imperturbability. Ramazzini solves the ultimate problem with the one solution to recognizes, death. The bird boy typifies the spirit of his race, -- power, sagacity, loyalty, inscrutability. The parrots signify the country, its exoticism, brilliance, mystery. There is color -- and drama -- and portraiture of a race and a land. A brief book in compass, but not in implication.

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 1937
Publisher: Little, Brown