Saints and Sinners in the Caribbean: The Case for Islands in the Stream
Reads Islands in the Stream as a structural and thematic inversion of The Old Man and the Sea. Wilson argues that although both protagonists struggle in a hostile and alienated world, Santiago triumphs through his faith in the heroic human spirit while Hudson fails through spiritual despair. Provides a close examination of the complicated structure of Islands, arguing that despite the common critical view that it is structurally loose, the novel’s careful crafting ensures a consistent and balanced narrative that enhances its thematic coherence.
Studies in American Fiction