PAWA’S Book of the Week (Week 50)

Deemed one of the most prolific and versatile Seychellois writers and revered as an exponent of the indigenous culture of the island nation, Antoine Abel has done his country, Seychelles justice through his literary accomplishments.

His novel, COCO SEC (Dry Coconut) is similar to many other novels from small island countries.

It tells the story of an individual – in this case covering most of her life – and shows how she relates to the culture, economy and life of her country.

The heroine of this novel is Céline Marchepied. At the start of the novel she is eighty years old and still working.

Abel tells us both what happens to her in the present as well as gradually having her tell her own story. She was the daughter of peasants who worked hard but struggled financially.

COCO SEC is available on

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