Indeed, the poet's range includes the iniquities of history (Irish or otherwise) as much as the oppressions of family experience; the distinct challenges posed by the pieties of place and the uncanniness of displacement; the excitement but also the element of trauma in sexuality; the fascination and revulsion of human predatoriness
Lamming's authorial intention is to demonstrate that from a relatively weak and disadvantaged position of lack of knowledge about the predatoriness
and parasitism of colonialism and imperialism, the people of Creighton village and, indeed, Barbados have reached their epiphany, just like the hero has also come of age to be able to define and re-define his milieu and his Caribbeanness.
Gary Indiana called Jim's blessed predatoriness
an example of an "omnisexual, self-consuming modern consciousness.