Country #56: Barbados

Barbados! Hello!

First reaction? RIHANNA. I’m a huge fan, and won’t even try to be chill about that. She’s even an ambassador, y’all!

Moving on…

Happy to be back in the Caribbean, as always. It’s such a beautiful, complex, and dynamic part of the world, and I look forward to learning more about Barbados’ place in it.

Reading the Marshall Islands: Melal: A Novel of the Pacific

There are so many personal benefits to working on this blog; one of the foremost is just having the good fortune to meet so many great books. That might seem like a basic thing to say, since this whole exercise is about READING BOOKS, but if you really think about it…you don’t know what you’re going to get when you turn the first page. It could be engaging and worth your time…or not. You just have to trust the process. And so far, I’ve experienced more wins than losses.

That lucky streak continues with the the book I read for the Marshall Islands, Melal: A Novel of the Pacific by Robert Barclay. Heads up, Global Reader readers…this is a really good book. Strong characters, a fully-realized narrative, some very illuminating history; I’ll take it.

As usual, that’s all you’re going to get in terms of plot or analysis. Just view me as a what-should-I-read-next suggestion generator, and then you’ll never be disappointed!

Side note: The Marshall Islands are at the forefront of feeling the effects of climate change. The people there are experiencing real-time problems, and working on solutions. Lots of info out there about how they are facing this massive challenge, but here’s one article to get you started on finding out more…

Image of Majuro atoll Majuro Atoll
(image by Christopher Michel from San Francisco, USA via Wikimedia Commons)

Country #55: The Marshall Islands

Oceania! I’m back, happy to be here, and ready to learn about the Marshall Islands.
Coolest flag ever, BTW.

Reading Mauritius: The Last Brother

This is such a good book. I love it, without reservations.

If you’ve been following this blog, you already know I don’t do full reviews. I’m not going to tell you much about what happens, or offer critiques from a literary standpoint…none of that. Those restrictions make for some awkward going sometimes, but it’s the only fair way to log this journey and share what I’ve learned, while at the same time giving you all the freedom to uncover these books in your own way.

So, I’ll keep this brief, even though I could ramble on for hours…the author, Nathacha Appanah, has managed to put into words all of the intensity and ferocity of love, and of loss. It was so recognizable and yet so often unseen, it took my breath away.

It’s that good. That’s all I’m going to say.

You’ll also learn some really interesting, not-talked-about-much history, but that’s for you to find out…

Sugar Cane Near Long Mountain
Sugar Cane Near Long Mountain (image by Simisa, via Wikimedia Commons)