Always nice to be back in the Caribbean.
Excited to be learning about an island that I don’t currently know that much about. That’s about to change! Let’s get started, shall we?
I’ve been defeated by an island nation of 55,000 people.
I’ve tried, tried, and tried again to find a book about the Cayman Islands that I actually wanted to read, but it’s time to call the game. It’s not happening. Not sure if it’s the head-space I’m in, or that everything I came across was either a bulked-up tourist brochure, an exhaustive 700-page history written by a retired expat banker, or oddly too personal and/or political.
I bow to you, little off-shore banking haven. You actually made me not-interested in reading. Not sure that’s ever happened before. I will attempt to honor your unique spirit when I get cooking; I’m sure we can mend our relationship over a nice meal!
Delving into life in Calvary Hill, a marginalized neighborhood in Trinidad’s capital city of Port of Spain, this novel takes on the topics of colonialism, racism, poverty, gender roles, aging and more in the most masterful way.
I’m not sure that I’ve ever read a book with deeper character development, especially the interior journey of the protagonist, Aldrick. Now that I know him, I’ll never forget him. I feel like I’ve been allowed a glimpse into a world that I would never have otherwise been exposed to, and am grateful for the introduction.
(image by Dr. Ted Hill, via Wikimedia Commons)