By Robert Antoni
In 1845 London, an engineer, thinker, philanthropist, and bold-faced charlatan, John Adolphus Etzler, has invented machines that he thinks will remodel the department of work and unfastened all males. He types a collective referred to as the Tropical Emigration Society (TES), and recruits various London electorate to take his machines and his faulty principles to shape a proto-socialist, utopian neighborhood within the British colony of Trinidad.
Among his recruits is a tender boy (and the book's narrator) named Willy, who falls head-over-heels for the captivating and clever Marguerite Whitechurch. Coming from the gentry, Marguerite is an international clear of Willy's laboring type. because the voyage maintains, and their love for each other strengthens, Willy and Marguerite end up themselves to be real socialists, their activities and adventures status in stark distinction to Etzler's disconnected theories.
Robert Antoni's tragic old novel, accented with West Indian cadence and appealing humor, presents an unforgettable glimpse into nineteenth-century Trinidad & Tobago.
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Miss Gibson pulled us into her arms and said, "I couldn't have survived without you two. " "Thank you," I whispered, my eyes burning but dry. What I needed was to spill out my emotions in torrents of tears, but I couldn't give myself the pleasure. I didn't deserve tears. I deserved the pain in my chest, the constant hollow feeling of loss. Mr. Younger, Josh Paul and I crowded into the front of the two-seater wagon. Long planks of lumber attached to the wheels turned the wagon into a sleigh. Feller resembled a strange animal from a foreign country.
Mr. Walsh moved the fur covers he had in his sleigh to the side and placed the mail bag over in the middle to make room for her. Josh Paul, Miss Gibson and I looked at one another. We couldn't say good-bye like we usually did. We had shared Page 25 laughter, hunger, fear and death. It hurt to leave each other. Miss Gibson pulled us into her arms and said, "I couldn't have survived without you two. " "Thank you," I whispered, my eyes burning but dry. What I needed was to spill out my emotions in torrents of tears, but I couldn't give myself the pleasure.
I clung to Papa's back, using his broad shoulders for a shield against the cold wind. Papa barely stopped to let me slide off Rebel's back at Bulews' store. " His voice was gruff. " I called after him, but he rode off without an answer. I stood by a drift of snow in front of the store and watched him gallop away. There were other stores in TuliaGeneral Mercantile and a new one owned by Mr. Cantrell, but Mama had always done business with Bulews'. They let us buy on credit when Grandma's money was late arriving.