Trinidad and Tobago: A Boy Becoming a Man

I was worried Trinidad and Tobago would be another hard country when it comes to finding a book, but then I remembered that I have already once read a book by V.S. Naipaul, so it will not be a problem finding a book. I looked for another author but could not find one. I chose … Continue reading Trinidad and Tobago: A Boy Becoming a Man

St. Vincent and The Grenadines: Climbing up the Ladder

I have to say it is sometimes almost a disappointment when I look for books from a country I know nothing about, and I expect it to be hard to find a book, but then I find one immediately. That is how I ended up reading Spirits in the Dark by H Nigel Thomas. The … Continue reading St. Vincent and The Grenadines: Climbing up the Ladder

St. Lucia: Existential crisis

Living on an island makes many young men want to leave. They dream about moving to Canada or England to study. The young women are afraid of losing their boyfriends to studying abroad. Love and future prospects in life are important themes in A Room on the Hill by Garth St. Omer. John's mother dies, … Continue reading St. Lucia: Existential crisis

St Kitts and Nevis: Love or Status

There is something about Caribbean books that makes them different from the literature elsewhere. The problems and desires are the same, but the pace of life is different. People have come and gone to these islands, and they have all left something behind, both good and bad. Only God Can Make a Tree by Bertram … Continue reading St Kitts and Nevis: Love or Status

Jamaica: Independent Women

I wanted to find a book that would represent the core of Jamaican life, whatever that means. I think I did a pretty good job with this book, because Gloria by Kerry Young told me a lot more than a book about rich people living by the beach would ever do. I can easily believe … Continue reading Jamaica: Independent Women

Haiti: Dominican Nationalism on the Island of Hispaniola

I have read one book from Haiti before my reading challenge, and it was by Edwidge Danticat, so I wanted to read a book by another author, but I had no such luck, since I was only able to find her books. This is how I ended up reading The Farming of Bones by Edwidge … Continue reading Haiti: Dominican Nationalism on the Island of Hispaniola

Guyana: Escaping the Cult

I have a hard time to place books that are fictive, but they are still based on a true story, into a genre. Jim Jones was the cult leader of Peoples Temple in Guyana. Everything happened before I was born, but I remember reading and hearing about it later. Jones was responsible for the mass … Continue reading Guyana: Escaping the Cult

Grenada: A Thriller Moving as Fast as a Hurricane

At first I was quite sure I would not be able to get a hold of a book from Grenada, but then I found Hurricane Fever by Tobias S. Buckell. I haven’t been too thrilled about many science fiction books, because they are mostly a bit too far out there for me, but I have … Continue reading Grenada: A Thriller Moving as Fast as a Hurricane

Dominica: The Insane Woman in the Attic

I just realized that I had forgotten to blog about Dominica. I haven’t got a clue how I managed to skip one country. I had read the book, but simply forgot to write about it. Anyway, here we go. I was a bit thorn before I started reading Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. It … Continue reading Dominica: The Insane Woman in the Attic

Dominican Republic:  For Fukú’s Sake

The world is filled with literature, and unfortunately it is not possible to read more than a minimal percentage of all them. I wonder how many books are out there that I would actually want to read. Infinity? Every day new books see daylight, and I have a love-hate relationship with this. On one hand … Continue reading Dominican Republic:  For Fukú’s Sake