Book Review: Dreams Beyond the Shore

Dreams Beyond the Shore by Tamika Gibson is the 2016 first place winner of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature.

Dreams Beyond the Shore simultaneously chronicles the life of the daughter of a political leader on the heels of elections in Trinidad and Tobago, and her love interest, Kyron, the son of a shady businessman. Chelsea Marchand wants nothing more than to be a Writer, but her father Dr. Peter Marchand is openly unsupportive of her creative pursuits. He wants her to be a Lawyer, and eventually follow in his footsteps towards the political arena.

Chelsea and Kyron met when they are both in the registration line at the University of the West Indies. Although Kyron is attracted to Chelsea, he initially judges her by her obvious financial security. He, himself, is financially secured, compliments of his father with whom he has no real relationship. Kyron doesn’t learn that Chelsea…

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“A Brief History of Seven Killings” to be adapted for Amazon Studios

Repeating Islands

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Many thanks to Geoffrey Philp for sharing the news “’Insecure’ Director to Adapt Man Booker Prize-Winning Novel for Amazon Studios” from the Hollywood Reporter; Marlon James is working on an adaptation of A Brief History of Seven Killings for Amazon Studios. Melina Matsoukas, chief director of the HBO series Insecure, is developing the project as a series:

Marlon James is writing the adaptation of ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ with Jill Soloway, Eric Roth and Malcolm Spellman on board as executive producers.

Melina Matsoukas, chief director of the HBO series Insecure, is tackling an adaptation of the award-winning Marlon James novel A Brief History of Seven Killings for Amazon Studios. Matsoukas is developing the project as a series and will executive produce as well as direct the episodes. Teaming with her is James, who will write the script as well as executive produce, while Malcolm Spellman…

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Book Review: Musical Youth by Joanne C. Hillhouse

#CaribbeanBookReview #BurtAward @code_can Book Review: Musical Youth by Joanne C. Hillhouse winner of the Burt Award for Caribbean

musical_youthMusical Youth is beautifully written. It is a pride to Caribbean young adult fiction. Though it addresses a current and very real social issue, the writer skillfully educates you while she takes you back to the innocence of school days in the Caribbean. You can’t help but remember your first crush, how every little thing they did is permanently etched in your memory.

There is a good blend of characters throughout the book, and they complement each other well. It was also refreshing to read a story about children doing positive things.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it to fellow readers.

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Book Review: All Over Again by A-Dziko Simba Gegele

#CaribbeanBookReview #BurtAward @code_can All Over Again by A-Dziko Simba Gegele winner of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature.

alloverThis book features the life of a 12 year old boy as he goes about his days, doing regular things. The catch is that so much of what adults may deem simple is totally disruptive to this poor child’s life. It reminds me of the movie American Psycho without the killing.

At first I could not connect with the rhythm the book was written in until I recognized that it was adding to the way the main character’s thoughts were playing out. The style was also age appropriate.

Nothing is insignificant to the boy. He breaks down everything that happens to him throughout the book.  I felt enlightened as to how complicated a child’s presumably simple life can be.

The story is well written and edit, one of the best Caribbean books I’ve read in a while. All Over Again is a good read and deserving winner of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature in 2014.

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Book Review: Gone to Drift by Diana McCaulay

#CaribbeanBookReview #BurtAward @code_can Gone to Drift by Diana McCaulay is the 2015 second prize winner of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature.

Gone to Drift by Diana McCaulay is the 2015 second prize winner of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature.

Gone to Drift is the story of Lloyd, a Jamaican youth who refused to accept that his grandfather, Maas Conrad, was dead when he did not return from a fishing trip after several days. Both family members and neighbours alike implored twelve year old Lloyd to cease his search and dangerous investigations. He defies them and continuously goes to great lengths to trace his grandfather’s steps. Lloyd finds some very ugly truths that he had suspected.

Eventually, with the help of a young female scientist, he learnt that Maas Conrad was last seen at Pedro Cays, a group of islands that was not his usual fishing location and that his disappearance might be connected to his disapproval of an ongoing Dolphin trade.

Parallel to this story, the writer narrates a first-person…

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God Is NOT A Trini

Exactly…..

Critics May Lie

Is it possible that for this hurricane season we can get rid of the “God is a Trini” term?

Let me put it another way.

Is it possible that for this hurricane season we can stop being so damn insensitive to the millions of people in the region who have literally had their lives destroyed because ‘God is a Trini’.

Now I know nobody really believes it. Every country has their own sayings that only make sense there. It is just our way of explaining why several times we have been directly in the path of a hurricane only to find that it suddenly changed its mind a few miles out and went in another direction. God must be a Trini. *shrug*

However, I don’t think my Trinbagonian brothers and sisters who raise this ‘nothing can touch us cause God is a Trini’ flag high every year understand the depth…

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i did it my way

#HannibalBarca, was a Carthaginian general, considered one of the greatest military commanders in history and he committed #suicide, that part of his story irked me for very long. I just couldn’t understand how such a strong mind could do a weak thing like that. It took me years to just process it. After i read his story again and again and researched his life it occurred to me that the problem was my perception. Barca was a man who controlled his own fate, he owned life and to ask him not to own death as well was out of his character. He didn’t wait for life to unfold itself, he commanded it and he did not wait for death either: to take everything it could and in the end leave him barely human. He wanted it to be his choice and it was.

It was as simple as that.

There are so many arguments that suicide is selfish but killing thousands of people to take over someone else’s country is also selfish.

There is the argument that there is always hope, but who are you to define hope for me. What if my hope is for heaven or even hell.

There is a madness in consciousness that looks sane to everyone until you snap.

So if you aren’t ready to be that person to talk me off the ledge when i am alive don’t cry for me when i am gone, even if you tried to talk me off the ledge and i still jumped just respect that i was and ever will live in your hearts and i did it my way.  The ledge was my path.

You too, have your own choice to make and if you wait for death and live every bit of life until the end then all it means is that you did it your way. You just can’t compare different human beings and expect them to make the same choices.

Just enjoy the time you have.

#Barca #robinwilliams #allthosewhenbefore

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The truth about Climate Change

There is #climatechange.

I don’t need a scientist to verify this for me, i am alive and i can remember what my landscape used to look like and what is looks like now.

The sun is so hot some days that i feel it pushing my head down, a feeling i have never felt and then almost without warning the rain falls so hard. There is water everywhere, places where water knows it should not be but it dares me to push it back as it laughs at my surprise. Maybe the seasons have also been hit by this dark magic that permeates the people of the world to sit idly by and do nothing. Maybe it too has been hypnotized and dazed, no longer responding to stimulus or good sense.

Climate change

Like most things climate change begins with you in your community. If you think about the big picture and global warming you will be crippled. So you start small and you reverse the change that is affecting you personally.

If we all take a piece of the cake it will eventually have no cake left.

Join a Climate Support Group or follow pages for updates or start your OWN group in your area.

Caribbean Climate Trackers

NASA Climate Change

Climate Change Guide

I Heart Climate Scientists

Just begin by asking yourself: How has Climate change affected me and what am I going to do about it?

 

Marsha

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April 2017

How many more must die? Pick a number.

There is a heaviness in the world today, the people feel it even though we are afraid to admit it.

There is a deep uncertainty that leaders are still on our side. Where are the candidates of valor that we are waiting for? We elect the un-electable’ and hope for the best or better yet we ignore the electoral process entirely and still we hope for the best. It’s the first stage of dementia; to do nothing and expect something.

We have been chasing developing country status and the dream lifestyles feed to us by a wayward media and it has corrupted our natural instincts and dulled our reflexes. We see everything that is going wrong but we are moving in slow motion, hypnotized and dazed, our brains just aren’t responding to any stimulus.

What is this magic?

What is this disease?

I must snap out of it. I must hold myself and shake myself until i can feel again but it is too late because war is already on our doorsteps.

 

It would seem that my generation is doomed to see a great war worst than the wars we already know. Pieces of the war puzzle are just falling into place and like puppets they dance to the rhythm that says war, war and more war.

That thought does not make me happy.

You see citizens of countries who go to war have one particular thing in common: a government who do not speak for them. War is not a solution, it is a break down of governance and communication. War happens because of a “me” complex, there is no ‘us’ in war because if you stop to think about us, you would think. How may will die? What is an acceptable number? and no figure would be low enough but zero. So to protect “us” you will not go to war.  However since you are thinking about you (your money, your interests, your legacy, your pride), then you protect yourself and your family in your castle, in your tower with bodyguards and you leave the rest of us to fend for ourselves.

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The question remains.

How many more must die? Pick a number you are comfortable with.

 

Marsha

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April 2017.

I like to sleep in the New Year

I like to sleep in the New Year.

I admit it’s a super lame tradition but it’s me.  I meet the New Year in spirit in my dreams and wake to find the dawn instead of the darkness of the night.

I can’t say I am never awaken by fireworks or alerts on my phone wishing me a happy new year but I generally make no plans and fall asleep before mid-night as if it was any other night. I don’t begrudge being awoken around midnight but I am usually fast asleep before most people.

Nevertheless, I am cognizance of the fact that it’s a New Year – a New Year of wonder and blessings.

Here’s wishing that everyone meet the New Year in peace and receive bountiful blessings from the most high.

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Empress_Expressions – looking to 2017