Providence Pond (Google eBook)

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Anancy Books, Jan 1, 2005 - 501 pages
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Overview - Providence Pond Bitter conflict and raw excitement abound as deep religious and political fervor divide and set ablaze the Caribbean community of Providence Pond, a former British slave holding in the futile valleys of western St. Mary, Jamaica. As this community struggles for life and definition following the passing of slavery, the imperative – which native religion, political ideology, or vestige of British thinking will prevail to lead the nascent community – must be resolved. During slavery the answer was clear: British thought must prevail. The eventual collapse of the strong, central British control gave rise to African traditions that were long kept semi-dormant in the distant backlands of huge slave plantation. Various factions – African, Indian, and British – vie for social and political dominance. The momentous events of Providence Pond are staged above the backdrop of the still larger conflict of World War 1. In Providence Pond there is first a triangular grouping derived from remnants of Ashanti, Congo and, British elements locked in the struggle to define the “only way.” As the country forges along and the conflict in Providence Pond escalates, Congo King the leader of the forbidden Kumina sect, finds himself pitted in impending battle against the ad hoc Ashanti-Christian coalition – lead by the Anglican Reverend, Bernard Watkins. The torch is set! McLean’s Providence Pond is a tale of wisdom and deep socio-political insight. It offers a fresh opportunity – yet another way of looking at our own modern conditions: to reevaluate past credence and prejudices – and finding new ways of courageously living old concepts.
  

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Overview For Providence Pond
Bitter conflict and raw excitement abound as deep religious and political fervor divide and set ablaze the Caribbean community of Providence Pond, a former British slave
holding in the futile valleys of western St. Mary, Jamaica. As this community struggles for life and definition following the passing of slavery, the imperative – which native religion, political ideology, or vestige of British thinking will prevail to lead the nascent community – must be resolved. During slavery the answer was clear: British thought must prevail. The eventual collapse of the strong, central British control gave rise to African traditions that were long kept semi-dormant in the distant backlands of huge slave plantation. Various factions – African, Indian, and British – vie for social and political dominance. The momentous events of Providence Pond are staged above the backdrop of the still larger conflict of World War 1. In Providence Pond there is first a triangular grouping derived from remnants of Ashanti, Congo and, British elements locked in the struggle to define the “only way.” As the country forges along and the conflict in Providence Pond escalates, Congo King the leader of the forbidden Kumina sect, finds himself pitted in impending battle against the ad hoc Ashanti-Christian coalition – lead by the Anglican Reverend, Bernard Watkins. The torch is set!
McLean’s Providence Pond is a tale of wisdom and deep socio-political insight. It offers a fresh opportunity – yet another way of looking at our own modern conditions: to reevaluate past credence and prejudices – and finding new ways of courageously living old concepts.
 

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Contents

A Simple Dare
12
Afias Run
22
The Honeymoon
28
Puncus St John
37
Nweka
42
Master M Congo King
54
The Family 1900 1910
63
Reconnections
64
Masks
272
Howling Dogs
280
Mantle of Motherhood
285
Yoofis Smile
291
Of Kitchens and Bedrooms
295
The Mirrored Fire
301
Ama and Miss Hene
304
Amas Diary
309

Lev Tyler
69
Family Principles
71
Choosing Congo
84
Stepping
87
Strange Flight
92
Ama King
96
Delayed Invitations
99
Easy Choices
102
Rituals
115
A Scale of Size
120
Perfect Secrets
125
Rejection
129
Indifferent Tigers
133
A Simple Elevation
139
A Days Fate
144
Celebration
148
A Flash of Fire
151
Final Assignment
154
Furniture Arrangement
156
Amas Home
162
A New Account
167
Disclosures
170
Prelude
175
The Twisted Wheel
185
Toddling Lessons
191
Rites for No Body
198
Family Development 1911 1919
207
Ulu
208
Father of the Man
211
Sleeping Dogs
220
Divergent Dreams
225
Disobedient Monday
228
Lauras Choice
238
Sister for a Princess
244
Ulu and Laura
249
Elements of Attachment
256
Sojourn in Fellowship
260
Child Support
267
Rex Covey
314
The Gathering
317
A Simple Sketch
328
Displaced Assignments
333
Shining Mountain
341
Master Congo and Detective Graham
348
Giveaway Man
350
Family Reunion 1920 1921
359
Idolatry
360
Lauras Letter
366
Cold Rain Falling
368
Eagles
373
Uncaring Church Mouse
377
The Light of Darkness
382
Confrontation
395
A Gift of Time
399
Hos Passion
404
Ponderous Ulu
410
Charming Aunts
414
Potpourri
418
Leroys Hook
426
Aunts and Uncles
430
Parents at Breakfast
437
Into the Light
442
Family Business
447
Playing Shadows
452
Children Dreaming
457
The Joy of Patsy Blue
461
Stepping Rage
466
Flowing Congo
473
Detective Charles Graham
478
Walking
482
Taking Hell to Mass
491
Family Ties
495
Afterword
499
About the Author
505
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About the author (2005)

About the Author and Playwright Beresford McLean was born in western St. Mary, Jamaica. He attended and taught high school in Kingston. In 1970 McLean emigrated to the United States where he studied physics and subsequently worked in engineering. His current focus is writing. Broken Gourds, his first inspirational folklore, was published to great acclaim in 2003. His second novel, Providence Pond, came three years later. McLean’s third novel, Fish Hook River will be published in the spring of 2013. Beresford McLean’s foray into playwriting is his shot play, First Snow. His first full length play The Good Villain will be released in fall 2013.

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