I Lost My Cathedral
The purpose of this book is to engage and inform the readers of occurrences past and present on the island of Dominica. It is meant to initiate discussion and to offer the youth a historical perspective that may have become lost over time. A work of passion derived from many personal experiences and many tales handed down through the ages, it is written mostly in a style that is intended for the reader to identify with some aspects of Dominica and Caribbean life in what was considered to be the good old days. I intentionally delayed reading many books written by authors from Dominica, since I wanted my writings to be unique and not influenced by the experiences of others. Therefore if you have read comparable accounts of native pastime or other depictions of our natural history,culture, and heritage, then the material that you are reading here is purely coincidental. Now that this literary exercise has been completed, I look forward to reading and savoring the compositions of my compatriots,and I hope that they will also savor mine. A sojourn through fact and fiction, this book of short stories and reflections offers a challenge for the reader to separate the facts from fiction that only this author can reveal. However if one is able to identify with one minute detail of this literary experience, then my goal as a writer will have been fulfilled. A glossary of words and phrases that may be unfamiliar to the reader is included at the end. Above all, many of the stories are thought provoking, intended to elicit laughter and nostalgia and to maintain one’s interest until the last word has been read. These stories could be anyone’s stories; and it is my fervent wish that in the aftermath of this literary exercise, others may be inspired to inscribe their own experiences of everyday life, either from a historical perspective or from modern day interactions.
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