Ma William and Her Circle of Friends

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iUniverse, Jun 3, 2011 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Giftus Johns Ma William and her Circle of Friends recreates the idyllic life in the village of Senjo with a shopkeeper, Ma William, at its center. Her shop is a mecca of sorts; one where the villagers assemble to discuss the issues that impact their lives. John constructs an edenic landscape where communal activities such as playing mas, helping the local fishermen, attending mass, or going to a religious wake occupy center stage in the lives of the villagers. However, the impression of a settled and close-knit village is illusory. Politics fragments the community. Migration takes a toll as young and old seek supposedly greener pastures. The village is slowly changing as a result of these external forces. The reader is left to wonder whether or not these changes are indeed for the better. Written with great sensitivity and attention to local speech rhythms, Giftus Johns most recent work recreates a life which is slowly witnessing its demise. This book confirms Johns reputation as one of Dominicas finest writers. Justice Irving W. Andr Ontario, Canada Giftus John has done it again! His Ma William and Her Circle of Friends continues his great tradition of entertaining and enlightening Caribbean prose. This is a must-read for people of the Caribbean and for those who love the Caribbean or want an education in Caribbean culture. Vaughn E. James Glenn West Research Professor of Law and Director, Tax Clinic Texas Tech University School of Law Lubbock, Texas
 

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Contents

The Gang
1
Blackout
15
Friends
26
Playin Mas
37
The Migrant Worker
48
The Scholar
61
The Catch
77
Uncle Sam is Calling
86
Paul Buys a Truck
138
The Elections
149
Mr Jones Gets His Green Card
161
Pappy Leaves for Canada
171
The Party
178
Ma William Offers a Mass
189
Shirley Leaves for Cuba
200
Reflections
209

The Meeting
96
The Wake
108
The Inspection
116
The Crusade
128
Glossary
219
About the Author
221
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Giftus John was born in St. Joseph, on the Caribbean island of Dominica. He is well aware of the life that he experienced as a young man growing up in the village of St. Joseph and in this book tries to recreate the life that he knew back then. Giftus is a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy and is also a former teacher at that school. Giftus is the author of four other published works: three poetry collections and one short story collection. Mesy Kwik! Kwak! his most recent work, was published in 2005. Giftus presently resides in Union, New Jersey. He and his wife, Theresa, are the parents of a daughter, Mandisa and a son, Jamal

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