Sixty per cent of Jamaicans would rather the country be a colony of Britain, so a poll says. But is ‘Massa Day Done’? Jean Golbourne’s ‘Parable of the Mangoes’ short story collection will make you wonder. Get your copy now.
Author: Mark Lee
Binding: epub e-book
Publisher: Abeng Press
The decade of the 1970s was one of revolution for the Jamaican and other Caribbean youth. This revolution was as profound as it was stealthy. Nowhere is this more evident than in the tumultuous experience of Rasta youth. These youthful rebels embraced the heritage of suffering and struggle bequeathed to them by generations of their African ancestors and with grit and determination forged a vehicle of social transformation. Author Mark Lee had a hand in the forging of that vehicle. Now he turns this very hand to the writing of a tract (story) that both captures the drama and pinpoints some salient lessons of that historic period.
Yvonne and Jerry, a young Rastafari couple, are assailed by drug smugglers, partisan thugs in and out of uniform, and sophisticated psychopaths of the left and right waging a domestic Cold War – with Cuban and American support – for political power.
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South Side is a depressed area of Central Kingston, Jamaica, from which 13 men were taken, through subterfuge, and shot down by members of the defence force in the turbulent 1970s. It is the community in which Yvonne and Jerry are exiled when they fall in love and embrace the Rastafari doctrine as middle class youth join the search for roots when socialism, capitalism and Rastafari compete for their minds.
International and intra-Caribbean drug trafficking, espionage, reggae dance hall, Rasta celebration, diplomatic cocktail party hobnobbing and political intrigue are captured in this social history novella by Abeng News magazine editor, Mark Lee, whose other publications are Life in the Caribbean Community (1992), a journalistic compilation for the Caribbean News Agency and Vacation Barbados (1993), a destination guide for the eastern Caribbean island for International Voyager Media. He has also edited Elements of Regional Integration: The Way Forward, for the Caribbean Policy Development Centre. His poetry has been published in the University of the West Indies’ Caribbean Quarterly, Flowers Blooming Late – a Montserrat anthology – and Dream Rock, a collection edited by Kamau Brathwaite for the Jamaica Information Service.