This is the Real Barbados Story. Real because it is about everyday Barbados people, the salt of the earth types. They are the extraordinarily ordinary folk, the unsung heroes. Just as real are the acclaimed heroes, the knights and dames, and national treasures, they already have a lot written about them. The book, RoguesinParadise, acknowledges the significant contribution of all Bajans. I chose to feature some of the colorful characters; of course, there are many more.
Here is an outline of the book’s first pages (introduction).
The praise is still coming in. One of the first to review the book was
The official Advanced Praise was by Author and Publisher David Montgomery
David Montgomery it’s a renowned Author of several books on Trinidad, including the Story of Trinidad. He did me the favour of writing the official advanced praise of the book, which he says is a fun book that made him laugh out loud. He adds, “While the book is light, fun, and lyrical, it also has a serious tone. Rogues in Paradise interprets history as it relates to the Barbados People and culture in the colonial period and after. It offers a unique perspective on heritage and humanity.”
Several people were instrumental in making this book a reality. They include the Barbados Tourism team and, naturally, all of the characters who appear in the book. They own the book as much as I do. All characters featured will receive 50 % of the book’s royalties.
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Part iv. Yesterdays History
Part v. Black Experience
Part vi. The Visitor
Part vii. Conclusion
A very short review of how it came about. It is the “WHY” I wrote it and the “WHAT ” it is about. I wrote it to tell the stories of amazing people and culture and to explain the unique heritage of Barbados people and culture.
I often speed-read introductions until I read George lammings ‘In the Castle of my skin.’ I’ll never skim intros again. It is full of mindful insights and poetic, emotional, philosophical, and brilliant descriptions. Rogues’ introduction starts with a slice of history that gives the book its roots. Rogues in Paradise started as a series of essays and anecdotal stories of the characters I met while building the Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia. My editor said, “Ian, this is far more than a set of essays, it is the Real story of Barbados.” I had to agree. Although I had only intended it as short stories, they took on a life of their own.
I was intrigued by the Barbados people, and I needed to understand why they differed from other Caribbean people I knew. That search formed the Real Barbados Story, as you will see. It’s unlike any other book on Barbados in that it’s a fun and witty portrait of real people that dives deep into history and heritage to reveal the secrets to their character.
The introduction also explains the meaning of Rogue. The section “A Rogue by Name and Nature” answers the question “what does rogue mean?” and explains why I named the book Rogues in Paradise. I use it in the most positive sense. My family has many delightful rogues, and we all admire their free spirit and sense of adventure.
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