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Caribbean Chemistry Tales From St Kitts (Anglais) Broché – 1 mars 2010
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"Charming and vividly evocative - I feel as if I have got to know these islands, and almost to have been there." (Helena Drysdale, author of Strangerland). "Vanier shares moments of his people's life with warmth and generosity." (Amir Taheri, author of The Persian Night). "One sees so many ripples as the story takes us from infancy to lively boyhood to the moral struggles of adolescence. This book should be read by every young West Indian, and, for the middle-aged and elderly, it will revive rich visions of our past." (Jean D'Costa, Professor, University of the West Indies, 1962-1977). "With so many "celebrity" autobiographies doing the rounds, it is interesting to read a well-written and genuine autobiography written without cynicism and with a genuine intention of documenting the colourful experiences the author has had." (Jeff Hughes, Teacher, Bloemfontein). --Review
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Ah, to be an embryo again. Vanier's story begins where we all begin: conception. This delightful piece of life writing, set on the Caribbean island of St Kitts, recalls the mischief of Vanier s childhood: sneaking out to the cinema after school hours, throwing stones at a passing car, disastrous experiments involving various acids and a rocket. Is this boy lost in the plain sailing of childhood or can he turn his curiosity into Caribbean Chemistry? This is a story of self-discovery, told candidly in language rich enough to eat: Breadfruit, breadnut, bamboo, lignum vitae, marouba, weedee, and calabash. Funny and engaging, a story about breaking the barriers of identity and finding them again. A rare view of the emigrants tale.
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St. Kitts in the dying days of the British Empire
28 novembre 2012 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A fascinating memoir of growing up in a loving family on a peaceful, beautiful, but ultimately suffocating island. Vanier clearly loved his homeland but in the end he saw the wisdom in getting away. This book covers his life up to age 19, at which time he set off for Cambridge University. You learn about mountain climbing in St. Kitts, the perils of owning a pet monkey, the cold atmosphere of Anglo-Caribbean boarding schools, the fierce competition for scholarships, and the deep limitations that (back then at least) were part and parcel with colonial life. Vanier's book (which, at around 400 pages of tiny print, may be a bit longer than necessary) is ultimately a love letter to St. Kitts, but you understand why he made the decision to leave.
Charming tales of growing up in the Caribbean
23 mars 2010 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Caribbean Chemistry" paints a fascinating picture of life in the West Indies in the 40's and 50's. Christopher Vanier presents a collection of anecdotes from his early childhood on St. Kitts to English-style boarding school on Antigua and his return to St. Kitts where he must prepare to compete for an all-important scholarship that offers the only real chance to leave the islands and obtain a university education. Vanier speaks with both affection and a restless resentment of the encapsulated world of a small island. A far cry from my own American childhood, I found myself quickly drawn into the exotic sounds and tastes of the islands. A true child of the Caribbean, Vanier has a wonderfully mixed heritage himself and falls somewhere in the middle of the spectrum of skin tones that make up the island population. Straddling worlds, he deftly describes the almost-unnoticed limitations of race and poverty in the world of his childhood. The stories are told with an engaging frankness and self-examination. He weaves Caribbean history and daily life throughout a very personal story of beloved family, including respected parents and grandparents, a handicapped sister, and two younger brothers. I took this book on a recent Caribbean cruise that stopped in both St. Kitts and Antigua and loved the way its insights expanded my trip beyond the facade manufactured for tourists. For those interested, Vanier's boyhood home in Basseterre, St. Kitts, is now a charming hilltop restaurant named "Serendipity" whose broad verandah offers a magnificent view of the bay below.
Pearls on a Caribbean Shoreline: Review of Caribbean Chemistry
29 janvier 2012 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Christopher Vanier's book is a treasure trove lying on a sun-kissed Caribbean beach. It's a series of stories which can be read individually, or chronologically as they chart his growing up on St Kitts, literally from an embryo until leaving those shores for grey England and for University. Christopher was evidently an inquisitive child, whether exploring chemistry or St Kitts' bloody history, reminding me of the fable about how the elephant got its trunk. The writing is flawless and engaging, and shows what it was like to be raised in a boys' school run according to ex-colonial rules but with hot-blooded children full of pranks and hormones. Each chapter is a pearl, some of my favorites being The Usual Poisons, The Cannapult, and the Tennis Game. Many are 'laugh-out-loud' chapters, but there are also heart-felt, compassionate moments for example with his disabled sister, and insights into the dark history of this emerald isle. If you read this book, you'll hear the wind in the palm trees, smell the salty Caribbean, and remember what it is to be young and carefree.