When I sit here on a boat in Spaanse Water, on an island called Curacau (most likely named after an Indian tribe who lived here long ago), once a part of the Netherlands Antilles, now an independent entity within the Netherlands, where the population is a mix of Dutchmen, South-Americans and the ancestors of black slaves, where the language alternate between Dutch, Spanish, English and Papiamento (a mix of Dutch, Spanish, English and old slave lingua – mighty strange), I am amazed by the vast and interesting history all these beautiful islands in the Caribbean have to offer.
On that note, I highly recommend this book: CARIBBEAN – A NOVEL by James A. Michener – a novel based on facts. You’ll meet historical persons such as Christopher Columbus, Sir Francis Drake, Captain Morgan (you know, the guy on the rum bottle), Horatio Nelson, Pauline Bonaparte (Napoleon’s sister who got sent to Haiti because she kept sleeping around with married men in Paris), Fidel Castro and many more… Piracy, slavery, colonialism, riots, rastafari, murder, and of course love beyond boundaries, make this a fierce novel to remember!
If you’ve ever traveled or planning to travel in the Caribbean, this book will help you to understand and appreciate the diversity and grandness of this part of the world once known as «The Spanish Lake»…
Read it! You won´t regret it 🙂
– Adjunkt Lund (once a teacher always a teacher)
Hvorfor denne plutselige trangen til å skrive på engelsk spør du? Jo, det skal jeg fortelle deg. Vi har møtt en hel del flotte mennesker som seiler i dette Karibiske farvann og jeg vil så gjerne at de som ikke leser norsk skal få med seg denne fabelaktige boken! Men fortvil ikke, det blir nok ingen vane her på bloggen.