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West Indian Fables   By: (1841?-1889)

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West Indian Fables by J. J. (John Jacob) Thomas is a charming collection of stories that effortlessly captures the essence and cultural richness of the West Indian region. Through delightful fables, Thomas takes readers on an immersive journey, shedding light on the values, traditions, and morals of the people dwelling in the Caribbean islands.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is Thomas' impeccable storytelling ability. Each fable is masterfully crafted, employing vivid imagery and compelling narratives that bring the characters and their surroundings to life. Readers will find themselves transported to lush tropical landscapes, where animals and humans coexist in a harmonious, yet sometimes tumultuous, manner.

The fables in this collection are not only entertaining but also serve as timeless life lessons. Thomas seamlessly weaves important moral and ethical issues into every story, prompting readers to reflect and ponder upon deeper meanings. Through witty anecdotes and clever dialogue, he shares valuable insights on topics such as honesty, greed, humility, and the importance of community.

Moreover, Thomas expertly uses animal allegories to convey his messages. Lions, monkeys, and birds become emblematic figures, each symbolizing different human behaviors and traits. This technique fosters a universal understanding and easily appeals to readers of all ages and backgrounds.

The language employed by Thomas is both accessible and poetic. His writing style effortlessly captures the rhythmic lilt of the West Indian dialect, immersing readers in the vibrant cultures of the Caribbean. While the text may require a slight adjustment for those less familiar with the dialect, it adds a unique charm and authenticity to the narratives.

Additionally, the book is enhanced by an insightful introduction that delves into the origins and significance of West Indian folktales. This contextual information provides readers with a deeper understanding of the fables, allowing them to appreciate the cultural nuances and historical context embedded within the stories.

Though West Indian Fables is a relatively short read, it leaves a lasting impact. The stories are thought-provoking and resonate long after the book is closed. Thomas' ability to entertain, educate, and engage readers with his unique blend of folklore and moral lessons is truly remarkable.

In conclusion, West Indian Fables by J. J. (John Jacob) Thomas is a delightful collection of stories that connect readers to the heart and soul of the Caribbean. Thomas' captivating storytelling, moral teachings, and lyrical prose make this book a true gem. Whether you are a lover of folklore, a fan of West Indian literature, or simply someone seeking an enjoyable read, this collection of fables is sure to captivate and inspire.

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J.J. Thomas




Preface by J.J. Thomas


Introduction: 27 33 Voyage out: 34 41 Barbados: 41 44 St. Vincent: 44 48 Grenada: 48 50


Trinidad: 53 55 Reform in Trinidad: 55 80 Negro Felicity in the West Indies: 81 110


Social Revolution: 113 174 West Indian Confederation: 175 200 The Negro as a Worker: 201 206 Religion for Negroes: 207 230


Historical Summary or Résumé: 233 261, end



[5] Last year had well advanced towards its middle in fact it was already April, 1888 before Mr. Froude's book of travels in the West Indies became known and generally accessible to readers in those Colonies.

My perusal of it in Grenada about the period above mentioned disclosed, thinly draped with rhetorical flowers, the dark outlines of a scheme to thwart political aspiration in the Antilles. That project is sought to be realized by deterring the home authorities from granting an elective local legislature, however restricted in character, to any of the Colonies not yet enjoying such an advantage. An argument based on the composition of the inhabitants of those Colonies is confidently relied upon to confirm the inexorable mood of Downing Street... Continue reading book >>

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