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The book “Take My Word for it A JAMAICAN MEMOIR” written by Ralph Thompson makes for a very interesting read.

Ralph Thompson who was born in 1928 takes the reader on a historical journey.  Growing up in pre-independent Jamaica, a white Jamaican who as a child was not allowed to bring his black friends home but whose uncle fathered a child with a black maidservant.  His childhood memories include the 1938 riots, the oil crisis of the World War II years and discovering his love of poetry.

Ralph’s adult life takes him to New York to study law and also a stint in the United States armed forces.  His journey as a successful businessman combined with his poetry and painting makes for a very interesting story.  His early experience working in corporate Jamaica for the legendary tourist pioneer Abraham Issa and his close friendship later in life with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott.  He also speaks of his experiences during the turbulent 1970s in Jamaica, his migration and subsequent return.

This is a book that I would definitely recommend reading.

 

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