Book Review: Ghost of Caura by Lance Baptiste

A couple of weeks ago, my friend posted the link for this book on my Facebook page. I saw the title and I was excited….I thought that this was going to be a good book 😊. I love love Trinbagonian / Caribbean authors and their stories especially when they are telling stories about places that I know (for example Augustown by Kei Miller as I lived in Jamaica for several years). Additionally, because of the title, I assumed the book may have to do with local folklore …..is the ghost Papa Bois? Anyways, I immediately purchased it on Amazon Kindle  πŸ’΅ and started reading knowing nothing about the book except for the title πŸ˜‰. By the end, however, I was a bit disappointed with the story and my rating for it is 3/5 😞.

Caura River courtesy Trinidad Newsday

Overall, I thought the book was okay, it was both educational and entertaining and I was able to learn a lot about the history of Caura village and some of the interesting events that happened there in the past πŸ™. This book was a passion project for the author Mr. Lance Baptiste and on Amazon, he stated that “he wanted  to tell the story of his father and grandfather, Raymond and Popo”🀨.

My problem with this book was that I found the author tried to tell too many stories in 181 pages. The book lacked focus. It could easily have been a book about that memorable cricket match between the Caura Mapepires and The New Lords 🏏 or a book about why the Caura Dam πŸ’¦ was not built and how the villagers protested or a story about the various characters who lived in the village (like Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul), but instead the author tried to tell all of these stories in a short book and I felt as though none of the stories were fully developed…. too much was going on!  πŸ˜• πŸ™ ☹️

Caura is somewhere that I am very familiar with as I grew up very close to this village and I have visited the Caura river on several occasions 🌳🌊. It is a very serene and picturesque place and a favorite liming spot for Trinis. Although I learnt a great deal about Caura Village and the people who lived there in the 1940s from the book “Ghost of Caura”, I still can’t get over the fact that there was no clear storyline for this book.

Much Love

Celly

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Ghost of Caura by Lance Baptiste

  1. Although your comments were somewhat negative, I do believe that I would enjoy this book. Like you I also love to read stores by local authors. So I will give it a try.

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