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IGH posted:

Gilbaka, I took your advice ... I am reading - Walk wit ... all ova Guyana _ Helena Martin. I am at p 262.

Coincidentally she lived on Stephen's Street in GT ... Hubby was born & lived there also. His family then moved to James Street as Helena. They never crossed path.

The places she named in the book so far, he remembers...

She refers to The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception as St. Mary's Cathedral. It was called St. Mary's Chapel ... I googled because hubby & I were not familiar with the name St. Mary's ... Hubby was  baptized in the present Cathedral.

I detested she kept referring to East Indians as Coolie. She never explained to the readers ...
She made her point at the beginning of the book by explaining certain slang or phrases.

Never heard  that only the EI  were beggars in Guyana.

Will give more of my opinion when I finish reading the book.


 



 

Thanks for sharing your impression. It's her memoir and, naturally, it's highly subjective. Not wholly objective. I understand that and have overlooked some inaccuracies. There is a scarcity of memoirs by Portuguese-Guyanese. Helena Martin's book has shown me how some Portuguese of a certain class lived in Guyana. For which I am thankful.

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