By Robert Antoni
In 1845 London, an engineer, thinker, philanthropist, and bold-faced charlatan, John Adolphus Etzler, has invented machines that he thinks will rework the department of work and unfastened all males. He types a collective known as the Tropical Emigration Society (TES), and recruits numerous London electorate to take his machines and his faulty principles to shape a proto-socialist, utopian neighborhood within the British colony of Trinidad.
Among his recruits is a tender boy (and the book's narrator) named Willy, who falls head-over-heels for the captivating and clever Marguerite Whitechurch. Coming from the gentry, Marguerite is an international clear of Willy's laboring classification. because the voyage maintains, and their love for each other strengthens, Willy and Marguerite end up themselves to be actual socialists, their activities and adventures status in stark distinction to Etzler's disconnected theories.
Robert Antoni's tragic historic novel, accented with West Indian cadence and appealing humor, presents an unforgettable glimpse into nineteenth-century Trinidad & Tobago.
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