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    • Dateline London

    • Immigrants - Great Britain ; London (England) - Social conditions
    • The author presents his own perception of London, a city of contrasts where he saw so many things he had only read about. Recently arrived from Jamaica, he found the British helpful and courteous, and his encounter with people of so many different...
    • Hot water

    • City and urban life; Interpersonal relations
    • A variety of scenes from city life: a vagrant arrested for loitering sentenced in court the next day; three mischievous boys playing on the beach; a man courting a somewhat reluctant nursemaid; an attempted blackmail that goes awry; a pregnant...
    • Coincidence or ducks

    • Witchcraft ; Obeah ; Ghost stories
    • Sam finally decides to shoot his neigbour’s troublesome ducks which won’t keep out of his yard, but his severe action incurs the wrath of their owner, Miss Harkness, who many believes can work obeah. Despite their doubts, due to the many strange...
    • Holy terror

    • Earthquakes - Jamaica - 1907; City and town life ; Riots
    • An about-to-be retired reporter shares some of his many on-the-job experiences with a junior colleague. These include the Darling Street riots and the 1907 earthquake with its terrible scenes of human suffering and devastation.
    • Blackout

    • Racism
    • A chance encounter of a white American woman and a black Jamaican man one night on the street during a black out at the time of WW2 brings to fore the tension between the two races. The woman is left questioning many of her racial assumptions...
    • Christmas Eve

    • Christmas stories; City and town life; Rural life; Interpersonal relations; loss
    • Christmas Eve is usually a time of food, laughter and good cheer, but for some like Connie, there is little cause to celebrate. In the country, she listens to her family’s chatter as they express their wishes for a better new year. Mass Jim talks...
    • Night shudders over all

    • Man-woman relationship; Marriage; Infidelity
    • Night time seems to bring to fore all sorts of events and behavior as people reach out for life or try to make sense of it. The author presents some examples, including: the wife who suspects her artist husband of philandering with his latest...
    • Start of something again

    • Man-woman relationship; Interpersonal relations; Hurricanes
    • Duckett and Silver meet regularly at their favourite restaurant to talk about art and politics as the city grows restless in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane. During this time, Silver is flirting dangerously with a married woman right...
    • A yellow leaf

    • Love stories ; Man-woman relationships
    • A thirty-six year old man find himself developing a passion for a blossoming soon-to be seventeen year-old and he is not sure what to do about it. Sensing that his feelings are being reciprocated, he ponders the many ramifications of such a...
    • Storm Warning

    • Hurricanes
    • A hurricane is approaching and already the heavy rains are causing physical destruction and severe hardship for the people. For example, Silver has a terrible toothache and because of the storm he is unable to get to the dentist; Pinkie, desperate...
    • The Talisman

    • Love; Man-woman relationship
    • He decided that the wonderful almost mystical bonding between them as lovers had to be broken, and to him fell the unpleasant task. He felt that he had given his all to the affair while to her it was not serious but something she could set aside...
    • Thunderhead

    • City and town life
    • The author provides short insights into the lives of different people in the city at a time of social turbulence: Joie and Sam looks forward to Christmas together but tragedy intervenes; a seventeen year old boy furtively tries to seduce a girl...

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