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  • By Trevor Coote
    Dec 15, 2010
    In keeping with this author’s other works this is a charming fictionalised account built around family genealogy, this time her husband’s. In 1928, after 40 years working in an Anglican diocese on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Ebeneezer and Louisa Tree are retiring to England, leaving their family behind. The first part of the slightly misleadingly titled Trips from Trinidad consists of a series of letters written on the boat to England by Louisa to her grandchildren over two weeks in 1928. However, mostly she relates the stories of other travellers that she meets on board. The bulk of the narrative concerns the experiences of a young aristocratic woman and her bike-mad friend in the Flying Ambulance Corps on the Western Front in the Great War. Although we learn nothing new about conditions in the trenches this moving account gives a real sense of both the human suffering and the acts of bravery that were characteristic of that terrible war. The brief second part of the story... More > merely gives an overview of the village in northern Worcestershire where the Tree’s will be settling, one or two other villages in England which were the destinations of other passengers and of Trinidad itself at the time of the West Indies first ever Test Match. Disillusioned is written in the form of a brief five Act play. It concerns the emigration to Utah of a couple related by marriage to the author, having recently been initiated into the Church of the Latter Day Saints, the followers who are popularly known as Mormons. Although written as a play it is really just a series of extended discussions. The story begins in Leicestershire and continues on the tough boat journey to New York where smallpox breaks out on board. The couple relate their beliefs to a sceptical captain in the presence of the zealous missionary James Blake (the boat is carrying Mormons) and their odyssey continues with the hazardous trek across America pulling handcarts of their belongings. When they finally arrive in Utah things are not as they had hoped or were led to believe and their early disillusionment with some of the unsavoury aspects of Mormon beliefs (long since reformed for reasons of survival) and actions, together with a large influx of non-Mormons, ultimately leads to many of the early settlers and their families leaving the church. Disillusioned is a critical look at the early days of what today is incredibly the world’s fasted growing religion.< Less
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Product Details

Published
August 26, 2009
Language
English
Pages
204
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.77 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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