Fortunate Member Of A Caribbean Diaspora
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The history of the families of St. Maarten/St. Martin and Anguilla dating back to the 1600's.
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Mar 14, 2015I have never seen such a detailed display of ones family history. The pictures, the stories behind them, coupled with the historical significance. This is a book about Caribbean Culture that reaches out and appeals to all cultures of people interested in researching their roots. I especially liked the way the author, Philip Arnell, describes his childhood being a part of the Caribbean Diaspora. When he was in the home, he was fully immersed into his Caribbean culture. When he was outside of the home, he was in the culture of America and had to assimilate into his surroundings. It's a major accomplishment connecting and re-connecting a family globally. With this work, he has. A treasure has been recovered and graciously shared to all by writing about the information provided in this book. Well Done!!!!!
Mar 11, 2015"Fortunate Member of a Caribbean Diaspora" is a fascinating journey of recording family history. It is very interesting how this book is presented. Normally, the literary portion of a book is presented first and pictures of whatever kind are in the middle or laced through. The author, Philip Arnell, at the beginning first presents mostly pictures with some factual information. He enables to focus on his relatives from long ago to get an mental image for some and a visual image for others. I also noticed that the pages of the book are not numbered. At first I found this strange. I wondered was this a mistake? After reading the book I wanted to go back over page. Without an idea of what number page I wanted to look at again, I found myself searching different areas of the book. I eventually found what I was looking for, but it forced me to retrace my steps and re-read and re-examine the facts displayed in the book. I seemed to learn more the numerous times re-reading then from... More > the first reading. This an excellent strategy that the author displayed. you cannot help but glance much less re -read the book in parts or in its entirety. This is a well written and well displayed book. A great tribute to his family.< Less
Mar 11, 2015"Fortunate Member of A Caribbean Diaspora" is a great independent body of work. It show the act of love of ones family to the highest intent. The research involved that was gradually collected over the years is remarkable. This work was definitely not hastily put together. Clearly a lot of research was involved. This is the type of family commitment that bonds a family and reunites those long lost while uniting the new who never knew each other existed. The conversational style that Mr. Arnell uses in his delivery to tell his families story adds personal touch, it is as if he is talking directly to you in a one on one conversation. As an avid reader, I have not come across this kind of talent often. You almost want to interject and participate in the conversation. His writing style is not tedious nor will make one lose interest. Very inspirational!
Mar 11, 2015I read this book cover to cover and I was inspired to now research my own family roots. Philip Arnell has boldly gone where few people have dared to have gone, and from such a young age. I was impressed that he worked on this project for so long and where most people may have stopped, he sought answers to what appears to be the end of the paper trail leading him back to as he put it "whence they came". I fully enjoyed this book and I will use it as a tool and source of information for my own research.
Mar 6, 2015I had the pleasure of reading this inspiring book on family history. Truly an act of love. "Fortunate Member of a Caribbean Diaspora" is a family chronicle of the families of Anguila,St. Maarten (Dutch and French sides) all of which are heavily connected to tje autjor, Philip Timothy Arnell. I was surprised and touched by the fact that he has been working on this project for the last 34 years as a promise to his grandmother to retain family information. He was able to trace his family connections as far back as the 1600's. It is filled with records, pictures and charts of different generations of his family now to be passed down to the present and future generations. A beautiful gift to his family to preserve thier history. A wonderful tool of inspiration for non family members to inspire them to trace thier own roots. In the literary portion of the book he describes the steps he took in learning about his past. The people he met and the experiences he has had being that if... More > a "caribbean diaspora. He has been able to preserve a great portion of his culture at thw same time blending into the culture that surrounds him. He even ends the book with a tender poem immortalizing those before him. Definately worth the read.< Less
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- Philip Timothy Arnell (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Philip Timothy Arnell
- February 25, 2015
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.76 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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