Jul 03, 2010 News
‘Intertwined’ a book of short stories by Sherene Noble, was launched on Monday at the Watooka Complex in Linden, in front of a fair gathering of literary enthusiasts.
But, ‘disappointing’ is how Noble described the showing; while many expressed dismay that no one from the Region Ten Education Department thought it fit to attend.
Even the Heads of schools across Linden were conspicuously absent, although they were invited. The exception though was Headmistress Ingrid McLean, a former head of the Amelia’s Ward Primary School where Noble teaches. McLean is the Principal of a private school in Amelia’s Ward.
Many of those present questioned the lack of interest shown by these educators, who they said should have thronged Watooka House, if for no other reason than to garner pertinent information about the book, which they would later disseminate to their charges at school.
It was further argued that with the persistent decline in reading among young people, these molders of young minds should have jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the book launch.
However, fortunately, there were other persons who having recognised the importance of the occasion, graced the event, despite intermittent showers earlier in the afternoon.
Among those present were Mr Al Creighton of the University of Guyana, who came all the way from Georgetown, IMC Chairman Orrin Gordon; Chief Executive Officer of the Linmine Secretariat Horace James, LEN’s Business Advisor, Tina Horslen; and educators George Moore and Walterine Joseph.
Al Creighton who was barely given the opportunity to ‘browse’ ‘Intertwined’ shortly before the launch described the book as very realistic, even though it is a work of fiction.
He said that the plots and characters portrayed in the book are all very true to life, and representative of social issues very prevalent in our society today.
Creighton said that Linden has made a significant contribution to the culture of Guyana, and to literacy as a whole, noting that the town has produced quite a few writers, including Grace Chapman and Harold Bascom. He declared, “This book is an achievement because the collection of stories will be added to the line of literacy production in Guyana.”
Both George Moore, who taught at and headed some of the more senior secondary schools in Guyana, and Walterine Joseph, were high in praise of the book. Both of them expressed pride at the fact that they had taught Sherene Noble-Blair.
Joseph, an English lecturer at the Linden branch of the Cyril Potter College of Education, pointed out that Noble-Blair has raw talent, and that it was always a pleasure to help hone that talent.
She further enthused, ‘‘these stories are well crafted and skillfully put together. They belong to the category of realism, with interesting subject matter, easy to comprehend, yet challenging enough to evoke serious discussion and thought; the plots are skillfully woven around issues that litter the social landscape such as HIV /AIDS, child abuse, prostitution, rape, infidelity and suicide.’’
Many persons at the launch said that publishing the book was quite an achievement, and applauded Noble for the effort especially as everything was done locally, and the fact that she is still a ‘local girl’ and not overseas-based, with all the appurtenances that such a designation entails. (Enid Joaquin)
Here is an excerpt from ‘Intertwined,’
‘Died! A euphemism for the senseless murder that had rendered Michelle’s body lifeless- her husband had stabbed her fifty seven times.
It seemed his liaisons with them were destined for tragedy. This thought almost dissuaded him from pursuing his quest to find his son.
He was saddened by the knowledge that his son, if he found him, would never know his twin sister…………………
‘Nicholas is not here, he is in an asylum. He killed his wife you know. Thought she was being unfaithful; stabbed her fifty-seven times!’
A red hot poker seared Gordon’s chest, as a still raw memory killed any remaining hope.
He was too horrified to speak, his daughter and his son, brother and sister, caught in a web too intertwined; almost surreal.
Her empty eyes did not see him leave, and long after he had stumbled from her home, she was still mumbling Nicholas’ name.
Sherene Noble is putting the finishing touches to the first ever women’s magazine which will soon be published in Linden.
She was assisted in putting together the magazine by some of the best women writers in Linden.
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