– takes readers back to Guyana in the 1940’s
By skillfully putting the memories of her past on paper, Margery Kirkpatrick was able to transport
her readers into the days where neighbours lived like the true meaning of the word, where, only school, church and family, mattered in a young one’s life.
In her second publication- ‘THE WAY WE WERE: Memories of a British Guiana Childhood- Margery Kirkpatrick nee Ting a Kee, chronicles the Chinese experience in the then colony world of British Guiana.
The book was launched during a simple ceremony at Kirkpatrick’s home in Meadow Brook, Georgetown, which was attended by Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai, friends and family of Kirkpatrick’s, as well as a few members of her community.
She described in vivid and heartwarming detail, her life as a third generation Chinese girl growing up in a relatively mixed society of the 1940’s British Guiana.
Portrayed in a series of short stories, Kirkpatrick’s book brings readers face to face with Georgetown in its colonial time, where one would have never imagined that a day would come when the world will move from slate boards to computers.
Kirkpatrick’s tale captures a Guyanese History, which is already dim in the memories of those who lived it.
It also gives the younger generations a glimpse into the period of Guyana’s history which would have forged the Characters of some of Guyana’s most influential personalities.
The author in brief remarks thanked her Editor, Joyce Jonas, and Guyenterprise for their contribution in making the book attractive.
Copies of ‘The Way We Were: Memories of a British Guiana childhood’ could be bought at the Austin’s Bookstore.
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