Daily Archives: October 16, 2013
By Kevin Dupre
Please note that this blog article preludes an appearance by Robert Antoni at Athens State University on November 12 and a book discussion of Antoni’s latest book As Flies to Whatless Boys on October 21.
As Flies to Whatless Boys takes readers on a journey into the Caribbean that few in the United States might ever make. Cruise-line passengers and honeymooners may, on occasion, dip their toes in the warm waters off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago, although still fewer of those explore the space, vicariously or via the history of those exoticized islands so near our shores. Further, a passing look at the history of the Caribbean might prompt limited questions about what [presumably European] languages are spoken there. These would get one no closer to what it might be like to migrate or live in the West Indies. But following Willy, the main character, who journeys there with his family from England, in part on a quest to either to lead or follow his first love Marguerite. The novel takes readers deep into the bowels of the ship on the passage across the Atlantic and deeper still into the island’s colonial culture.