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By Robert Antoni

In 1845 London, an engineer, thinker, philanthropist, and bold-faced charlatan, John Adolphus Etzler, has invented machines that he thinks will remodel the department of work and unfastened all males. He types a collective referred to as the Tropical Emigration Society (TES), and recruits quite a few London voters to take his machines and his faulty principles to shape a proto-socialist, utopian group within the British colony of Trinidad.

Among his recruits is a tender boy (and the book's narrator) named Willy, who falls head-over-heels for the enchanting and clever Marguerite Whitechurch. Coming from the gentry, Marguerite is an international clear of Willy's laboring type. because the voyage maintains, and their love for each other strengthens, Willy and Marguerite turn out themselves to be actual socialists, their activities and adventures status in stark distinction to Etzler's disconnected theories.

Robert Antoni's tragic ancient novel, accented with West Indian cadence and alluring humor, offers an unforgettable glimpse into nineteenth-century Trinidad & Tobago.

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