Ezekel Alan draws on his personal memories to create this compelling and emotionally charged story of Kenneth Lovelace as he grows up in a darkly superstitious, crudely sexual, poor and increasingly violent village in rural Jamaica.
About the book
Ten year old Kenneth Lovelace often went to bed without dinner. Instead of feeling hunger, however, what he mostly felt was fear and shame, knowing that his family’s increasing poverty was the reason he had no food. Kenneth also recalls his bitterness whenever his parents locked him out of their tiny, one-room house to act on their ‘urge’. This was in the 1970s, when Jamaica’s socialist regime was dragging the country into bankruptcy, and when an Old Timer had told him that he was cursed since birth.
More than 30 years later, Kenneth, a consultant living abroad, is still plagued by the doubts, shames and superstitions that have parasitically clung to him since childhood. After a string of failed marriages, bad relationships and other misfortunes, he makes a rare visit to his old village, with hopes of coming to terms with his roots. What he encounters, however, prompts him to finally tell his story. In a letter to ‘Semicolon’, Kenneth writes about a childhood filled with mischiefs and adventures, sex, evil spirits, adversities and, progressively, violence. With the flood of recollections also come the prickly memories, including those of the stern father who never once called him ‘son’, and the girl who was too ‘brown’ for his blackness. In reliving the joys and sorrows of growing up and trying to escape from his hateful village, Kenneth hopes to trace the cause of his latest tragedy.
Filled with dark humor and irreverence, “Disposable People” provides an encounter with a way of life that few people have experienced.
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