Commentary: Of V.S. Naipaul, Tropicana and Septentrional of Haiti


Jean H Charles LLB, MSW, JD, is a regular contributor to the opinion section of Caribbean News Now. He can be reached at jeanhcharles@aol.com

By Jean Hervé Charles

I told the editor of Caribbean News Now I am taking a hiatus for several weeks out of my weekly column to concentrate on adding the last touch to my book on a sustainable vision to create a rich, prosperous and independent Haiti. But two events happened this week that make me come out of my hibernation, albeit in the heat of summer.

One was the celebration on 27th July 2018 of the 70th anniversary of the big band, Septentrional of Haiti and, second, the passing of the renowned Trinidadian social critic and famous writer V.S. Naipaul at the age of 85 on 12th August 2018.

I am 72 years old. I grew up in the…

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