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When a young Caribbean boy, born into poverty and abandoned by teenage parents, stumbles upon the international bestseller, The Power of Positive Thinking, he vows to make it the bible that would guide his path to a life of prosperity.
Despite devastating academic failures, he predicts before incredulous classmates, a successful career in accountancy, citing the name of his future employer a British telecommunications giant with deep colonial roots. And during moments of repose he d visualize his future bride, a beautiful girl from a different world, totally oblivious of his affection.
Against formidable odds, he sets out on an ill-prepared trip to London to pursue his dreams. But nothing goes according to plan. Meeting his mother and half-siblings for the first time leaves permanent scars. The search for his father proves futile. A bout of blindness all but crashes his dreams.
When he finds himself marooned in the seemingly desolate city in the depth of a bitter English winter, and facing destitution, he d have to summon more than The Power of Positive Thinking to see him through.
How long would it be before he returned to his island home to fulfill his destiny, and claim his heart s desire still oblivious of his affection?
The fateful events of 9/11 stir in him a profound desire to unlock the vaults of history. Private investigators unearth his father living good in London, a successful man with haunting secrets of a past life hidden from his loving family ... pictures buried in an attic ... a grandmother on a nearby island grieving her recently departed husband who d never seen his grandson ...
All the while, his relentless ambition profoundly reshapes his goals, his life, and just might redefine a generation.
Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the critically acclaimed A Caribbean Tale is a compelling non-fiction novel spanning decades, of hope and dreams, triumph and disaster, and the lessons of life and of living.
Highly recommended for those who dare to dream.
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Rudy Gurley was born on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia to a Barbadian father, and St. Lucian mother.
Although he spent several years in England, where he pursued a career in accountancy, he has lived most of his life in the Caribbean.
A Fellow Chartered Management Accountant (FCMA), Rudy also holds an MBA from Henley Management College (UK), and membership of the [British] Institute of Directors and the Institute of Management.
Rudy has had a long and distinguished career with British telecoms giant Cable & Wireless (C&W), where he rose to the level of Chief Executive of two subsidiaries, and Chairman of the Board of Director of another. He has also served in a non-executive capacity on a number of company and statutory boards.
An internationally acclaimed author, Rudy has published four books: two non-fiction novels, and two text books for the financial services industry.
His first autobiographical novel, A Caribbean Tale, won critical acclaim, and was bundled with Barack Obama s The Audacity of Hope, in a promotional package by Amazon.com.
The sequel, Sent From Overseas, dramatizes the circumstances surrounding his departure from C&W. This riveting non-fiction novel is widely credited with causing Cable & Wireless Caribbean to change its name and strategic direction, and distance itself from its colonial past.
Rudy is CEO and founder of ForexCalling.com, a website providing training and education on how to successfully trade the foreign exchange market, the world s largest financial market. His two textbooks, Forex Basics, and The Forex Strategy Workbook, are sold via ForexCalling com, which boasts clients from every continent.
Rudy is also CEO and founder of aCaribbeanTale.com , which publishes, promotes, and distributes his work globally, and hopes to do the same for aspiring Caribbean writers whose stories are inspirational, uplifting, and of the highest standard.
A dynamic motivational speaker, Rudy Gurley has been invited to tour the U.S. and Canada, sharing his experiences with college and university students.
He lives on St. Lucia with Susanna, his wife of thirteen years.Review:
There is a saying that some memoirs are meant to be read as an aid to help one fall asleep. Rudy Gurley s, A Caribbean Tale is not of them. In fact, once you start reading this true story, you might find yourself sitting up all night...
Rudy Gurley s life story is a vivid recollection that starts with a nightmare and moves backward into the riveting world of a young boy who was born to live a less than ordinary life...
A Caribbean Tale is a well-written haunting memoir that introduces you to a family held together by quiet dignity and powerful secrets. The story unfolds in flashback sequences allowing a reader to physically feel the depth of the young boy s difficult journey, all set in motion by the mysterious abandonment of his mother and father.
The discovery on a rainy afternoon of an old leather trunk that contained a book sporting the picture of a middle-aged white man on its cover would change Rudy Gurley's life forever. This true story demonstrates the author s quest to make something of his own life far removed from the extreme conditions he would endure as a child...
- J. Andy Murphy, WriteStuff
Writers Book Review
(Indiana, US) --WriteStuff Book Review, Indiana,US
Not only do we have a great story, but an author with a refreshing style and the agility with language wherein he seems never to have to search for the appropriate phrase or word ... Rudy Gurley strikes just the right tone. Best of all, the book is modest and carefully crafted devoid of rambling that so often prevails in memoirs. It is an incredible tale ...
Gurley s account is warm and direct with a bit of humor thrown in, calling to mind not only particular times and places in his life but the distinctive landscapes between his childhood and adulthood. Moreover, he does a masterful job of conveying the confusion of trying to understand his world of a child pleading with his aunt to tell him where his parents were, only to be assured that they were living in England and that he and his sister would soon be joining them.
The book glides effortlessly from Gurley s early school days until he reaches his ultimate goal. In between we learn of his many uphill battles ...The memories of all these events are intense, as readers vicariously relive them with Gurley. The good news is that there is a sequel in the works and I look forward to hearing once again from this gifted author.
I felt privileged to read A Caribbean Tale . As the author shares his personal story, he teaches about the value of overcoming adversity and hardships ... A Caribbean Tale is an excellent book ... As Rudy Gurley s story flows along, you get swept up in it. I also looked at the obstacles that he managed to overcome and found myself thinking that if I keep plugging away at my own difficulties, I, too, can come ahead. This story would be an excellent book for cultural studies classes to read.
- Reader Views
The author narrates his life story well, vividly rendering his emotions throughout his struggles. A pleasant, inspiring read.
- Kirkus Discoveries
(Broadway, New York) --Various
[A Caribbean Tale] contains all the ingredients of an excellent book. Intelligent, determined, romantic, Rudy Gurley is a man with an incredible story to tell. His rags-to-riches story has echoes of Charles Dickens, minus a Miss Haversham and Fagin. [A Caribbean Tale] provides sustenance to readers seeking inspiration of one that has risen above their hardships and station to become an unmitigated success.
- ForeWord CLARION reviews
I read lots of books where I couldn't care less what happens to the main characters and can't even remember their names as soon as I've finished the book. Your book is so much better. I'm really looking forward to finding out what happens. It's a page-turner!
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This book is a must read!! I stumbled across this book by mistake, but it was one I am really pleased about ... A fantastic read by all accounts I have passed it on to friends who are thoroughly enjoying it too!! I am a child of Caribbean immigrants and his story was so familiar to me, I jumped right into the book...I read the second book too, 'Sent From Overseas', and while more a corporate read, it was great all the same....What am I going to do until Rudy Gurley writes another book!!!???
Working on A Caribbean Tale was a mind-blowing experience for me not because I was being paid to read an inspiring novel that I found utterly unputdownable, but because it led me to reassess my own perceptions and prejudices. Just read it A Caribbean Tale - and see for yourself what I mean. But I m still at a loss to fathom how tiny St. Lucia could have produced two Nobel Laureates ... and now this novel on course, I believe, to become an international bestseller.
For the first time in years I've read a book in literally one sitting. The Caribbean Tale. I look forward to your next one. There are many things I also identify with and find it s so frank and open and refreshing. Congratulations.
I'm reading A Caribbean Tale right now... It is inspirational on so many levels. It's a tale of the quintessential Caribbean life journey (including the disillusionment of living overseas!). Thank you for this book.
I am an avid reader and recently picked up a copy of your book [A Caribbean Tale], passing through Grantley Adams on my way to Grenada. I read it in one sitting and really enjoyed your very poignant story! Congratulations on your achievements. I plan to read the next book as well.
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Book Description aCaribbeanTale.com / Aardvark, 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111427605351
Book Description aCaribbeanTale.com / Aardvark Global Publishing, 2006. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1427605351