Journey Along the Blue Lagoon

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Journey Along the Blue Lagoon" tells the story of author Vincent Punter's days growing up on the little British Colonial island of Barbuda, the sister island of Antigua, in the Caribbean during the 1950s and '60s, a period of great transition on the island.As a boy, he witnessed the rapid changes his island and its people underwent in their move toward modernization: the graduation from horse and cart to motorized transportation; from kerosene oil lamps to electricity; from news of the outside world entering only via transistor radio to watching it all on television. "Journey Along the Blue Lagoon" captures the struggles his family endured to survive in an economy of little opportunity, and how it was all held together somehow by the strength and fortitude of his mother, Emily, an enterprising soul who scratched out ways - from vending crabs, homegrown vegetables and handmade charcoal, to making brooms - to support her four children. Although there were always money worries, the island's culture provided plenty of communal traditions that buoyed the spirits and celebrated life on the little paradise inhabitants called home, which they embraced with joy. Music always accompanied the picnics, cricket matches, boat races, dances and festivals, often held under the full, red glowing moon of the Caribbean's star-strewn sky. But "progress" was not gained without its price. Mr. Punter allows the reader to decide whether Barbuda was better off in its old-fashioned, backward ways or stepping into the modern world. What is clear, however, is that his memories of golden boyhood days, in a small village of less than 2,000, have left an indelible mark on his heart.

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Vincent Alexander Punter was born in Codrington Village, on the island of Barbuda, West Indies, on Nov. 18, 1947. After completing studies at the Holy Trinity Government School, Mr. Punter was employed as a waiter at the Coco Point Lodge. A year later, he immigrated to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, where he worked as a carpenter's apprentice for two years. He returned to Barbuda in 1968 and resumed employment at the Coco Point Lodge for another season. In 1969, Mr. Punter came to the United States and took up residency in Waterbury, Connecticut. He worked at the Scoville Brass and Century Brass Manufacturing Co. for 15 years. After the brass industry faltered, he began employment with the state of Connecticut Department of Mental Retardation. He attended Naugatuck Valley Community Technical College and graduated with a degree in human services. Mr. Punter has been writing for more than 35 years. His published works include "The Great Oak Tree" in the 1998 anthology, "National Library of Poetry," and a collection of short stories published in 2002, entitled "Straight from the Heart." His poems, short stories and news articles were regularly featured throughout the 1970s in the Barbuda Voice, the island's local newspaper. Mr. Punter has been married to his wife Zenith for more than 35 years. Together they have seven children and three grandchildren.

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