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Busha Benjie is a story set in pre-Independence Jamaica. It describes life on a typical estate and creatively seeks to weave into the story Jamaican culture as it relates to religious beliefs, dress, food, and the values and attitudes of people in parts of rural Jamaica. Peggy Rankine's inspiration to write this story originated from her childhood experiences of estate life where her uncle was the 'Busha', and from stories told by her grandmother who, as a child, lived near an estate and had relatives employed as sugar boilers, coachmen and farmhands in the cultivation of cane, bananas, coconuts and in cattle rearing. The author could later, as an adult and as a social worker in the depressed areas of rural Jamaica, relate her experiences to the discontent of some workers and to the prejudices in society. In creating the main characters Benjie and Paul, with their strong bonding and deep fraternal love, Ranking makes an attempt, she says, to "bridge the social gap".
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Book Description Arawak publications, 2004. Perfect Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX9768189444