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Caribbean Chemistry: Tales From St. Kitts (edition 2010)

by Christopher Vanier

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Title:Caribbean Chemistry: Tales From St. Kitts
Authors:Christopher Vanier
Info:Legend Press Kingston (2010), Paperback, 416 pages
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Tags:memoir, around the world

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Caribbean Chemistry: Tales from St Kitts by Christopher Vanier

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I found Caribbean Chemistry by Christopher Vanier a very pleasant and interesting memoir about growing up on the island of St. Kitts. Vanier recalls the fun and mischief of his younger years and along with his colourful carefree days is the reminder that there were tensions of who one could play with, and how one was viewed by their depth of their color. This book is peppered by the events that shaped Vanier in his youth. St. Kitts was slowly emerging from it’s colonial existence and Christopher Vanier captures the small island’s effort to find balance and purpose in the modern world.

Christopher was educated both at boarding school in Antigua as well as on his home island, and he knew from an early age that he wanted to be a chemist so with the help of a scholarship that was fiercely contended for, he was able to expand his horizon by studying Chemical Engineering at Cambridge University in England.

As Caribbean Chemistry only goes until Christopher was 19 I felt it was perhaps a shade too long but it definitely pulled me in as he shares the topography of his life and his island. I enjoyed the expansive view of this tiny corner of the Caribbean. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Oct 3, 2015 |
A fascinating memoir of growing up in a loving family on a peaceful, beautiful, but ultimately suffocating island. Vanier clearly loved his homeland but in the end he saw the wisdom in getting away. This book covers his life up to age 19, at which time he set off for Cambridge University. You learn about mountain climbing in St. Kitts, the perils of owning a pet monkey, the cold atmosphere of Anglo-Caribbean boarding schools, the fierce competition for scholarships, and the deep limitations that (back then at least) were part and parcel with colonial life. Vanier's book (which, at around 400 pages of tiny print, may be a bit longer than necessary) is ultimately a love letter to St. Kitts, but you understand why he made the decision to leave. ( )
  meggyweg | Nov 28, 2012 |
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