Lloyd Beharry, a Guyanese, has published a book about slavery and indentureship experience. Titled, FIELDS ON FIRE, this novel, says the writer, is set against the brutal and inhuman conditions of the sugar cane Plantations in British Guiana. What took place during indentureship in British Guiana is a replica in the entire British West Indies, and even the French and Dutch Caribbean, in the 19th Century and early 20th century, where Africans, Indians and a sprinkling of Irish, Portuguese and Chinese, were brought to labour, often against their will, in putrid conditions, creating wealth for the colonialists. Indians were brought to the Caribbean as contracted indentured laborers (for a period of between five and ten years) between May 1838 and March 1917. Recruitment of laborers ended in 1917 while indentureship itself was abolished in January 2020.
As stated: “The book or novel is a story of how two laborers one a slave, and another an indentured laborer, “found happiness against all odds. John, an African, chastised, brutalised, and disabled by a field accident, falls in love with a horse, and Valmiki, a low-caste Indian who, through deceit, becomes a leader of men and marries the beautiful Brahmin, Shanta.None of which would have been possible but for the kindness of two white Planters. It is a story of the occult, violence and rebellion told with situational and ironic humour. Above all, it is about redemption, of how love triumphs over bigotry”.
A Linked profile states that Lloyd Beharry has taught Academic English to adults of all nationalities for 20 years and at all levels. He taught at the Universities of Cardiff and Essex. He is teaching Academic English, Communication and Professional Career Development at The University of Wales. Trinity St. David (London Campus).
The writer says that ‘Fields on Fire’, is his first novel, a work of historical fiction set in the West Indies during 19th century. It was published by Amazon on 8th February 2021. The book can be obtained from Amazon.