Lester Siddhartha Orie has to his credit (inclusive of this book), the publication of five books in the past five months. Previously he had published three Dictionaries; a Biography; a Tour Guide of Guyana, a Travelogue, an Erotica novel, a Sequel to Hesse’s Siddhartha; A book of Essays and a book on Atheism. As is obvious, it is quite an eclectic collection of subjects the writer has explored and as a reader it’s practically a literary GPS that helps navigates you into the world of the known, the unknown, the familiar, and the esoteric.
While this book has as a major distraction the name Kennedy, it deals also with the contentious topics of child marriages and pedophiles, and of the sexcapades of children from birth, really of girl children being sexually wired to experience orgasms whether they are one or twenty-one; and of one four-year old Peruvian girl becoming impregnated and going on to have a few months later, at age five, a healthy, normal six-pound baby thus becoming the youngest confirmed mother in history.
The story of Jean, the main protagonist in the story, is about an Indo immigrant woman landing a plum housekeeper job at a famous American family. She went there to fulfill her dreams of living the American life but became romantically involved with one of the family’s son; Ben Kennedy was so enraptured by this stranger who was as exotic as a celestial being is imagined to be, but with features as Caucasian as his, straight nose, thin, luscious lips, but honey coloured, she transcended the appearance of ordinary people for him.
To get into her good books, he learnt everything he could about her ancestral land, India, thereby becoming an amateur Indologist; and as fate would have it, his government sent him to India as an up and coming diplomat where he sank his teeth into the nitty-gritties of that country’s culture and which made him further determined to live his life with nobody but Jean the Hindu immigrant.