Fiction Map of the World- St Lucia

by Travelbag on 21 January 2015, 12:01PM Fiction Map of the World- St Lucia

If you take a summer holiday to St Lucia, you are guaranteed to find out what the word paradise really means. This beautiful Caribbean island is everything that you could ever want from an overseas trip – it has soft white beaches, lush vegetation, lively bars and restaurants, plenty of wildlife and a unique and vibrant culture. 

It may be small, but there is a lot of personality packed into this little island. There is Rodney Bay, in the north, which offers a whole host of modern comforts and amenities. Then, there is Soufrière, in the north, which is known for its geographic wonders.

Essential Holiday Reading
As an island once viciously fought over the British and the French, St Lucia does enjoy a vibrant and varied mix of languages and cultures. In fact, 95% of the population speak a ragtag combination of French, English and Creole, called Patois. This lively history, and even livelier present, has resulted in a culture which is extremely fertile for writers and artists. For a gripping read, on your next trip to this beautiful island paradise, invest in crime thriller Rum Justice, by Jolien Harmsen. This confident, bold novel follows the murder of ‘Smiley’ Jackson, a water taxi driver who turns up at sea with a bullet wound in his chest. The finger of suspicion immediately points at a wealthy American family, with their own dark secrets to contend with.

Notable St Lucian Books
The 1968 novel, Nor Any Country, by Garth St. Omer, is considered to be a great work of St Lucian fiction. It is highly regarded for its frank exploration of cultural change and transition, and what it can mean for those who return to a place that they once called home. It follows the fortunes of Peter, who returns unexpectedly to his West Indian home, in order to reinvigorate past relationships. However, he soon discovered that the island is not the same place that he left all those years ago. For those who like their reads short and snappy, the anthology Sound Ground could be a magnificent choice. This collection of poetry, by Vladimir Lucien is gritty, observational, confessional and deeply intimate.

Notable Antiguan Authors
One of the most famous writers in St Lucia is Derek Walcott, an acclaimed poet and playwright. His play Dream on Monkey Mountain won a handful of prestigious awards, for its frank exploration of racial conflict and identity. In it, protagonist Makak feels ashamed of his identity as a black man, and develops an obsession with the whiteness of the moon. If you are feeling particularly intellectual, you might want to check out his Homeric epic, and most highly regarded work, Omeros – a 64 chapter poem which is loosely based on the Odyssey. For those on the look-out for an epic read, you will not find anything grander in scale than this.

Notable St Lucian Films
The St Lucian film industry is a lively place, which produces various different kinds of movies. Whilst its film industry may not be all that large, it is a popular choice for Hollywood moviemakers. The 1967 version of Dr Doolittle was shot in St Lucia, and directed by Richard Attenborough. The only problem is that the shoot was beset by misfortune – the bad luck included, but was not limited to, frequent tropical storms, insect swarms, and the fact that locals destroyed a large snail prop, because a number of children on the island had recently contracted sickness from eating freshwater snails.

Essential Holiday Listening
To really get the party started in St Lucia, check out some of the best soca bands and musicians in the area. This is the most popular style of music on both the island, and across large parts of the Caribbean. It is a lively blend of calypso, funk and soul, which means that it is always fast, raucous and guaranteed to be the perfect soundtrack to an evening of dancing, drinking and making memories. Whilst music is very much appreciated in St Lucia, the island itself does not have a strong or widespread music industry of its own, preferring instead to listen to artists from in and around the Caribbean. For a bit of a dance, after your dinner, put some El-A-Kru on your iPod and move like nobody is watching.

Notable St Lucian Musicians
It is difficult to think of a region which values music quite as deeply as the Caribbean. In this region, music is a restorative, it is there to heal and please the soul. Therefore, if you visit St Lucia, you should find that unabashed joy is to be found in every corner. The sounds of soca are big, bold and beautiful – it won’t be long before you are on your feet. You can chase the pulse of the island by checking out artists like Claudette Peters and Tizzy, two of the most popular female soca singers in the region. If you prefer something a little more relaxed, try bluesy songstress Arianne Whyte.

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