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UNDER THE TAMARIND TREE: A NOVEL
sisters who have no patience for him. His trials are a reflection of the world around him in the emerging
nation, with all of its political and racial violence and plots and demons racing the streets to destroy them. He
will succeed and survive in the end because that is all he knows, even though he is also driven by demons of
We are given the wonderfully exotic world of Guyana and its cultural diversity and incredible mix of ethnicity
and religion. And it is alive and teems about the reader like a maelstrom of a fantastic world. This book is a
joy to read and it will make you cry, so beware. I guarantee you won’t want to put it down.
~ DAN McNAY, AMERICAN AUTHOR OF FOUR NOVELS. DAN LIVES IN LOS ANGELES, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
Characters extremely compelling.
Rosaliene, I’ve read your novel! I learned so much about Guyana; history, culture, language, food, and the
ethnic backgrounds of the country. I felt I was learning deep culture from an expert and that my time reading
was a journey. The characters were extremely compelling. The years leading up to independence from Britain
are so momentous and full of tension. What a surprise ending and it also seemed right. Thank you for the
education and the well crafted story.
~ BILINGUAL WRITER REBECCA CUNINGHAM, BLOGGING AT FAKE FLAMENCO, COMMENT MADE ON BLOG THREE WORLDS ONE
VISION, DECEMBER 28, 2019. REBECCA LIVES IN MADISON, WISCONSIN.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read!
November 12, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
Fantastic read! Thank you for taking me back home for a few hours...
~ BIBI, GUYANESE READER IN THE DIASPORA
Enlightening, humorous and heart warming.
Dear Ms. Bacchus,
Thank you for taking the time to share your family story and part of Guyana’s history in your book Under the
Tamarind Tree! I found it to be very enlightening, humorous and heart warming. I wish you much success in
your future projects and look forward to reading your next novel.
~ COLIN BARTON, GUYANESE-AMERICAN READER, COMMENT MADE ON BLOG THREE WORLDS ONE VISION, NOVEMBER 6, 2019.
Gripping from beginning to end.
I read “Under the Tamarind Tree” in two sittings. I spent a whole day and evening reading over 200 pages. It
was gripping from beginning to end, and ultimately charming. I especially liked the insight into Guyanese
culture, ethnic and religious interplay, as well as political goings-on during the transition from British rule to
“independence” in the 1950s and early 1960s. It is such an alien world to me, but your novel made me fall in
love with it and want to see it for myself. It also made me wonder what Guyana is like now, with the oil
discoveries and hook-up with Exxon-Mobil. The food sounds delicious.
What struck me most about your protagonist, Richard Cheong, was that despite all his troubles, he remained
kind to everyone throughout, even though I was annoyed with his selfishness in the beginning. Of course I
liked the chicken farm but I could never kill a chicken. Since I’ve known chickens personally, I haven’t been
able to eat them, either, but still eat eggs.
~ AMERICAN BLOGGER KATHARINE OTTO, OCTOBER 24, 2019.
Brisk and compelling read.
I’m about half way through the book. It’s a brisk and compelling read. Richard sure has problems, doesn’t he?
– his wife, his family, his livelihood, his country, and his own demons!
~ ROBERT A VELLA, AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AUTHOR, BLOGGING AT THE SECULAR JURIST, OCTOBER 24, 2019.
Amanda Khan <e-mail address>
Thu 10/10/2019 3:13 PM
Hi Rosaliene Bacchus! I enjoyed your book “Under the Tamarind Tree” very much. I loved the simplicity of the
story. It brought back so much memories to me. I couldn’t put the book down. I love Richard lol A man that
loved his wife unconditionally, he was determined to accomplish his dreams no matter what. He acknowledged
when he was wrong yet he kept pressing on towards his goals. The humor in this book is outrageous! I love
it. Well done Rosaliene Bacchus!
~ AMANDA KHAN, GUYANESE AMERICAN, NEW YORK, USA
What a story! So well told.
I finished reading “Under the Tamarind Tree” last night, or should I say early this morning. I was halfway
through when I began reading last night and past midnight there were still a hundred pages to go so I shut
down and got ready for bed but I couldn’t let go of the story, got up, booted up and read until I got to the
end. Must have been about 2:00 AM.
What a story! So well told. One doesn’t need to be back-grounded in Guyana history to read your novel, the
history tells itself throughout. The characters are believable and constant. What a movie your story would
Your novel is a “can’t put it down” writing. I’ve read thousands of novels over the years as time constraints
forced me to learn speed reading and I can tell you that “Under the Tamarind Tree” ranks up there with the
best of them if not actually at the very top. I’m amazed, honestly. I know I shouldn’t be but this took me like
a whirlwind. Only one thing disappointed me: it ended way too soon.
Thank you for opening a window of life on another part of the planet I know so little about.
~ FRENCH CANADIAN BLOGGER, SHA'TARA, BLOGGING AT BURNING WOMAN, OCTOBER 9, 2019.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read.
October 1, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
What a great read dear Rosaline, well, of course, I wasn’t surprised after being your blog’s fan. You deserve
the five stars indeed.
~ IRANIAN CANADIAN, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR, LALEH CHINI
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
February 15, 2020
Format: Kindle Edition
“Under The Tamarind Tree” by Rosaliene Bacchus. Published by Lulu 2019 is sweeping
grand drama about Richard Cheong’s life set against the troubled history of Guyana
gaining its freedom from Great Britain. We are quickly drawn into Richard’s life in 1950
with the birth of his first child. He is the good father, fighting against the times and
convoluted half hidden histories of an extended family and the sad efforts of his parents
and siblings to even act like decent human beings. He survives and takes care of those
he loves without help from anyone, including a wife he loves and loses and distant