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.
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 make. 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. Lalehchini.com ~ IRANIAN CANADIAN, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR, LALEH CHINI
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.