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Johnny-Cake Country

Johnny-Cake Country

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Author: Penn-Moll, Verna

Johnny-Cake Country is where the Caribbean Sea beats out the rhythm for its songs, and where inevitable progress more other than not, is accompanied by corrosive influences.  So each character, consciously or not, does his or her bit to preserve what is left of the Islands' heritage and culture.

Mr. Lettsome looks after his own folk by driving them up, down and around the Island, and at the same time sharing the Country's history with visitors.  Miss Probsey is the embodiment of all the maternal qualities of the community: strength, endurance, intuition, vision.  She preserves the old customs of the land, even the secret of the name, Johnny-Cake.  Naldo works day and night trying to raise money for his first year of college; and Mister Solo.... Underlying this simple tale is serious social commentary on how a developing country views its origins, its own way of life and its future.