The Ravages of a Monster Storm on a Tropical Island: Dominica – Days and Nights to Remember by Jules Pascal
“One could have heard the constant banging of hammers against boards and galvanize sheets as people all around the neighborhood were urgently boarding up their windows and doors… There was now a matter of urgency and nervousness in some quarters, especially as the latest news was that Maria was confirmed to be a Category 4 hurricane. Surely people became more gravely concerned as the images of Hurricane Irma and its devastating effects on St Maarten and Anguilla were fresh on our minds from pictures circulated on Social Media…Vehicles could be seen moving speedily on the main village road … The wind and showers intensified and thick dark clouds quickly obscured whatever light remained, making way for an eerie, somber darkness, which began to spread over the land.”
On Thursday, 11th April 2019, the release of the first published solo work of author Mr. Jules Pascal will make a dream become a reality.
No stranger to writing or to the Dominican public, Jules Pascal has penned numerous poems, songs and short stories over the years. His love for the arts as a youth saw him paint, compose, sing and even participate in local/cultural dances. He recently received both the 1st and 2nd place awards in the 2018 Dominica National Independence Creole Poetry Competition. Born and raised in the South-Eastern village of Grand Fond, Jules is a fully committed Community Worker, devoted family man and a faithful servant of the Lord. He has been married to his wife Maria for over 34 years and is the father of one daughter, Shari. Jules is skilled in a variety of disciplines including Strategic Planning, Specialist Video Producer in Rural Communications, Small Enterprise Development and Management and Curriculum Development. Those who know him well know that his career spans over decades of youth work including teaching, training, mentoring and leading and before retiring he held the position of Chief Youth Development Officer at the Youth Development Division.
The riveting publication takes readers on a very eventful ride before, during and after the passage of Catastrophic Hurricane Maria as it ravaged the island of Dominica in September 2017. The jarring account gives way to deep reflection as the author chronicles the strange, frightening and even unexplainable experiences of his family and other survivors which shook him physically and threatened the very foundation of his faith in God. The book reveals the author’s admonishments to all survivors to change their way of thinking and recognise that some obstacles are in reality opportunities. The author believes that experiences in life are in fact our greatest teachers but what have we learnt from Hurricane Maria? And have we indeed “Set our minds on things above [of God] and not on earthly things” Col 3:2 NIV
“As the decades have dimmed the memories, the more recent Hurricane Maria has taken the primary place in our thoughts over those of David. But here, in this book, Jules Pascal has caught the memories of both… This fascinating book records hair-raising experiences, and it makes riveting reading.” Dr. Lennox Honychurch
The book was published by Jules Pascal. Editing, layout and cover design were done by Joanne Nicolls and it was printed by Gorham Printing.
“Ravages” as it is affectionately being called by its early readers will be available for purchase from tomorrow at a list price of $65.00EC from JAYS and CLC Bookstores. Interested readers can also contact the author or any member of his team to request their copy. Order requests can be made at 615-6352/225-0705.