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Antoine Archange Raphael
Big Ninny's Home
This book is a dramatization of "The Haitian Drama". It discribes the anatomy of a love affair between two people motivated by different philosophies of life.There is also a French version entitled, "Le Drame Haitien".
Ninny and Allen are madly in love. Yet she recognizes that her intuition and apprehension happen to be true: she and her boyfriend belong to two different worlds. She belongs to a world inhabited by her people and ruled by ancestral traditions, including Voodoo; he belongs to a sophisticated world of positive knowledge, populated by the enemies of her people. The dividing line becomes so clear to her now; and she has no choice but to acknowledge this dichotomy and react accordingly. She whispers: “Que sera, sera.”
He finally succeeded in forgetting that portion of our history (almost completely devoid of happy moments), so much so that he was taking delight in being conscious of the roughness of the tree bark against his skin.
It was, spontaneously, a way for him to experience his existence in a world where the omnipresent irrationality gave him the impression of immersing himself in a frightful dream, in a gaseous universe with no tangibility
“Is it an everlasting nightmare?” he wondered. “If it’s one, then creation wouldn’t have any purpose.
“We shouldn’t be given consciousness, intelligence, a sense of right and wrong; so we wouldn’t witness and fall victims of this bad dream, to start with.”
He was also a bit elated for keeping his sanity, watchfulness, lucidity, instead of letting himself absorbed by a depressing life routine that kept on moving in a vicious circle.
Occasionally, he pinched himself hard.
He intended to experience this author’s feeling according to which one who has never suffered has never been alive.
“Except that sufferings spread throughout this world,” he whispered. “Too many people display an irresistible intention to make others miserable.
“The media pours out human tragedies everywhere into our living rooms, our bedrooms, in our cars, reporting wars, genocides, ethnic cleansing, and remote-controlled assassination.
“Therefore, sufferings, although they are not absolute in nature, turn ubiquitous in the bosom of human society.
“This situation is so sad and hopeless. Supposedly, human nature should pas as the best invention Mother Nature could think of, in the course of her evolution, since it could use reason to temper brutality being seemingly part of a wholesale project of existence.
“Unfortunately, our common mother has made a mistake in her expectations.
“Her hope seems to turn into an ordeal.”