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This is my Amazon review for Debbie Jacob's
WISHING FOR WINGS published by
Ian Randle Publishers in Jamaica:
I am at once Silenced, and full.,
This review is from: Wishing for Wings (Kindle Edition)I am reluctant to write anything about Wishing,
simply because I am stunned and humbly in awe
of the work.
If I could wish something for the author and her
young charges, I would wish for this to be a
bestseller at home in the Caribbean, and
especially in Trinidad and Tobago.
On completing it, I am at once silenced
It is not without flaws.
Yet is is emotionally flawless.
(e.g. I wished the chapter "Decisions" was an
introduction that assured me before diving in.
I did worry protectively about the boys privacy
as I read. It proved distracting for me, as
I consider myself a sensitive reader.
The relief on reading Decisions where it
is now placed, did not feel like
a literary device that should not
be tampered with.
It would better serve as a preface.
Other than that, some minor proof reading
support, and more care around poetic
moments with potential resonance that
felt cut-short or 'rushed' ;
small tweaks that could have been
helped by a good editor/ reader
prior to publishing.)
I am deeply grateful and respectful specifically
that Jacob addresses the use of religion as a
way of 'white washing' in our local culture
especially in this reform context. What a relief
that this may be voiced from a place of such
authority and to witness the direct
experience in the young men's responses once
they were granted this clearance. Surely this
should provide evidence enough that she is
right on target with this observation.
In trusting the absolute benevolence of each
prisoner-student, the worthy potential of each
failedboy-man, Jacob expresses more faith
with "Wishing…" than any religious tome.
Kudos must go to Ian Randle as well -
this is exactly the kind of honest, practical
and immediate response our regional
publishers need to have when they encounter
such a work and an opportunity as this.
Listen, this work is so insightful it is heroic.
Jacob facilitates pure genius, unearthing
gold from within hearts and minds that
society must by necessity, exclude for a time,
but where most would never deem to look.
That such potential would otherwise just be
dashed, save for this kind of work, is
profoundly worth our anger and our grief .
Jacob reveals all this without lectures, guilt-
tripping or moralising, on either side of theprison fence; the true purpose of literature
"Tear a page" , then turn a page.
The genius expressed by the prisoners
is at times tender, classical, even.
It is never cushioned in the trappings
of the young men's masks i.e.
rap culture and
bad-boy gang image.
Wishing for Wings is a phenomenal break
through in consciousness, way beyond the mere
technical act of "writing" - for Jacob and her
young writers and for their readers as well.
Thank you for your brave work Debbie Jacob -
not only in documenting and publishing it,
but in the week to week journey you made
within yourself and alongside
those so easily cast aside.
My prayers of gratitude and respect
to the brave soldiers of YTC too.
My hope for our nation soared as I read.
Each page turn revealed a nugget, more
and more worthy of another turn of
I couldn't help but pause to marvel,
to allow a tear free reign for the
This read just kept on giving and giving
and did not let up!
If I had my way, I would make it mandatory
for every adult, leader, steady-incomes,
professional, teacher individual who calls
who laments this or that here,
who shakes a cocktail
after work to pontificate with opinions of
this or that 'other'…'or them',
We must call on each other and make this
book a true, one-buy-one purchase,
national/ regional best seller.
P.S. Jacob's is one qualified Trini- voice
I would like to hear
advise our nation's leaders on what can be
done to help "the youth today".