Jamaica Magazine

Book Review: Journey of Perseverance from Jamaica to America

Written by Staff Writer

ABOUT THE BOOK
The objective of this book is to inspire others positively in their daily lives, regardless of their circumstances. There are some fascinating revelations that were challenging, humorous and entertaining, and this makes for interesting reading. The book is about the radical adjustments I had to make to the big city lifestyle from my country living in Jamaica. The book emphasizes that by trusting in God and being courageous, creative, and determined and not being influenced by negative news or people, one can achieve tremendous success. A “poor me” attitude is an excuse for conceding to a temporary bad situation. We need to stop thinking that something needs to be changed and start changing the things that hinder our progress.

AUTHORS NOTES:

The motivation for writing my first book is to illustrate my personal experiences of how I overcame adversity with the odds stacked against me in my first five years after migrating from Jamaica to America. I soon realized that to achieve a high level of success, I had to step out of my comfort zone, persevere through the difficult times, never give up, and trust God that He would elevate me out of any situation. I intended to write this book several years ago but nothing happens before its time. God is an on-time God, and His time is always the right time. It is through His inspiration and guidance that I am writing this book at this time. Depicted in the book are my parental upbringings that emphasize a persistent attitude regardless of the obstacles. The importance of strong Christian values was enforced at an early age. Some acts of indiscretion as a young man were an attempt to appeal to the opposite sex. I learned lessons from being with the wrong people, at the wrong time, in the wrong places, and doing the wrong things. Coming from Jamaica, a predominantly black society, I never had to deal with racial discrimination. Detailed in the book are various encounters with racial prejudices, and how I handled these sensitive situations. I had to learn how to adjust to this new way of life in a white majority society.

 

BOOK REVIEWS

This is a very engaging and fast paced story of a man who leaves his small hometown in Jamaica to and adapt to a new lifestyle in the big city of New York. Rudolph Burke faced many challenges and his resourcefulness in overcoming all the obstacles that stood in his way. This story is applicable to immigrants as well as Americans of how to persevere and be consistent to fulfill your dreams and achieve your desired goals. This is highly recommended reading for all ages, sex, religion and race in any era or season due to the nature of the subject matter. – Valerie Persaud.

This book is fascinating, we see a young man leave his family to Migrate to a foreign country not knowing what obstacles lies ahead. The book traces the author’s background as a young Man in Jamaica and goes on to show the challenges he met in the work place in New York City, as well as his lifestyle in a big city and how he overcame adversity.
Many immigrants, particularly people from the Caribbean will find the storey very interesting because they can identify with the author’s personal experiences. In addition the reader will get a succinct idea of Jamaica’s natural resource (bauxite), the island culture and challenges one face when they migrate to a foreign country. This book is a must read. I enjoyed it immensely -  Oscar Francis

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My name is Rudolph Owen Burke (Rue), and I was born on September 9, 1944, in the Parish of Clarendon in the small rural town of Alley in the southern section of Jamaica. My father William was born in Barbados, and as a young man he migrated to Panama to work on the construction of the Panama Canal. After its completion he went to Cuba to work on various construction projects and remained there for a few years. He then came to Jamaica where he met and married my mother, Nora. He worked at Monymusk Sugar Estates until he retired. My father William was born in Barbados, and as a young man he migrated to Panama to work on the construction of the Panama Canal. After its completion he went to Cuba to work on various construction projects and remained there for a few years. He then came to Jamaica where he met and married my mother, Nora. He worked at Monymusk Sugar Estates until he retired. My father had a profound impression on me as a child growing up regarding effort and reward. He instilled in me a tenacious and determined attitude of fighting against all odds, regardless of the circumstances.

BUY THE BOOK:
Journey of Perseverance from Jamaica to America is available online at Publish America.

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