As Flies to Whatless Boys
As Flies to Whatless Boys
Robert Antoni

In 1845 London, an engineer, philosopher, philanthropist, and bold-faced charlatan, John Adolphus Etzler, has invented machines that he thinks will transform the division of labor and free all men. He forms a collective called the Tropical Emigration Society (TES), and recruits a variety of London citizens to take his machines and his misguided ideas to form a proto-socialist, utopian community in the British colony of Trinidad.

Among his recruits is a young boy (and the book's narrator) named Willy, who falls head-over-heels for the enthralling and wise Marguerite Whitechurch. Coming from the gentry, Marguerite is a world away from Willy's laboring class. As the voyage continues, and their love for one another strengthens, Willy and Marguerite prove themselves to be true socialists, their actions and adventures standing in stark contrast to Etzler's disconnected theories.

Robert Antoni's tragic historical novel, accented with West Indian cadence and captivating humor, provides an unforgettable glimpse into nineteenth-century Trinidad & Tobago.

Title As Flies to Whatless Boys
Author Robert Antoni
Publisher Akashic Books
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Title First Published 03 September 2013
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 320 p.
ISBN-10 1617751561
ISBN-13 9781617751561
Publication Date 03 September 2013
Main content page count 320
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $15.95