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The West Indian Lawyer - Keith Sobion


The West Indian Lawyer Keith Sobion is Justin Sobion’s debut memoir and autobiography about his father and the impact he had on his life and the Caribbean. In West Indian Lawyer Sobion gives an overview of the very brief but impactful life of his father Keith Sobion. Keith was born in Trinidad and Tobago from very humble beginnings, through the hard work of his parents he was able to attend law school, he later practiced law, went into politics and became the first West Indian trained Principal of the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica. You can see the impact he made with by advocating for the Caribbean Court of Justice, he was involved in the Black Power Revolution in Trinidad and was notoriously a part of the last execution that happened in Trinidad and Tobago. It is clear, that while Keith Sobion lived a very short life, he touched so many areas both locally (in Trinidad and Tobago) and regionally (throughout the Caribbean).

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, while this is a book written by a son about his father and there is all the adoration involved. I felt Justin Sobion did such an amazing job of giving the reader a historical look into Trinidad and Tobago’s political and cultural history- I learned SO MUCH! If you checked the copy of my book I have “what?!!” “Did this really happen?!”. I particularly loved reading about the 1990 coup that happened in Trinidad and Tobago- for the life of me I don’t know why we don’t have more books that talks about that coup.

This was the perfect non-fiction Caribbean read, and it was truly Caribbean because The West Indian Lawyer lived in Barbados and Jamaica, had friends all over the Caribbean and travelled widely throughout the Caribbean. I want to read more books like these, books that gives a rich look into our Caribbean history and features people who made a difference.

If you are looking for a non-fiction Caribbean read this is it. If you want a book that explores life in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1980s and the 90s, this is a perfect read!

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Weight 0.980000
By Justin Sobion
Country of Publication Trinidad & Tobago
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9789766540708
Pagination 406
Publication Date Dec 31, 2018
Publisher Mona Graphic Printers Company Limited
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