21 Sep

INTRODUCTION TO: UPON HIS DEATH BED, 1st. novel in The Front House Jumbies Series

This novel begins in The Front House, the largest structure on the Simpson Estate of Pastureland Village, British Guiana. Found in the master bedroom of this overpowering mansion is John Simpson, patriarch of the Simpson family and controller of Simpson Industries’ vast sugarcane fortune. Stretched out on a large cast iron bed, John Simpson is dying and is constantly preoccupied with his past. This serves the dual purpose of coping with the prognosis of his imminent death, and at the same time, begging forgiveness from God.

In a helpless and yet, regretful manner, he summons his servant Sheela into the master bedroom. However, ignoring the old man’s call of distress, she uses his son’s absence as the perfect opportunity to seek vengeance against him. Stubbornly standing at the stove, fueled by mentholated spirits, the servant focused on the many infractions of injustice, which the dying man had perpetuated against her being as well as the existence of the other servants, including the labors who harvested the sugarcane fields.

As the old man prayed and secretly plotted revenge against the servant, his power of commanding the seen and unseen is assured, when his son enters into the master bedroom. Within the pages of Chapter 1, we come to know the dying man’s mind-set, through the interactions with his servant, his nurse, Sister Agnes and his son, Payton Simpson. This young man, his beloved son, is often found sitting in vigil at the dying man’s bedside. As he sits there, he listens attentively to his father’s recollection of selected memories from his past -those moments of flagrant sinning and times of overflowing joy.

Listening to the recollection of his own birth, Payton’s soul is comforted and uplifted, when he learns of his father’s pride, the first he held him in his arms. Slowly, the time they shared grew burdened with sadness, as the old man recalled the death of Polly Maynard. Still, this recollection was important to his father, in explaining the love he felt for Dalia Mendonza, the dead woman’s daughter and Payton’s mother. Withal, he continued to reject Dora Sago, the woman his son loved, because she was married, already had children and was the wife of a rum-drinking and wife-beating cane cutter, Adam Sago, and most distasteful in his consciousness, she was Black, showing the definite strains of Africa in her features. Accused of intolerance by his son, he promptly claimed it was his cunning and strategizing and not his money, which made Dalia, a racial mixture of Portuguese and Black, available to him and to his bed.

Payton does not believe him and questions his father’s investment of the money utilized in convincing Matilda, Dalia’s grandmother, to let her young fifteen year old granddaughter holiday with him in Cayenne; the very place where Payton was conceived. Reluctantly leaving his father’s presence, just as the nurse enters into the master bedroom, the readers finally close the novel, when Payton spreads a blanket over his father’s body, even though he remains unsure of his father’s awakening, as do the readers, who eagerly await the second novel, THE LOVE BETWEEN MARY AND DALIA.

20 Responses to “UPON HIS DEATH BED”

  1. Amos van der Merwe October 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Hi Kharis – good luck with the book. Is it available on Amazon?

    • kharismaceynovels October 17, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      Thanks Amos, I sent you an E-mail. I couldn’t get into amos@etime.co.za, nonetheless, much luck to you and your ventures as well, keep in touch.

      • Amos van der Merwe October 18, 2012 at 8:25 am #

        I live out in the rural areas, and depend on a wireless setup to connect to my server – it often fails. Please resend?

      • kharismaceynovels September 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

        Hi Amos, I understand. Thanks for waiting on my novel UPON HIS DEATH BED, it will be released soon. Kharis Macey

      • Amos van der Merwe September 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

        Let me know? Good luck…

      • kharismaceynovels September 21, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

        Hi Amos, a true friend, I most certainly will, your friend, Kharis Macey

    • kharismaceynovels September 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      Hi Amos, thank you and everyone else who supports me and my blog about the soon to be released UPON HIS DEATH BED. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for your support. It has been a long wait but good things take time. Peace and much love, Kharis Macey

  2. susan scott October 18, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Great Kharis and good luck with the novel!

    • kharismaceynovels September 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      Hi Susan, thanks for you connection and support of my work. I look forward to sharing much more with you and the actual novel UPON HIS DEATH BED, which will be out soon. Peace and Blessings. Kharis Macey

  3. Kharis Macey October 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    I will. Have a beautiful sun filled day. Kharis Macey

  4. Larry November 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Good luck. When will it become available, and where?

    • kharismaceynovels September 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

      Hi Gigi, thanks for your support. I hope you know I appreciate your patience and kindness. Much love and success to you. Kharis Macey

    • kharismaceynovels September 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

      Hi Larry, indeed, it has been a long wait, thanks for waiting along with me. The novel, UPON HIS DEATH BED will be available soon. I will inform you and my other friends as to when and where. Best of luck and success to you. Kharis Macey

      • Bette A. Stevens October 25, 2013 at 1:49 am #

        Hi, Kharis. I see that you have a Matilda in your book, too… Shared this on FB and Twitter and am following your blog. Wishing you much success! It’s great to be connected. 🙂

      • kharismaceyworksnovels November 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

        Yes Bette, I’ve been working on these 12 novels for over 18 years, they are now a part of me or perhaps they’ve always been. Have a great day. Kharis Macey

  5. Hilary - Dangled Carat October 29, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Looks like a great book! Congrats!

  6. Bette A. Stevens December 29, 2013 at 1:09 am #

    Dear Kharis. I’ve just nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger award and thank you so much for inspiring and supporting me, my friend. You’ll find out all about it at http://4writersandreaders.com/2013/12/29/super-sweet-blogger-award/ Have a wonderful weekend and a Very Happy New Year! Richest blessings, Bette

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