HUMPHREY'S RIDE by Robert D. Abrahams


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When Humphrey Eglantine, Pembroke heard the song ""You'll take the High Road and I'll take the Low Road and I'll be in Scotland before you"" he took it literally. Geography Was never his strong point, but he knew London (where his father had gone) was near Scotland, even though he didn't realize that they weren't on his own island of Nevis. So perched on his donkey, Lord Nelson, Humphrey set off along the Nevis low road (it seemed safer than the high one) for London. The trip leads him into a series of adventures in which he is continually led astray-- he looks for a magic bottle when a drunk says that a bottle brought him from England, and for a cricket bat, when he overhears a critic's statement that a player's bat will carry him to London. Eventually, of course, he completes the circle back to his starting point, but not until he has run into all the local characters -- Chinese Doctor, witch, Obeah Man, smugglers. The dialect becomes quite grating, but otherwise the story offers quite a pleasant glimpse of the island.

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1965
Publisher: Crowell