UNDER THE MANGO TREE
Reviewed by Gyanchand Rayman
Come January 3rd 2016, Juelle P Cadette is releasing yet another fascinating short story entitled 'Under the Mango Tree'. if you have read any of Juelle's other stories such as 'Boutine' or 'Where was La Reine Born?' you would readily endorse my claim that Juelle pins down in words, complex human emotions. She has an eye for detail, a sensitivity to the nuances of emotion, a flair for drama, and the skill to weave these together into the fabric of a captivating and memorable story. 'Under the Mango Tree' provides ample demonstration of her ability to tell a story like a maestro.
Here is a peek at the story: Jon and wife, Sylvain, are a happily married couple. Like regular folks, they have their blissful moments, their domestic comforts, but life is not static and marriage cannot be all honey and milk, so they too face difficult times and have their thirst slaked with vinegar. After some years of marriage the couple remain childless. Miscarriages and an unfortunate experience deprive them of the joy of parenthood. Jon yearns for a child, to be a loving father, in contrast to the way he had been deprived of love as a child. He becomes disenchanted with his wife losing her pregnancies, and fears going through that painful experience which has become a pattern. Eventually, he and his wife drift apart.
But nature abhors voids. Something always comes along to fill a vacant space. Thus, the stage is set for a third party to fill the gap. So enters Mellisa, an artist, and Jon instantly becomes mesmerized by her beauty and refreshing personality. The artist's liberal spirit cement the union and the erstwhile, relative tranquility Jon had with his wife is shattered. Upheaval is inevitable, explosions imminent. Their lives are now at risk and there is no safe way out.
The story takes a dramatic turn, it races on, the energy increases, and the action intensifies as the problem escalates. The reader, at this point, with bated breath will be glued to his chair and will read the story through to its final word.
Why is the story entitled 'Under the Mango Tree'? That is a surprise left for you to find out. But be assured that thereafter, for years to come, when you see a sprawling mango tree the curious thought will cross your mind: “I wonder, what's under that mango tree?” This is a story to delight you. Read and enjoy!
Under the Mango Tree is set to be released, virtually, on Sunday January 3rd 2016 at www.juellepcadette.wix. com/stories. It will be free to read. You can follow Juelle’s journey as a writer through her official Facebook page: Juelle P Cadette.