Dis' Taste

By Caven Tootell

Historical fiction | Paperback, eBook


Caveat: Contains graphic violence, sex, drug use and contextual colonial racism - in line with historical setting times and environment. Set in pre-WWI Congo Free State, the story follows two Belgian Colonial officers, Philippe and Augustine and the latter's wife, Clementine. The oppressive environment creates a surreal world where each person attempts to forge a new life for themselves, but eventually descends into an ever-darkening world of lost dreams, disillusionment and hatred. At the start, Philippe is brutally and savagely maimed in an attack. The aftermath causes him to deal with an ever-increasing post-traumatic shock, whilst managing a company rubber plantation, using opium as a crutch.



Caven Tootell is the author of - Dis’ Taste - and avid reader of historical fiction, particularly tales of the conflict between colonial masters and their local population. His passion is to draw out the opposition of the ‘ruling and ruled’ classes both within the expatriates and the locals which drive their interactions and how they live their lives. Having served over 20 years in the military as a senior officer, Caven has lived and worked in many countries, all of whom have experienced colonial rule. Caven speaks several Asian languages and has lectured at Universities on understanding cultural differences in management. Caven lives in Sydney, still working and writing to fund his travels and experiences across the countries of Asia.


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Caven Tootell is the author of - Dis’ Taste - and avid reader of historical fiction, particularly tales of the conflict between colonial masters and their local population. His passion is to draw out the opposition of the ‘ruling and ruled’ classes both within the expatriates and the locals which drive their interactions and how they live their lives. Having served over 20 years in the military ...


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