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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Superscript (21 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954291301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954291303
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,709,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Amy Gdala is the professional name used by a veteran countersurveillance activist and commonwealth academic who disappeared mysteriously in the summer of 2005 a few weeks after delivering the final volume of the quartet known as The Probability Sequence of which this is the second volume.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Rosamond C. Reavell on 11 Aug. 2002
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This highly original cult 'philosophical novel' is quite unlike anything I've read before, so I've no terms of reference to compare it with. Not an easy read, by any stretch of the imagination, and not only because much of it is in Jamaican patois; one does get into that after a while. The trick is perhaps to read the book very rapidly and get the gist of it, without minding about the parts one doesn't understand ~ that way one doesn't lose the thread.
You get Black Panthers, Jamaican culture, video games, how cannabis works on the brain, a love-story, and lots else besides . . .
The African sounding name Amy Gdala is a pseudonym, which turns out to be from the 'amygdala', one of the parts of the brain which controls movement, posture and balance; it also has meanings associated with almonds and lava!
The language is vigorous and poetic (also explicit where appropriate, which is quite often), there's lots of witty wordplay, it's colourful ~ colour and rhythm are motifs throughout ~ it's mind-stretching if not mind-blowing, and I found it both stimulating and fun and am glad to have read something so out of the ordinary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Copsey on 17 Sept. 2002
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Anyone who wasted their money on Chris Salewicz's RUDEBOY might well be wary of this. But they would be wrong.
It is as dense and complicated as the best of Black lit/orature, fierce and uncompromising but gently educating.
If I ever thought that Black Macho was just a dirty dog that had already had its day,I know better now.
Is this fiction or prophecy?
The literary equivalent of a walk to the water with Burning Spear!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "julienneford" on 11 Aug. 2002
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This is a most surprising book establishing what is virtually a new writing genre. It has the narrative format of a novel in which two intimate voices vie with one another for the reader's sympathy, but at the same time it conveys a carefully documented cultural history of the state of Black consciousness outside Africa.
Assaulting the biological determinism of current popular science head on, this book reasserts existential morality in a fast moving and quite shocking story in which Professor Susan Greenfield and Huey P Newton appear as characters alongside a motley crew of miscreants and deviant theologians.
If you think you knew everything about love, think again. This could change the whole way you see the world.
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surprising look at "yardie" culture 25 Feb. 2007
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This book has been well-described as "the first genuine philosophical novel of the century". Taking up where Houllebecq's ATOMISED finished, it reverses the biological determinism ( ie racism and sexism) and reasserts our human responsibility for our own evolution. Understanding the biochemistry of emotions does not need to produce a fatalistic surrender to irrational desires, rather it can give us better understanding of our weaknesses and more control over the effect we have on others.

In a rather Shakespearean way the author mirrors the dialectic between a Jamaican "yardie" and a female academic with that between the nueroscientists Damasio and Greenfield over brain versus mind as the contemporary equivalent of the argument about determinism versus free will.

At a time when the "gun culture" of British inner city youth is racing to catch up with its American counterpart this book, set in a London ghetto, traces the the triangle drawn by New York, London and Negril, and presents a choice of three different resolutions : tragedy, revenge and forgiveness.

A novel that stays with you long after you have put it down.
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