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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tell me when my light turns green
A book that will appeal to anyone who can relate in any way to the urban experience, and that of the black man trying to strike out a path for himself. The author uses language, slang, idiom and inference in a highly effective way to reflect the shifting values and certainties that exist in both the book's world and wider society. The story is compelling and...
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6 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A truly awful and incorrect view of Black London life
The author is clearly not a Londoner and, it would appear, is an individual who has a severe lack of knowledge of Black London life (and of Black Londoners). A shallow book with little research or personal experience behind it. There are glaring mistakes (Caribs are in fact the original Asian inhabitants of the Dominican Republic - NOT Afro-Caribbeans living in...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tell me when my light turns green, 2 April 2000
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This review is from: Some Kind Of Black (Paperback)
A book that will appeal to anyone who can relate in any way to the urban experience, and that of the black man trying to strike out a path for himself. The author uses language, slang, idiom and inference in a highly effective way to reflect the shifting values and certainties that exist in both the book's world and wider society. The story is compelling and idiosyncratic. This author has a strong and engaging voice, and I would not be surprised if there was a lot more to come from him. A great read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked the story, 10 Jun 2005
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This review is from: Some Kind Of Black (Paperback)
A beautifully written book that is set in London is a compelling account of black life in cosmopolitan London. The author saw London from the angle of an underprivileged African. The descriptive style of writing made it easy for the reader to relate to the story. This is the right book for those who have the desire to know about African life in the Diaspora. You can also read The Usurper and Other Stories, Things Fall Apart, Disciples of Fortune, Triple Agent, A Distant Shore.
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6 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A truly awful and incorrect view of Black London life, 4 Oct 1999
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This review is from: Some Kind Of Black (Paperback)
The author is clearly not a Londoner and, it would appear, is an individual who has a severe lack of knowledge of Black London life (and of Black Londoners). A shallow book with little research or personal experience behind it. There are glaring mistakes (Caribs are in fact the original Asian inhabitants of the Dominican Republic - NOT Afro-Caribbeans living in London!! - to name just one of the books many inapproriate usage of terms) and there is a distinct lack of any journey or framework to the book. A shame that such a much needed prize was awarded to a book of this poor standard.
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