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5.0 out of 5 stars Jamaica is the "Paradise" in this beautiful compelling tale., 10 Aug 1999
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"A True History of Paradise" is one of those novels so totally compelling you want them never to end, and when they do, you can't wait to hear that the author has pubished another book continuing the story. It's a fascinating tale told from the point of view of a modern young Jamaican woman, Jean Landing. Her story is punctuated with fascinating reminiscences of her ancestors and descriptions of events from friends' and relatives'viewpoints. Exciting and informative, complex but lucid, and well-crafted, the novel vividly demonstrates some of the difficulties created by colonialism. Because of her intelligence, her powerful ability to empathize, and her mixed-race heritage, the story Jean tells is enlightening as well as engrossing. Her vivid descriptions of her homeland reveal it as an almost unbearably beautiful country. I want to visit Jamaica, and I want to hear more about Jean!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A totally captivating and revealing novel., 9 Aug 1999
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"A True History of Paradise" is one of those novels so compelling you want them never to end, and when they do, you can't wait to hear that the author has published another book continuing the story. It's a fascinating tale told from the point of view of a modern young Jamaican woman, Jean Landing. Her story is punctuated with fascinating reminiscences of her ancestors and descriptions of events from friends' and relatives' viewpoints. Exciting and informative, complex but lucid, and well-crafted, the novel vividly demonstrates the difficulties created by colonization. Because of her mixed-race heritage and her sensitive and intelligent perceptive powers, the story Jean tells is enlightening as well as engrossing. In addition, her vivid descriptions of her homeland reveal it as an almost unbearably beautiful country. I want to visit Jamaica, and I want to hear more about Jean!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It hot but hush!!!!, 15 Aug 1999
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From the point of view of a Jamaican,especially one of my generation,this is a painful book to read.Cezair-Thompson has got the atmosphere right.The resonances are agonisingly accurate,and the dialogue reflects the way we 'talk'.The sense of "Paradise Lost" brings tears to the eyes,and the lost opportunities she depicts strenghten the sense of guilt that the average non-political Jamaican feels today.The brutal violence that almost characterizes Jamaica today,and the love that we feel for this superbly beautiful "Rock", create a schizophrenia which has become a normal part of the Jamaican experience.The negatives: Is there no hope for us ? Is there balm in Gilead?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exotic is not always that, 17 May 2009
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Jo D'Arcy (Portsmouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is the first book by Margaret Cezair-Thompson before she found fame with her second book on Richard and Judy. This is as good if not slightly better than the second one, you really feel you are on the island of Jamaica and you are experiencing everything first hand.

We follow Jean Landing who is trying to escape the island since it degenerated into a state of emergency and not a place of paradise. As we follow Jean through her escape we are taken back to events in her life and even before she was born, centuries earlier, that tell us the reader even more about the build up to the state of emergency. We read about her sister Lana, a rather eccentric and isolated person whose death is the opening of the book. Jean's mother Monica and her desire to not let anything affect her. Paul, Jean's friend throughout her life who helps her escape and has an influence on Jean. We go back even further, to those that have come over from Africa, India and China that through marriage have created the Landing family which Jean is ultimately trying to escape the memories of when she leaves Jamaica.

The author cleverly flit backs between the current and the past with such ease. It does not jar the reader and flows beautifully. The only two things I did struggle with was all the characters and had to keep referring back to the family tree at the front of the book and the language and had to refer to the back of the book for the glossary on the Jamaican turn of phrase and language.

A book which transports you back to so much about Jamaica's history and how its people form the back bone of any country. Beautifully written, one page is the beauty of the country, the heat, the warmth of people, and the landscape and then on the next page, death and destruction, houses with shutters on, everyone looking out from behind bars there because they have not committed a crime but are the criminals.

A educating read about something which really did happen and Cezair-Thompson brings it to life so we can all experience it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!, 20 Mar 2009
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Karrie (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
A truly amazing read, I loved it. Cleverly written using different time frames, with the 'present' consisting of a car journey across Jamaica which lasts the length of the book. During this, the author dips into various stages of the main characters life, the lives of those 'near and dear' to her and you build up a picture of her as a whole and understand why certain things happen. I don't want to give away any of the plot but would recommend reading this novel. If you enjoyed her book 'The Pirates Daughter' which was a Richard and Judy read last year, you'll love this. 10 x better!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars True History, 3 Feb 2014
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Book arrived in good condition. Really good read from an author that id never previously heard of. would by more of her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, 15 Nov 2013
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Having known and loved this beautiful island for the past 40 years her writing brings the political history to life of how it was living through these times of change. Very accurate political history entwined with the authors amazing story telling skills of combing the island's history with her characters. Could not put it down and cannot get enough of her books.
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