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Suberb in every sense
on 7 January 2010
The prose is gripping, from the first page. Un-put-downable. There are no bars held with the topics in this book, it is brutal and graphic and exceedingly brilliant.
The book is predominantly based on a single character, a slave girl raised on a plantation estate in Jamaica. The language is 19th century Patois, which brings you nicely in to the era the book was written. It covers the history of slavery in the 1700's without being too heavy, but at times is very graphic. The behaviour and injustice is at times heartbreaking but the writing leads you to a greater understanding of the level of suffering black people endured for freedom. The characters are well defined and the book flows so smoothly you will be on page 100 before you know it.
If you love books like The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Colour Purple by Alice Walker or anything by Toni Morrison - you will love this book.
I cannot wait for more by Marlon James.