12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Strong use of narrative and realistically written,
By A Customer
This review is from: Waiting in the Twilight (Paperback)
This book has raised issues in my mind that i'd never really thought of before. Adella is a struggling black woman, trying to gain a good life for herself. The novel takes us from Jamaica to England and is a bleak story with no hope or possibilities for a way out. The strong use of narration challenges the reader to think and act upon the story that is told. The novel takes us through all the pain and misery Adella is subjected to in her life; firstly through her pregnancy in Jamaica as an unmarried girl, which results in her family's and her society's rejection of her, to the racism and discrimination she is confronted with on her arrival in England. The novel acts as a conversation she is having within herself. She never tells anyone her true feelings. This highlights the idea of black women having a voice but being silenced, which began in this country five decades ago. Riley's novel seems to be addressing white women to engage them in her story. Riley makes Adella's experience public and comments on the idea of a "womanhood" rather than a "feminism". Ultimately, this novel is one of repression. As a woman Adella is repressed through her body as well as her origin and the realist conventions that Riley uses make a powerful effect on the reader.