4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A collage, at times beautiful, at times confusing,
This review is from: The Last Warner Woman (Paperback)
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The warner woman of the title is a woman who does just that; she warns. She senses danger and warns people based on these premonitions. These she believes to be God given warnings, and are inspired by the revivalist church she attends in her native Jamaica. However, when she comes to England to a marriage arranged by her church, she finds the English mode of worship strange, whilst they find her worship and warnings to be a sign of madness.
This biographical tale is told in rambling style that is not always chronological, is told via different persons, and is certainly not always literal. This other worldly, impressionistic style is entirely appropriate to the subject matter and the mode of thought of the main protagonist and there are times when the prose is quite simply beautiful. Perhaps it is my failing as much as the author's, but I must admit that at times I was quite confused and found the story difficult to follow; whilst in general liking the style I felt I needed a little more help understanding things than I was given. In view of this I have awarded just 3 stars but it could easily have been 4. To look at this another way there are some 3 star books I would advise people against bothering reading; OK but not interesting or original. On the other hand I would encourage people to try this novel as it is interesting, stylish and original. However I would be recommending it not with confidence that it would be enjoyed or liked, only that it may interest and provoke discussion.
In some ways in this situation the acid test is whether I would want to read further works by the same author; yes, I would.