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Pao Paperback – 6 Jun 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (6 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140881207X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408812075
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,175,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Impressive ... Told in a kind of Chinese-Jamaican patois, the first person narrative is captivating ... With grace, authenticity and humour, Young lets Jamaica's political history shine through the life story of her charming yet fallible hero. Brilliant (Daily Mail)

Kerry Young's energetic debut novel is a pacy but absorbing saga of domestic struggle and gangland manoeuvring set against the violent backdrop of postwar Jamaican politics ... Murder, corruption, blackmail, kidnap and incest drive the narrative ... Foregrounding Pao's personal travails against Jamaica's complex and deep-seated conflicts gives panoramic depth to the punchy tale of pungent characters and impassioned entanglements (Independent on Sunday)

Lovingly recreates the Jamaican Chinese world of [Young's] childhood, with its betting parlours, laundries, fortune telling shops, supermarkets and (business being a hard game in Jamaica) gang warfare ... In pages of patois-inflected prose, Pao celebrates the islands vibrant ethnic mix ... Confirms Young as a gifted new writer. Her novel is a blindingly good read in parts, both for its mesmeric story-telling and the quality of its prose (Observer)

A vivid portrayal of the complexities of Jamaica's violent underworld ... Kerry Young's heartfelt, sparky and affecting debut novel is a chronicle of multicultural Jamaica, both in its cultural richness and in its strife and tensions (Guardian)

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A richly imagined, wholly engrossing and utterly captivating novel that tells the remarkable history of twentieth century Jamaica as seen through the eyes of Pao, a Chinese-Jamaican racketeer

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