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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 20 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Headline Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Aug. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EAEYEYA
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Her story is heartbreaking, but the touches of humour and pathos give the book a lighter feel than, for example, The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, or Beloved by Toni Morrison. However, Levy doesn't shy away from portraying the savage brutality of slavery and the ignorance of the white settlers, who treat the slaves as commodities to be bought and sold (and the the case of the women, raped).
This is my fifth Andrea Levy book and I've enjoyed them all. Her first three concentrated on the experiences of young black women growing up in modern Britain, but Small Island and now The Long Song have seen her reaching back into black history and creating some wonderful stories. It would be wrong to pigeon-hole her as a writer who only deals with 'black' issues though, because her themes and characters have relevance and appeal right across the board.
In spite of the brutality, the book highlights the sheer strength and defiance of the slaves. It is based around the story of a woman called July, who was born a slave on Amity plantation and lives through the turbulent years that led to its abolition. By page 95 things start to change but the struggle continues. The book is heartbreaking especially when you read how the light skinned slaves were fortunate enough to work in the house instead of the fields and the prejudice and ignorance amongst them that comes through. Although they were often the product of rapes, they saw their light colour as an advantage. The author also has the amazing ability to intersperse the story with funny events. I found myself howling with laughter to the point of tears as I read it on my way to work.
I salute Andrea Levy. I've read all of her books and all of them have touched me. As someone who is descended from slaves (my parents are Jamaican) it is particularly poignant and touching.Read more ›
The story is stunning. As with all of Andrea Levy's books the sense of a shared humanity runs through the story with the characters seeming very real and a balance of horrendous events and moments of humour. As with all good novels it is extremely hard to leave behind when you finish reading. I loved the fact that the story was written from the point of the view of the main protaganist many years after the events and the interplay between July and her son which link the different sections of the story give the narrative a feel of a retelling of real events rather than a novel. I was left wondering what had happened to July's daughter and would love to read her story! I can't recommend it highly enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although at times funny it is also very moving. It always remains readable but still puts over the evil of slavery, and of a shameful episode in this country's history.Published 6 months ago by Robert
This is a difficult book to write a review about. It raises some slightly disturbing images of slavery in Jamaica. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Debra F
5stars given because I couldn't put this book down. Gripped me from the beginning. Didn't want this read to end.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Overall score: 5.7/10
Choice comments: “The story of slavery in Jamaica was really interesting but I didn’t warm to the main character and didn’t like the storytelling/chat... Read more
Great read very captivating enjoyable all the way to the end, and at the same time very sad to know that we has human beings treat each otherPublished 10 months ago by carl dawson