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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Andrea Levy - The Long Song

reviewed by Sue Major live on bookshow on 2nd May 2013

This is Andrea Levy's fifth novel. She is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants who arrived in 1948 , though she was born in Britain,  and  she writes entertaining novels that reflect the experiences of black Britons .She also skilfully explores the ties that bind British history with that of Jamaica.
In this book , set in Jamaica during the last years of slavery, she tells of the lives of slaves  , in particular one female slave July, and their British  plantation owners 

The blurb reads....
            “ You do not know me yet but I am the narrator of this work. My son Thomas who is printing this book tells me it is customary at this place in a novel to give the reader a little taste of the story within these pages. As your storyteller , I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followed”

It's an immensely readable , well-researched book. At times it's funny, sometimes unpleasant,  often appalling as it paints a picture of life in Jamaica in the nineteenth century.

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