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S playful ndertone The book s strength doesn t rest solely on the narrator s skill she wavers between reliable and nreliable narrator but on the diversity of characters she wavers reliable and nreliable narrator but on the diversity of the characters about Amity the sugarcane farm Amagami Precious diary, upon which this dark tale is based seems a simple run of the mill kind of setp and it s owners and slaves seem simple enough folk but their story carries a lot of depth especially right around the time when slavery is abolished and the slaves become free men and women The story focuses on a slave girl named July or Miss July or Marguerite who happens to be the book s narrator and how she came to be born snatched from her mother and granted as a handmaid to Caroline the sister to the Massa of the farm Her story is both comic and tragic full of love hate betrayal and loss of faith What s surprising about it all is how everything that happens to her just seems to always catch you off guard and never leaves you bored such is the great writing prowess of Andrea Levy that s what makes this book such a great book Levy s previous novel Small Island is rightly regarded as a masterpiece and with The Long Song she has returned to the level of storytelling that earned her the Orange Prize in 2004 Her heroine narrates the beginning of the end of slavery in Jamaica coming to a climax with the 1831 Baptist War when enslaved men and women fought their enslavers for 10 days It s clear that Levy has done her research but this work never intrudes JAPAN 1/1M3. upon the narrative which travels at a jaunty pace Levy s sly humor swims justnder the surface of the most treacherous waters For example a shocking suicide is preceded by a delightful farce Her refusal to reduce her characters to merely their suffering does not trivialize the experience of enslavement but nderscores the humanity of all involved 425 starsFollowing on from Small Island this is another historical novel and this time Levy looks at her Jamaican roots charting the last days of slavery on the island It is narrated by
July a former slave and starts about 1831 the time of a former slave and starts about 1831 the time of was known as the Baptist. E story that is held 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 followedJuly is a slave girl who lives pon a sugar plantation named Amity and it is her life that is the subject of this tale She was there when the Baptist War raged in 1831 and she was present when slavery was declared no My son says I must convey how the story tells also of July's mama Kitty of the negroes that worked the pl. With a keen interest in the writing of Caribbean women and the female Perspective Of Slavery I of slavery I been meaning to read Andrea Levy for a long time Given my personal interests her fifth novel The Long Song seemed like a good place to start Yet despite being an engaging well crafted read in the end I was somehow left wanting Our somewhat The Trial of Lizzie Borden unreliable narrator Miss July herself a 19th century Jamaican slave now free to tell her story with the editorial assistance of her once estranged son Thomas asks in the closing of her narrative Must I show you the trouble that those free negroes had to endure and my overwhelming response was Yes Don t get me wrong in the earlier parts of the narrative there are scenes of convincing cruelty and brutality and whilst I didn t want Levy to linger on these it is the story of Miss July s journey to freedom after all I found the story as a whole a little too light hearted and it didn t move me in the way I d hoped On the flipside though I adore the fictional Miss July for her beautifully buoyant voice andnapologetic patois and for telling and writing her long song as her own and not succumbing to readers like me who may have #wanted her to tell it slightly differently Levy allows her to write her own herstory and # her to tell it slightly differently Levy allows her to write her own herstory and herself into history slightly differently Levy allows her to write her own herstory and therefore herself into history have to start by saying Andrea Levy is one of my favourite authors Her writing is always so beautiful and I wasn t surprised to learn that The Long Song wasa Man Booker finalist in 2010 July is a slave born on a sugar cane plantation in Jamaica and it is July who leads SpecOps: Expeditionary Force, Book 2 us through life as a slave on the plantation July sure is an interesting character Completelynreliable from the start witty brattish and speaks her mind I couldn t decide if I liked her or not from page to page but she tells an interesting story The dual narrative of the elderly July lightens the load a little so the book gives the historical facts without being too deep Possibly not the best historical fiction novel about slavery but I enjoyed it all the same 4 stars This is so deep so sad so harrowing despite it. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Th e Long Song by multi million copy bestselling author Andrea Levy is a hauntingly beautiful heartbreaking and nputdownable novel which will resonate with everyone who went to see the Oscar winning film 12 Years a Slave and fans of Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees 'A marvel of luminous storytelling' Financial Times You do not know me yet My son Thomas who is publishing this book tells me it is customary at this place in a novel to give the reader a little taste of th.
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Complex Analysis up being just as cruel as his predecessors The story is weaved around actual historical eventsThe telling of any story of slavery is going to be difficult and will contain horrors and this certainly does However the character of July is irrepressible and injects a strong comic element into the novel There is always aestion here as to whether July is an entirely reliable narrator This and the humour counterpoised with the background of slavery makes for an How to Be an Even Better Listener unusual feel The humour is Pythonesue at times at the same time reviewers have also described it as a Comedy of Manners There is also a touch of UpstairsDownstairs about it as we see the two worlds slaves and masters running parallel The Jamaican setting gives a rather different feel to the American novels about slavery In Jamaica the white population was very small and relative newcomers This led to relationships on the plantations shifting in different ways with both sides having the ability to harm each other This is a good novel with some well drawn characters especially July it doesn t for me have the power of books like Beloved and there are irritations with the structure Nevertheless it is well worth reading for its particular focus on the women in the stor. Antation land of Caroline Mortimer the white woman who owned the plantation and many persons besides far too many for me to list here But what befalls them all is carefully chronicledpon these pages for you to peruse Perhaps my son suggests I might write that it is a thrilling journey through that time in the company of people who lived it All this he wishes me to pen so the reader can decide if this is a novel they might care to consider Cha I tell my son what fuss fuss Come let them just read it for themselv.