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The Long Song: A Novel

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A book by Andrea Levy

A distinctive narrative voice and a beguiling plot distinguish Levy's fifth novel (after Orange Prize–winningSmall Island). A British writer of Jamaican descent, Levy draws upon history to recall the island's slave rebellion of 1832. The … see full wiki

Author: Andrea Levy
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
1 review about The Long Song: A Novel

A LITTLE SLOW FOR ME..................

  • Sep 16, 2010
Set on the island of Jamaica in the 1800s, Levy tells the tale of Miss July, a house slave born from the rape of her mother, who worked in the fields, and the plantation's overseer. When July as a young child catches the eye of the mistress of the manner, she is taken from her mother to work in the house--as a personal slave to the plantation's mistress. Narrated by an July herself, the story is a harrowing portrayal of life upon the Jamaican plantation of Amity, and the slaves therein. Character development was suprisingly surface, at best, and readers will find that none are very likeable--including July herself. Penned by July at the request of her son, the movement between the present day and the past I found interesting; but the interjection of the interaction between July and her son I found uninteresting and somewhat disruptive to the flow of the story.

An interesting story with an ending that hints of a sequel.


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