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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Dana Y Bowles (danayb)
Sep 28, 2010
Oct 16, 2010 02:42 PM UTC
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