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

  • Sep 16, 2010
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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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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 unreliable narrator pretends to be telling the story of a woman called July, born as the result of a rape of a field slave, but it soon becomes obvious that the narrator is July herself. Taken as a house slave when she's eight years old, July is later seduced by the pretentiously moralistic English overseer after he marries the plantation's mistress; his clergyman father has assured him that a married man might do as he pleases. Related in July's lilting patois, the narrative encompasses scenes of shocking brutality and mass carnage, but also humor, sometimes verging on farce. Levy's satiric eye registers the venomous racism of the white characters and is equally candid in relating the degrees of social snobbery around skin color among the blacks themselves, July included. Slavery destroys the humanity of everyone is Levy's subtext, while the cliffhanger ending suggests (one hopes) a sequel.(May)
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ISBN-10: 0374192170
ISBN-13: 978-0374192174
Author: Andrea Levy
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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