The narrators voice just pulled me in from the first chapter. I loved this story finished it in less than a week. I listen in my car at work at home. The story is just written well. *applause*
This book was so well written and the Narrator was truly an artist. She really made the story come to life and made it clear who was speaking when.
This is a thoroughly thought provoking book that is also haunting and delivered in a unique voice. The narrator is a young Jamaican slave coming of age.
I was 11 when I read Gone With the Wind, a romanticized and sanitized version of life among slave holders and slaves. Marlon James depicts a world infinitely more complex, conflicted, violent and authentic than Margaret Mitchell ever imagined.
This is a powerful book, the kind that may change ones view of the world and ones place within it.
Yes, it's one of those books you need to read more than once to fully absorb
The emphasis and detail given to the savagery of slavery really stuck out to me. Often times the brutality and barbaric nature of slave life is played down; I appreciate the rawness
I like Miles' portrayal of Quinn the best, I enjoyed the Irish accent
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As a Jamaican, I was a little off put by Miles' accent, but I understand that someone speaking Patois as a native would be difficult for most people to understand. Also, as an Africana Studies double major I though I knew damn near everything about slavery and the slave trade, but I am pleased to say I learned a great deal about slavery in Jamaica
narrator is awesome. the story gives a voice to a part of history that is difficult, yet essential for us to witness. the narration and the great writing makes it possible to do so.
This was great! As a Jamaican, I could relate to a lot of the terms and the history. Most narrators of books about the Caribbean tend to butcher the dialects and distract from the content but not Robin Miles, she really delivered. Excellent prose. I will be "reading" more Marlon James!!
Kris in Cali
This ranks up at the top - It grabbed me and held on - WOW!! I felt sorrow, empathy, terror and understanding of Lilith's confusion and rage.
Lilith's tender moments with Robert Quinn where she struggled to hate him for having her whipped but could not.
Homer was an amazing central character with strength beyond anything one can imagine.
The book made me feel the horror at how the slaves were treated. It made me so sad that man can be so callus and evil. What an awful fate to have endured.
The writer is amazing!! The narrator makes his words come alive and brings one to 1800's Jamaica. This is well outside my normal genre and I am so glad I took this journey!