Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Marlon James: The Book of Night Women

I first heard about this book on goodreads and checked it out from the public library (I'm so glad I did)!

The Book of Night WomenThe Book of Night Women by Marlon James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. I stayed up all night to finish this book - I couldn't put it down. I will definitely check out more of Mr. James' work.

This story is told in an impressive voice that immediately puts you in a time and place with very little detail needed to get there: Jamaica, turn of the 19th century. The narrative can be a bit tricky at times (try reading out loud if you stumble over the dialect).

Mr. James doesn't spare us from gory details. He's in your face so be forewarned - he utilizes language to maximize the shock potential of this horrific period in history. Not only do we see what happens when people are enslaved over skin color, we also see what happens to women who are viewed as possessions and how any man -regardless of skin color- can abuse women who have no formal legal rights.

This is a powerful read that stays with you long after you finish the book.

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