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A Brief History of Seven Killings (Prebound)
“This book is based on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in
1976, who is known in the book as ‘The Singer.’ I found this story to be
quite relevant to what’s happening in Mexico: politics in upheaval,
corrupt police, the American CIA are involved. In this world, Jamaican
citizens aren’t allowed to rise above their station. A fascinating read,
though potentially difficult because it is written in dialect.”
"I read it in a single day–I had to immerse myself in the language and the story. There are twelve different narrators, for one, and most of the book is written in Jamaican patois, for two. I spent some serious time with furrowed brow, trying to make head and tails of the narrative, but what I took away from James’ novel is that it absolutely deserves the praise and awards. There are some details so subtle it took me rereading the paragraph several times to get them, or flipping back and forth over hundreds of pages to make sure I had followed the moment correctly. There are references and phrases that linger like the ghosts who themselves linger in the pages. It is a remarkable, remarkable novel. I don’t know that I can say I enjoyed it–how can one really enjoy such a book?–but reading it was immensely valuable to me.”— Jan
About the Author
Marlon Jameswas born in Jamaica in 1970. His most recent novel, "A Brief History of Seven Killings, "won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award. It was also a New York Times Notable Book." "James is also the author of "The Book of Night Women," which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, "John Crow s Devil," was a finalist for the"Los Angeles Times"Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was a"New York Times"Editors Choice. James lives in Minneapolis."