- Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: One World Publications (17 September 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780746350
- ISBN-13: 978-1780746357
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Brief History of Seven Killings Paperback – 17 Sep 2015
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'Epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex.' - New York Times
'Showcases the extraordinary capabilities of a writer whose importance can scarcely be questioned.' - Independent
'A vivid plunge into a crazed, violent and corrupt world... executed with swaggering aplomb' - Irvine Welsh
'Resembles James Ellroy's LA Quartet in its blistering violence, multiple voices and view of history From the Gutter to the Star' - The Daily Telegraph
'Critics rave about James' mastery of both oral history storytelling and patois dialect, and his ability to craft and juggle perspectives that often contradict and obscure the truth. With comparisons to the works of David Foster Wallace and Quentin Tarantino, James has garnered the highest of contemporary praise.' - Wired 10 Best Books of 2014
'This tense and violent, but very compelling, novel is a big book in more ways than one.' - The Herald
'A brilliant novel' - Library Journal 'Scary and lyrically beautiful - you'll want to read whole pages aloud to strangers.' - Russell Banks
'Not only persuasive, but tragic, though in its polyphony and scope it's more than that ... the book's increasing sense of absurdity, its pop culture references, its compulsive ventriloquism and its range of tones - comic, surreal, nightmarish, parodic - began to remind me uncannily of David Foster Wallace's all-or-nothing Infinite Jest.' - New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Marlon James is a Jamaican novelist. He has published three novels: The Book of Night Women, John Crow's Devil and A Brief History of Seven Killings.
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Winner of the 2015 Man Booker prize in Fiction. From the acclaimed author of 'The Book of Night Women' comes a masterfully written novel that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s.
Because make no mistake about it: Marlon James has infused sheer genius into this masterwork. Throughout these pages, he is, simultaneously, a lyricist, a historian, a dialect master, a craftsman, and a ventriloquist. In a series of first-person narrations, he channels gang members, informers, drug dealers, CIA agents, a Rolling Stone reporter and even a particularly insightful ghost. Lurking on the periphery is also a fine portrayal and analysis-of-sorts of the Singer, an obvious nod to Bob Marley and the assassination attempt against his life at the end of 1976.
Two questions beg answering: “Are there really seven killings?” And “If this is a brief history, why does it take nearly 700 pages to get to the end.” The answers: there are far more than seven killings and the readers will gain clarity about the title eventually. As far as the length, Marlon James seems in no hurry to get to his final destination. His goal is sweeping: to portray the turbulent, often violent history of Jamaica and to highlight that one shining moment when peace might have been possible. (“Dangerous thing, peace. Peace make you stupid. You forget that not everybody sign peace treaty. Good times bad for somebody.”)
The conflict, centered upon the animosity between the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People’s National Party (PNP) provides a glimpse of a Jamaica that tourists don’t see…along with CIA paranoia about the advent of communism (and other “isms”). One of his finest character creations is Nina – who had a one-night stand with the Singer – and who consistently reinvents herself four times in the novel, displaying the impossibility of fully escaping the violence of the past.
A Brief History is both sprawling and demanding. Marlon James helpfully provides the reader with a list of characters at the start, and I often had to refer to it. There are times when the complex political situation and drug culture – which weaves its way into the boroughs of New York City – can seem confusing. Yet Mr. James voice(s) are so assured and the writing is often so elegiac that I could easily forgive its excesses. Some of his stream-of-consciousness passages literally took my breath away. I have no doubt that this will be on my personal Top Ten of 2014 list. In fact, it has a secure place on my “Best Books of This Century” list as well.
In Jamaica you turn "was" from "is" in just Papapap way. The language; Papapap or Ratatat is learnt while reading about characters who all narrate the story one after the other, and they narrate it successfully according to their character(language) and background(profession). It is an intelligently written; partly historical, conspiracy-theory, crime thriller. The story revolves around Bob Marley in a playful way "what no go so, go near so" i.e: this made-up story might be true or certainly truer than any straight history.
The first two parts are brilliant and engaging, it gets little predictable at the 3rd part/end, that's when i realized the book is 600+ pages.
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P.S--You learn most interesting Jamaican words; BomboCloth and RassCloth.