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The Long Song Free download × 108 E story that is held within these pages As your storyteller I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followedJuly is a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation named Amity and it is her life that is the subject of this tale She was there when the Baptist War raged in 1831 and she was present when slavery was declared no My son says I must convey how the story tells also of July's mama Kitty of the negroes that worked the pl. I came to The Long Song having thoroughly enjoyed Andrea Levy s Small Island My expectations were high and she did not merely match but exceed them Her secret is in finding the right voice for the story and in the female slave July she found someone to conduct us through the years of slavery and so called freedom for the blacks in Jamaica with just the right amount of irreverence to deny her victim status and an instinctive native wit to counterbalance the misery or rather to give it a very individual perspectiveLevy admits in her own notes on writing the novel to the anticipated difficulty of writing about slavery without it turning into a harrowing tale of violence and misery July arose from that anxiety as the answer to it As a narrator she is unreliable one eyed and sometimes mendacious which is paradoxically why we trust her version of events above the orthodox white historian s view She is not overly interested in the historical details though the author has clever devices to give us just as much as we need preferring to let the story unfold for us through her experiences and her relationships She is often self deluded succeeds in fooling us too at times and we love her for itYou might be surprised given the subject matter when I tell you that this is in many ways a highly comic novel July s interpretation of her mistress Caroline s foibles for example is pure Fielding at times as is July s relationship with her own son Thomas who is presented as the publisher of her story and with whom she has a continuing chafing dialogue about her version of events The written down speech of the late educated Jamaican slave is another source of amusement in the same way that Huck Finn makes us smile as he tells his tale Mississippi style Levy writes with the ear just as well as Mark Twain didHowever much we are entertained by July we never lose sight of her courage her tenacity her life affirming spirit and through them we see the ualities that all those who survived and eventually thrived in that harsh period must have had in abundance Levy never fails to get her message through clearly That she can do so without a hint of didactism or of overwrought sentimentality says much about her ability as a writer of our times and of our sometimes inglorious pastReviewer David Williams has a regular writer s blog

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The Long Song Free download × 108 Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Th e Long Song by multi million copy bestselling author Andrea Levy is a hauntingly beautiful heartbreaking and unputdownable novel which will resonate with everyone who went to see the Oscar winning film 12 Years a Slave and fans of Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees 'A marvel of luminous storytelling' Financial Times You do not know me yet My son Thomas who is publishing this book tells me it is customary at this place in a novel to give the reader a little taste of th. 425 starsFollowing on from Small Island this is another historical novel and this time Levy looks at her Jamaican roots charting the last days of slavery on the island It is narrated by July a former slave and starts about 1831 the time of what was known as the Baptist revolt and goes to the end of slavery in the late 1830s July is telling her story in old age whilst she is living with her son Thomas The novel is the story of her early life on a plantation called Amity Although narrated by July it is edited by Thomas and there is a periodic interplay between the two which sometimes gives the story a slightly odd feelJuly describes herself as a mulatto her father was white an overseer and raped her mother She was taken from her mother whilst still young to become the pet and then lady s maid to Caroline Mortimer the vapid and foolish sister of the plantation owner A new overseer Robert Goodwin arrives with good intentions and a Christian upbringing He intends to show that following slavery the plantation can be managed on humane lines The charting of his downfall on several levels is fascinating He ends up being just as cruel as his predecessors The story is weaved around actual historical eventsThe telling of any story of slavery is going to be difficult and will contain horrors and this certainly does However the character of July is irrepressible and injects a strong comic element into the novel There is always a uestion here as to whether July is an entirely reliable narrator This and the humour counterpoised with the background of slavery makes for an unusual feel The humour is Pythonesue at times at the same time reviewers have also described it as a Comedy of Manners There is also a touch of UpstairsDownstairs about it as we see the two worlds slaves and masters running parallel The Jamaican setting gives a rather different feel to the American novels about slavery In Jamaica the white population was very small and relative newcomers This led to relationships on the plantations shifting in different ways with both sides having the ability to harm each other This is a good novel with some well drawn characters especially July it doesn t for me have the power of books like Beloved and there are irritations with the structure Nevertheless it is well worth reading for its particular focus on the women in the story

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The Long Song Free download × 108 Antation land of Caroline Mortimer the white woman who owned the plantation and many persons besides far too many for me to list here But what befalls them all is carefully chronicled upon these pages for you to peruse Perhaps my son suggests I might write that it is a thrilling journey through that time in the company of people who lived it All this he wishes me to pen so the reader can decide if this is a novel they might care to consider Cha I tell my son what fuss fuss Come let them just read it for themselv. I have to start by saying Andrea Levy is one of my favourite authors Her writing is always so beautiful and I wasn t surprised to learn that The Long Song wasa Man Booker finalist in 2010 July is a slave born on a sugar cane plantation in Jamaica and it is July who leads us through life as a slave on the plantation July sure is an interesting character Completely unreliable from the start witty brattish and speaks her mind I couldn t decide if I liked her or not from page to page but she tells an interesting story The dual narrative of the elderly July lightens the load a little so the book gives the historical facts without being too deep Possibly not the best historical fiction novel about slavery but I enjoyed it all the same 4 stars


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    Andrea Levy Ñ 8 Download Review á eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ñ Andrea Levy Read & download The Long Song This was a huge disappointment to me I found the depiction of the black Jamaican slaves positively insulting Their plight and their path toward freedom is a central theme but they need not be presented so degradingly The writing is wordy and convoluted Get to the point I do not want to wade through all these words to get the gist of the storyThe characters they were all very unappealing Not just unappealing downright despicable

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    Free E–pub (The Long Song) Author Andrea Levy I really wanted to like Andrea Levy’s The Long Song The subject matter is interesting—the last years of slavery in Jamaica in the 1820s 30s—and Levy’s outstanding 2004 novel Small Island was one of my favourite British novels of the 2

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    Free E–pub (The Long Song) Author Andrea Levy Andrea Levy Ñ 8 Download The Long Song is one of those fiction books that provides a clearer picture of a particular historical era then any history book In this case the time is the last years of slavery in Jamaica and the story unfolds from the viewpoint of a child born into slavery who lives through the end of slavery Without wishing to give too much of the story away there is one particular scene which was agonizing The child July and her mother are walking tow

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