On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years.Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters-assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts-A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s. Brilliantly inventive and stunningly ambitious, this novel is a revealing modern epic that will secure Marlon James' place among the great literary talents of his generation.
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by Marlon James
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"The seven narrators of this Man Booker Prize-winning novel set the stage for a complicated, lengthy narrative that depicts Jamaica's changing cultural climate from the late 1970s to the 1990s. The vivid, sometimes gruesome, details recounted by various characters such as journalists, drug lords, and a Jamaican caregiver are believably narrated with American and Jamaican accents. Most of the narrators' patois is thick, raw, and rich with texture. One narrator portrays an American who imitates a Caribbean accent, which adds a humorously painful aspect to the story. Yet the undercurrent of unrest in the characters' personal lives is palpable in the performances. Overall, the ensemble of voices enhances an uncomfortable venture into a dangerous world. T.E.C. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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