The Long Song: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010
by Andrea Levy
Editor: Headline Publishing Group
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Selected for the Man Booker Prize, Le Long de la Chanson by multi-millionaires-to copy a best-selling author Andrea Levy is bewitching, heart-wrenching and unstoppable novel that will please everyone who went to see the winner of an Oscar for a 12 Years Slave film and fans of Sue Monk Kidd is The Secret of Bees’ Life.”A wonder of light-hearted tales Financial TimesYou don’t know me yetMy son Thomas, who is the publication of this book, tells me, it is customary in this place in a novel to give the reader a foretaste of the history that is held inside these pagesYour storyteller, I am to transmit that this tale is set in Jamaica, in the last years of turbulence of slavery and the beginning of the years of freedom that followed.July is a daughter of the slave who lives on a sugar cane plantation called Friendship and it is her life that is the subject of this tale.It was there when the Baptist, the War raged in 1831, and it was there when slavery was declared without further ado.My son tells me that I have to pass on how the story also tells the story of July mama Kitty, negroes who worked on the plantation of the land, Caroline Mortimer, the white woman who owned the plantation and many more people from elsewhere, far too many to list here.But what comes down on them everything is carefully written a chronicle on these pages for you to browse through.Perhaps, as my son points out, I could write that it is an exciting journey through this moment in the company of people who have lived it.Anything he wants from me for pencil so that the reader can decide if it’s a novel that they could care to take into accountCha, I’m telling my son what a hassle it is.Come on, just let them read for themselves
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