The Long Song

The Long Song

Book - 2010
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The child of a field slave on the Amity sugar plantation in Jamaica, July lives with her mother until a recently transplanted English widow decides to move her into the great house and rename her. She remains bound to the plantation despite her "freedom." The arrival of a young English overseen dramatically changes life in the great house.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374192174
Branch Call Number: FICTION Levy
Characteristics: 313 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Long song : a novel


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Sep 18, 2018

A marvelous book by an author whose command of multiple languages enables each voice to ring true. Highly recommend this and any book by her.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 10, 2014

In rich, musical prose Levy tells the story of the quick-witted and courageous July, a mulatto house slave living in 19th century Jamaica before and after the abolition of slavery. Though she has written an entertaining farce, this gifted author takes this turbulent history very seriously and never trivializes the cruelty slavery and its legacy imposed on individuals.

Feb 06, 2014

A wonderful portrait of Jamaca at the end of slavery and the life of slaves at that time. Well worth my time to read it.

Jan 14, 2014

Enjoyed this one - a sharp reminder of the brutality and injustices of slavery, engagingly written.

Jul 29, 2012

A book about slavery. The forward and afterward seemed a little artificial but otherwise a good book.

Jul 27, 2012

I really liked this book. The voice of the storyteller drew me in and i wanted more.

Jun 30, 2011

I enjoyed this story, which is surprising,as I find it difficult to read about cruelty. The Authors choice of Narrator (JULY) is a good one.The interruptions made by July thru out the story to make a comment or to just speak to the reader helped me to continue turning the pages.

May 26, 2011

Like Levy's award-winning book ?Small Island' Jamaica is the setting of this new book. July's son Thomas wants her to write a memoir of her life in the 1840s as slavery was abolished in England and her colonies.

July is a wonderful character, a survivor in a world where cunning and deceit were required to navigate a very uncertain existence. Stylistically Levy's book is a triumph of storytelling and memoir making, taking lives about which very little is known and bringing it to life. No wonder this book was nominated for the Man Booker prize this year. It fulfills on many levels.

Jan 14, 2011

Interesting format - son editing Mothers writing.
set in slave emancipation era

debwalker Dec 08, 2010

A Jamaican’s enslavement.

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