Saturday, 30 July 2011
The Long Song by Andrea Levy
Unfortunately, this is one of those books that I wanted to love but just couldn't. I can't think of anything I disliked about it but it just didn't click with me - maybe the curse of high expectations? I liked the format of July setting her story down for posterity (with the interference of her publisher son), and I especially liked the way it was written with Jamaican inflection; I could almost hear July in my head.
I think part of the problem was that I couldn't connect with any of the characters. Levy clearly showed how awful slavery was and it's impact on everyone, and I liked how she explained how the big events affected individuals but I just didn't care about the individuals. So I had a feeling of detachment as I read the book and didn't feel a strong urge to pick it up once I had put it down.
Verdict: An interesting idea, but I'd recommend Small Island over this one.
Source: Owned, paperback
Score: 3 out of 5