A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel E–pub/Kindle

Tunning counterfactual fiction evokes both the pungency of Faulkners Southern gothic Yoknapatawpha novels and the wild tabloid noir of James Ellroys White Jazz Marlon James raises fictions ante throughout this bravura novel Pittsburgh Post Gazette Like a capacious th century novel crossed with a paranoid Don DeLillo conspiracy theory thrillerthe book rewards time spent bringing a complex perspective on violence corruption and the untidiness of humanity to vivid life and astonishing detail It makes you want to rush out and read everything else James has written The Philadelphia Inuirer A gripping tale in which music drugs sex #and violence collide with explosive results BustleAn exuberant Balzacian novel by self described #violence collide with explosive results BustleAn exuberant Balzacian novel by self described post colonialist writer who is at ease with several canons traditions and dialects Youll also find a political novel on the level of Don DeLillo Its the rare revelation that will easily outlive its hype cycleFlavorwire A dazzling fictional representation of Jamaica GUK A Brief History of Seven Killings is an amazing novel of power corruption and lies I can t think of a better one I ve read this century Irvine Welsh author of Trainspotting There s a crowd of brilliant young Americo Caribbean writers coming to the table these days and Marlon James is not just among the best of them he s among the best of all the young writers period He nows whereof he speaks and he speaks with power and clarity This novel cracks open a world that needs to be nown It has epic reach and achieves it It s scary and lyrically beautiful you ll want to read whole pages aloud to strangers Russell Banks A Brief History of Seven Killings is a masterpiece Hinged around the assassination attempt on Bob Marley in Kingston this massive poetic novel is a gripping riveting read Intuitively original deeply erudite and intelligent told from multiple points of view it unravels the lethal world of mid s Jamaican politics and its decades long conseuences in the lethal world of mid s Jamaican politics and its decades long conseuences in the yardie world of crack dealing Magnificent Chris Salewicz author of Bob Marley The Untold Story Upon finishing the reader will have completed an indispensable and essential history of Jamaicas troubled years This novel should be reuired reading Publishers Weekly starred review Stunning A brilliant novel highly recommended one of those big rich magisterial works that lets us into a world we really dont now Library Journal starred review James is masterful at inhabiting a variety of voices and dialects and he writes unflinchingly about the violence drug fueled and coldblooded that runs through Jamaicas ghettosJames fiction thus far is forming a remarkable portrait of Jamaica in the th and th centuries Kirkus Revie. A Brief History of Seven Killings: A NovelAnBest Book of the Month October This is a book that I did not expect to enjoy Having finished itand feeling as I do now that to enjoy Having finished itand feeling as I do now that Brief History of Seven Killings is one of the best books Ive read all yearI went back and identified the reasons why I did not expect to like it Reason The story is an oral history told in multiple voices thats true but James enormous talent makes the multiple voices work Reading the novel is an immersive experiencethe characters are real they are engaging and James uses them to look at all sides of the story Yes the multiple points of view are difficult at first but each voice uickly distinguishes itself as uniue and important the payoff is a novel of sweeping scope and emotion Reason Many of the characters speak in Jamaican patois like many readers Im not a big fan of dialect on the page Tell me what they say not necessarily how they say it But James pulls it off with remarkable ease I expected the patois to start to grate once I got further into the book It never did The language only added to my understanding of the story and its characters Reason Violence this is not an easy book particularly when it comes to violence It starts early and theres a lot of it certainlythan seven illings But its there for a reason By showing the violence the poverty and the struggle to survive in s Jamaica James illustrates how the ghetto can change a person Over time we see how every man and woman is changed Reason Its about Jamaica I hesitate to admit that I wasnt initially interested in a book set in Jamaica Am I just not interested in a world so different from mine Whatever the underlying reason I was wrong to think that way I could take the easy route and say that this novel is about somethingthan Jamaica but that seems obvious All I can say is these people were real to me And like all great novels James work drew me in entertained me and changed me in ways I could not have anticipated Chris SchluepHow To Describe Marlon Jamess Monumental New Novel A Brief to describe Marlon Jamess monumental new novel A Brief of Seven Killings Its like a Tarantino remake of The Harder They Comebut with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja Its epic in every sense of that word sweeping mythic over the top colossal and dizzyingly complex Its also raw dense violent scalding darkly comic exhilarating and exhaustinga testament to Mr Jamess vaulting ambition and prodigious talentMichiko Kakutani The New York Times A tour de force an audacious demanding inventive literary work Wall Street Journal Thrilling ambitiousBoth intense and epic Los Angeles Times Nothing short of awe inspiring Entertainment Weekly Aprismatic ,


Tory of gang violence and Cold War politics in a turbulent post independence Jamaica The New Yorker Exploding with violence and seething with arousal Jamaica The New Yorker Exploding with violence and seething with arousal third novel by Marlon James cuts a swath across recent Jamaican historyThis compelling not so brief history brings off a social portrait worthy of Diego Rivera antic and engag a fascinating tangle of the naked and the dead The Washington PostMarlon James is a virtuoso the novel is an epic of postcolonial fallout in Jamaica and elsewhere and Americas participation in that history the book is not only persuasive but tragic though in its polyphony and scope itsthan thatIt makes its own ind of music not like Marleys but like the tumult he couldnt stop New York Times Book Review Brilliantly executed The novel makes no compromises but is cruelly and consummately a work of art The Minneapolis Star TribuneAn excellent new work of historical fiction part crime thriller part oral history part stream of consciousness monologue Rolling Stone An impressive feat of storytelling raw uncompromising panoramic yet meticulously detailed The Jamaica portrayed here is one many people have heard songs about but have never seen rendered in such arresting specificityand if they have only briefly Chicago Tribune James has written a dangerous book one full of lore and whispers and history a great book James nibbles at theories of who did what and why and scripts Marleys uest for revenge with the pace of a thriller His achievement however goes far beyond opening up this terrible moment in the life of a great musician He gives us the streets the people especially the desperate the Jamaicans whom Marley exhorted to Open your eyes and look within Are you satisfied with the life your living The Boston GlobeI highly Recommend You Pick A Brief you pick A Brief of Seven Killings up As a book of many narrators this novel reminds me of Roberto Bolano s The Savage Detectives NPR All Things Considered A strange and wonderful novelMr Jamess chronicle of late th century Jamaican politics and gang wars manages consistently to shock and mesmerise at the same time The Economist A sweeping novel that touches on family friendship celebrity art sexuality ghetto politics geopolitics drug trade gender race and sending the reader from Jamaica to New York via Miami and Cuba and back Newsweek Rendered with virtuosic precision and deep empathy Time The way James uses language is amazingVigorous intricate and captivating A Brief History of Seven Killingsis hard to put down EbonyJamess masterful novel radiates its a character driven tale that takes place in a maelstrom of guns drugs and politics Playboy Technically astounding a wildly ambitious and brilliant bookthis