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by Andrea Levy

eBook Small Island epub
  • ISBN: 0755307518
  • Author: Andrea Levy
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Headline Books; Later Printing edition (2004)
  • ePUB size: 1883 kb
  • FB2 size 1566 kb
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Small Island is an astonishing tour de force by Andrea Levy. Juggling four voices, she illuminates a little known aspect of recent British history with wit and wisdom.

Small Island is an astonishing tour de force by Andrea Levy. What makes Levy’s writing so appealing is her even-handedness. All her characters can be weak, hopeless, brave, good, bad – whatever their colour. The writing is rigorous and the bittersweet ending, with its unexpected twist, touching.

Small Island is a 2004 prize-winning novel by British author Andrea Levy, her fourth novel.

Every chapter of Small Island has the name of its narrator at its head John Mullan is professor of English at University College London

Every chapter of Small Island has the name of its narrator at its head. In voices that Levy tries carefully to distinguish, each explains him- or herself. Whereas the "1948" sections contain several voices, each section headed "Before" belongs to just one narrator. Each demands that we attend just to his or her version of events. John Mullan is professor of English at University College London. Join him and Andrea Levy for a discussion on Monday 24 January at 7pm, Hall One, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. Tickets: £. 0 online at kingsplace. uk or £1. 0 from the box office: 020.

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I was astounded when, closing the door behind her, she said, ‘What? What are you talking about? I’m ready. For this dismal garment, which I had taken to be her dressing gown, was her good outside coat

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Andrea Levy's Small Island is a story of post-war Caribbean migration, narrated from four different perspectives. Andrea Levy’s Small Island tells the story of post-war Caribbean migration through four narrators – Hortense and Gilbert, who migrate from Jamaica to London in 1948, and an English couple, Queenie and Bernard, in whose house in London they find lodgings.

Set largely in England during and soon after WWII, Andrea Levy's award-winning debut novel Small Island is about four different people at a time of profound social upheaval: Queenie, the spoiled blonde daughter of a British butcher; her husband Bernard, the repressed working-class. Membership Advantages. Beyond the Book" backstories. Find books by time period, setting & theme.

Andrea Levy's beautifully wrought novel is a window into 1948 England. Andrea’s other books include the Man Booker Prize finalist The Long Song, also adapted by the BBC for television, and Fruit of the Lemon, among others. A bristling, funny, angry tale of love and sacrifice. Entertainment Weekly. Levy tells a good story, and she tells it well-using narrative voices across time and space as she revisits the conventions of the historical novel and imagines the hopes and pains of the immigrant's saga anew.

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Comments: (7)
I absolutely LOVED this book. Skillfully written with well-developed characters. This was the first time I'd ever read a book dealing with the subject of Jamaicans immigrating to England after WWII. It was an entirely unknown subject to me. The author made the subject come alive by showing the struggles from each of the four main characters' point of view as well as balancing their struggles with humor and heart.
Small Island is a wonderful book. I first began to read it in a bookshop, couldn't put it down, but couldn't afford it at the time. I then read it from the beginning again in a Library copy, and finally bought it online and encouraged my wife to read it, which she did, and also thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are rich and vividly drawn; the intricate plot, with its rewinding of the same episodes from different perspectives is well done, and Levy has a delightful wit and humour. She presents black and white characters with all the foibles, without making one or other race superior to the other. And she creates various worlds - London after the War and during the War (the story weaves back and forth a good deal); the Caribbean, and Europe - without missing a beat. The details in this book are rich too, forever adding colour to the overall story. Highly recommended.
Small Island is set in London in 1948. It focuses on the Jamaicans who leave their own "small island" to move to England, the Mother Country, for which the men have fought during World War II. Their reception is not the warm embrace they expected, nor are the opportunities for success as plentiful as they have dreamed. Each chapter is told from the point of view of one of four characters: Britishers Queenie and her husband Bernard, and Jamaicans Gilbert and his wife Hortense. The author has a fine ear for the dialogue of both the Britishers and Jamaicans and brings a light, though real, touch to the issue of racial prejudice.
Small Island is on my Lit class book list. I loved this book and loved how Levy is able to present the point of view of the character without judgment. The reader is able to experience the characters struggle and understand their value system even when the view is contradictory to your own.

Levy breaks down the complex issues of race, racism and combines stratification of class, sex and race. We examine belonging and identity very moving at times. I felt sympathy for all the characters, but some more than others.

All multi-cultural schools should have this book available for their students.

I will be picking the essay questions around assessment time for this book.
Well-written account of life in London during and just after WWII, with a clear view lof social and class relations, racial prejudice, and the struggle of black immigrants to find their place in a very class- and race-conscious society. It also shows up the viciousness of American attitudes to race through the account of encounters with GIs in England during the war. The characterization is excellent, and the author has captured the speech cadences of the various individuals with a musical ear. I enjoyed this book very much!
Easy read and I loved the way it was written. Serious subject but presented in a very comical way. History that I wasn't familiar with during WW11.
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I absolutely loved this book. Levy is so talented in her character description. I loved every page of this book!
I loved this book! It is so dense and so unbelievably full of human folly that I cannot recommend it highly enough. Andrea Levy obviously did much historical research concerning the Jamaicans that came to England in the 40's to fight in the war. Not only are there prejudices and atrocities, but also sincere endearment concerning the flawed humanity of ALL of the characters.

Another thing that makes this book absolutely fantastic is that it is told by four different narrators, therefore, the perspectives are constantly changing and making the reader feel something new from chapter to chapter.

Levy's writing is realistic and vividly descriptive. Events within the novel are both wildly humorous and impossibly sad. In other words, I think she's done a phenomenal job of making sure her characters are not two dimensional. They are real, and because of that, one is able to deeply care for (and sometimes hate) them, which is what a true fictional experience is about. I believe Levy is a true master of her craft and I would read further works without reservation. This is a truly rich and rewarding read. Enjoy!
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