A Brief History of Seven Killings: Marlon James


The Booker Award winner of 2015, ‘A brief History of Seven Killings’, at 687 pages, is anything but brief.  It is an intense account of Jamaican ghettos, drug lords and politics there including America’s meddling at the height of the communist era.  It is a bit difficult to follow – particularly in the beginning – but then so many of the greatest books didn’t make any sense in the first thirty pages (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Midnight’s Children) but where this one goes wrong  is being obscure in the middle, where there are parts where you don’t really know what’s going on.  However, on the whole, it is an engrossing book and captures Jamaica really well.

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