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'THE LONG SONG is is told with irresistible cunning; it is captivating, mischievious and optimistic, generating new stories and plot lines throughout the tale' (Daily Telegraph)

'Bittersweet and mischievous, Levy's keenly awaited new novel is worth the wait for all fans of her SMALL ISLAND' (Daily Mail)

'Slavery is a grim subject indeed, but the wonder of Levy's writing is that she can confront such things and somehow derive deeply life-affirming entertainment from them... Levy's aim, she says, was to write a book that instilled pride in anyone with slave ancestors and THE LONG SONG, though "its load may prove to be unsettling", is surely that book' (Sunday Telegraph)

'This is a terrific book: beautifully written and imagined, and full of surprises' (A. N. Wilson, Reader's Digest)

'As well as being beautifully written THE LONG SONG is a thoroughly researched historical novel that is both powerful and heartbreaking' (Daily Express)

'Thoroughly captivating' (Guardian)

'A novel such as SMALL ISLAND is a hard act to follow, but in her new book Levy has moved into top gear... She dares to write about her subject in an entertaining way without ever trivialising it and THE LONG SONG reads with the sort of ebullient effortlessness that can only be won by hard work' (Observer)

Beautifully written, intricately plotted, humorous and earthy... Those who enjoyed SMALL ISLAND will love THE LONG SONG, not just for the insights on the "wretched island", but as a marvel of luminous storytelling' (Financial Times)

'Levy brings her distinctive lightness of touch to what is otherwise unrelentingly bleak subject matter... This is a beautifully written and cleverly constructed novel that projects convincing personal relationships on to the feral backdrop of the Jamaican plantations' (The Times)

'Levy has a rare ability to channel the maelstrom of history into the most intimate of human dramas' (New Statesman)

'[Levy] has painted a vivid and persuasive portrait of Jamaican slave society, a society that succeeded with bravery, style and strategic patience both to outsmart its oppressors and to plant the seeds of what is today a culture celebrated worldwide' (New York Times)

'A tumultuous tale, superbly evoked' (Woman & Home)

'Levy has slipped through the cracks of history and beautifully animated a subject about which, on a human level, we know depressingly little' (Metro)

'A vivid, sometimes brutal and incredibly absorbing story' (Good Housekeeping)

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, The Long Song by multi-million-copy bestselling author Andrea Levy is a hauntingly beautiful, heartbreaking and unputdownable novel, which will resonate with everyone who went to see the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave and fans of Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees.

'A marvel of luminous storytelling' Financial Times

You do not know me yet. My son Thomas, who is publishing this book, tells me, it is customary at this place in a novel to give the reader a little taste of the story that is held within these pages. As your storyteller, I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followed.

July is a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation named Amity and it is her life that is the subject of this tale. She was there when the Baptist War raged in 1831, and she was present when slavery was declared no more. My son says I must convey how the story tells also of July's mama Kitty, of the negroes that worked the plantation land, of Caroline Mortimer the white woman who owned the plantation and many more persons besides - far too many for me to list here. But what befalls them all is carefully chronicled upon these pages for you to peruse.

Perhaps, my son suggests, I might write that it is a thrilling journey through that time in the company of people who lived it. All this he wishes me to pen so the reader can decide if this is a novel they might care to consider. Cha, I tell my son, what fuss-fuss. Come, let them just read it for themselves.

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a great novel, very refreshing in its style for quite a classical topic (slavery)!!! The writer plays with the reader a little bit, and we discover what really happened after a while, a few changes of narrators, and different times. A lot of humour, some crude scenes, but always a lot of tenderness and many emotions. I loved it!!!
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J'ai commandé ce livre car je connais un peu la Jamaïque et j'avais envie de lire une histoire qui s'y passe. J'étais vraiment agréablement surprise par l'originalité et le style de l'auteure, plein d'humour et d'ironie sur un sujet très grave. Miss July est un personnage particulièrement attachant qui traverse la période de transition entre l'esclavage et la "liberté".
J'ai apprécié son optimisme et sa force de caractère. Bob Marley en serait fier !!
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Great read, beautifully written the story is engrossing so you cannot put the book down. After Small Island another great book - bravo Madame Levy!!!!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Child Lost, A Child Found 22 avril 2012
Par A. Prentice - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Reading this very accomplished novel reinforced for me once again the extra horrors of the British system of slavery on Jamaica and the grim realities of working on a sugar cane plantation. While there is a great deal about the novel to admire --- the descriptions, the language, the characterizations are all very well done, and you can clearly see the plantation setting of the book -- for some reason it did not create the emotional involvement with the heroine that would have made it a greater book. July struggles to survive and loses most of the people she cares for; the ultimate loss, of her beloved baby daughter, should have felt more awful than it does. The happy ending has an element of sad mystery since her life between the birth of her son and his finding of her 30 years later is not related in the book and we are left to deduce just how hard it was. Thomas, July's son, is a truly good person and successful as well, and I would like to more of his story. I would actually recommend Marlon James' novel, The Book of Night Women, for a more serious fictional portrait of slavery in Jamaica.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A moving and uplifting tale 9 mars 2013
Par Suzanne Dobbins - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Set in a narrative fiction, The Long Song is the story of a Jamaican slave, Miss July, told at the request of her adult son – a proprietor of a publishing house. Miss July is a reluctant teller, but she certainly has a voice to savor with a charm all her own. We learn through her story that she was the product of a slave girl, Kitty, and the plantation overseer, Tam Dewar. As a child, she was snatched up into the plantation house and trained as a ladies maid and companion to the owner’s sister, Caroline Mortimer.

Having read and loved Levy’s Small Island, I was anxious to read this work of fiction. For me, The Long Song did not disappoint. Some of my Goodreads friends did not care for this book – Levy’s characters were accused of being insipid and the tone too light for such a serious subject matter. I appreciated hearing those comments ahead of time, and I read with a thought as to why the author might portray her characters the way she did. Miss July really came alive for me. In fact, she reminded me of a woman I have known and loved. She is charming and mischievous; and yes, she had a hard life, but she didn’t want to dwell on the tragedies. I felt that Levy understood that a real person, reluctantly telling a story so full of sadness, might want to downplay the bad events. To dwell on them would be to give into the despair, rather than showing that she had been able to come through it as a survivor.

Levy presents a novel that is well-researched – including the language used by Jamaican slaves (as is evidenced in her lengthy resource list at the conclusion of the book). She also shows a bit of the origins of the Jamaican class system, which currently favors lighter-skinned blacks.

In addition to all that, The Long Song is a moving and uplifting tale of a people who are able to retain dignity in the midst of enslavement. I can see why it was a finalist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Long Song 28 juillet 2013
Par Cas Alex - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a lovely novel by Andrea Levy. The only issue is that it is written in both first-person and third-person narrative, which can be a bit confusing if the reader is already having a difficult time following a story line. That said, the story is very interesting. July is not only an interesting character, but a good narrator. Her story, which she recounts from the moment of her conception, is probably historically accurate for slave women in the Anglophone Caribbean. When her daughter is kidnapped and taken to England, July's emotional collapse is so dramatic and real; it is difficult to imagine a woman feeling any less hurt, lost, and betrayed. Levy leaves her audience wondering, at the conclusion, what happened to July's kidnapped daughter. Perhaps there is the possibility of a sequel in which her daughter's story of growing up in England as an White, English child is revealed. All in all, this novel is a must-read for fans of Andrea Levy and scholars of Anglophone Caribbean Literature of the diaspora.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A historical song 29 septembre 2015
Par Jamintel - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The novel gavels us insights into how Jamaicans were then which influenced how we are now; the feistiness, loudness at times, boldness in the face of personal danger. The social nuances as they relate to skin shades and the opportunities for upward social mobility was stark and so true. Her account of the abolition of slavery and the subsequent events was poignant.
I found it difficult to follow the story because of how it was narrated especially in the first few chapters. The story came together after that. It was a long song of pain and anguish.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting story 18 février 2013
Par Gizzy - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This historical novel is set in 19th century Jamaica. It weaves a tale of the slaves that worked sugar plantations. The main character is Miss July, a slave born to a field slave and a white overseer. The story teller is indeed July and also her son, Thomas. The reader will care about the characters.
The author shows the hardships of plantation life among the slaves there; but also the routine of the plantation owners. It does explore racism, the end of slavery in Jamaica, and the slaves lives afterward. The author has done her homework on Jamaican speech dialects and Jamaican history.
A good read for anyone who likes history.
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