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Island Songs

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"'She wondered what kind of world she had brought her two daughters into - the tedious cycle of rural Jamaican life. No chance for them to set off upon adventures and see the outside world.'"

But sisters Jenny and Hortense Rodney, descendants of the fierce Maroon people, do get to see the outside world, and "Island Songs" is their story. Growing up in rural Claremont, worki
ebook, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Allison & Busby (first published 2005)
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Lola Allen
Apr 29, 2015 Lola Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! Although I read it quite a while ago (approximately nine years now!) I still remember how entertaining it was to read and how I couldn't stop turning the pages. Wheatle is a very witty (and talented) writer and his use of dialogue and portrayal of characters are second to none.

I particularly liked the themes of jealousy and unrequited love in this story; the relationships between Jenny and Hortense (and their men) although tumultuous, were exciting to follow and not o
Apr 13, 2015 Zezee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a wonderful story. It was well written and I believe that Alex Wheatle did a great job of portraying Jamaican lifestyle, culture, and landscape. I definitely recommend this novel to all. The first time I read it, I was so hooked on the story that I could hardly put it down.
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Mar 27, 2014 Johnny D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to give this book three and a half stars or three point seven five stars, but that's not an option. Three is unfair, so I'll just round it up.

Alex Wheatle did an incredible job of taking us back to sights, sounds, and smells of the Jamaica of the forties and fifties. I could almost hear the mento and early ska as I read. I loved the rendering of the Duke Reid soundsystem.

But, by far, the best thing that Wheatle did was show the richness and vibrance of Jamaican patois. It's a language tha
Nov 02, 2015 Stef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Island Songs contains some of the most evocative descriptions of early 20th century Jamaica along with honest portrayals of Jamaicans reactions to living in Britain. A must read.
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‘One of the most exciting writers of the black urban experience’ The Times

Alex Alphonso Wheatle MBE (3 January 1963) is an award winning black British novelist of Jamaican heritage and has been described as one of the UK’s most exciting writers.
Wheatle spent much of his childhood in a Surrey children's home. At sixteen he was a founder member of the Crucial Rocker sound system and his DJ name was
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