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The Children of Sisyphus

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A bleak portrayal of life on the Dungle—the rubbish heap where the very poorest squat—this beautifully poetic, existentialist novel turns an unwavering eye to life in the Jamaicanghetto. By interweaving the stories of Dinah, a prostitute who can never quite escape the circumstances of her life, and Brother Solomon, a respected Rastafarian leader who allows his followers to

Paperback, 190 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Longman Publishing Group
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Daniel Gamboa
Feb 13, 2016 Daniel Gamboa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Children of Sisyphus" is, in my humble opinion, one of those books that you start using as a standard whenever you're reviewing other books. It's insightful, raw, moving and eye-opener. It is one of those books you don't want it to end, but you want to keep reading and, probably, you're already planning on rereading it even before you finish it.

"The Children of Sisyphus" is about life in the Dungle, the poorest and lowest part of the Jamaican capital. Brother Solomon and Dinah are its main
Gwyneth Davidson
Jun 27, 2016 Gwyneth Davidson rated it really liked it
Shelves: jamaica, jamaica-ya
This book defined a moment in time. It is unrepentant in being grim from the beginning to the end.
Dana Aerys
In Greek Mythology, Sisyphus was a king of Ephyra, punished by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever

This should say everything about the book I think.

No sense in bitching and moaning and looking for upliftment from it for you own life.

This book was put out there to show you what life is like for people in the lowest of lows, where there is no direction save for going up, but you find all kinda of things anchorin
Denhue Harris
Aug 09, 2012 Denhue Harris rated it it was ok
Hmmmmm…I’m torn. First published in 1964, this book is written well, very well. The patois is accessible, true and accurate. The narrative however is unquestionably grim, so you’ll have to be in the right frame of mind. Set in the slums of Kingston some time ago, the story circles on three characters who desperately seek a way of escaping their sad and grubby existence. They never make it! The author – Patterson, starts you off on a low and takes you even lower. If you’re into Rastafarianism or ...more
Ryan Lincoln
Jun 14, 2007 Ryan Lincoln rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Jamaica and Rastafarianism
Shelves: caribbean, novels
About politics, slum-life, and rastafarianism in Jamaica. All topics I find interesting and applicable to my work (academic and volunteer) but not the most engaging. I'm reading it in spurts, and it's taking me a few months to get through the relatively short book.
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Orlando Patterson is a Jamaican-born American historical and cultural sociologist known for his work regarding issues of race in the United States, and regarding the sociology of development. He currently holds the John Cowles chair in Sociology at Harvard University.
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