Fruit of the Lemon
Faith Jackson knows little about her parents' lives before they moved to England. Happy to be starting her first job in the costume department at BBC television, and to be sharing a house with friends, Faith ...more
It took awhile to get into the story. I liked it best when Faith starts narrating how she relates to her brother, Carl, the moments when she notices that even her best friend's family see her as different, the visit to Simon's parents home, the realisation that she is a token black dresser at her workplace.
You can see her confusi ...more
The redeeming feature however,in my opinion, is when Faith (the protagonist)realizes with a deep shock how little the immigrants particularly the Blacks mean to the Whites, her struggle to move to a different department, her sorrow to ...more
"While reading ‘Fruit of the Lemon’, it became quickly apparent to me that I was in the hands of a startlingly evocative writer. Levy rarely ‘lays it on thick’ – there is none of that overindulgence, poorly executed, in exposition, description or plot progression. The ingrained racism Faith endures uneasily in England, her incremental malaise and mistrust of her own complexion, are subtly enforced at every turn, ‘til we feel like buckling beneath the pressure, ours ...more
Fruit of The Lemon is told by different narratives including Faith’s life in England and al ...more
Levy's second novel. I like the first half, where the protagonist in London is starting out on a career, leaving the [London] home of her Jamaican-born parents. Levy writes with a light hand, there are bits of humor. Nice contrast between the situation and attitude of the protagonist and those of her brother.
She is startled when she gets wind of her parents' intention to retire to Jamaica, where she has NEVER been, though her parents' families all still live there.
Her parents send her to Ja ...more
I thought Faith was a really likable character and her voice was entertaining and engaging. Levy also successfully speaks as Faith's family members bringing to life a fantastic array of characters and voices with wonderful warmth making for a varied read.
Fruit of the Lemon entertained me and made me want to look more closely at my o ...more
I just wanted to live.
The Beginning: ‘Your mum and dad came on a banana boat,’ that was what the bully boys at my primary school used to say.
The story starts quite well. It’s about Faith Jackson, a young Jamaican woman born and raised in London. In a quest to discover her roots and find herself, she decides to visit Jamaica for the first time ever. She’s welcomed by an overwhelming amount of family members, all eager to tell her stories of her ancestors.
I enjoy ...more
The first half of the book tells about Faith's life as a coloured British citizen. She feels embarrassed of her Jamaican descent and ...more
Faith takes a jou ...more
Named after the song "Lemon Tree," which grumbles that such a beautiful tree should produce so inedible a fruit, Fruit of the Lemon was first published in England in 1999, five years before the award-winning Small Island. Given the similar themes and content, comparisons were inevitable. Though critics praised Andrea Levy's lovely prose and affable characters, some felt that the book had a few rough edges: the believability of Faith's breakdown, for example, and, in the second part of the novel...more
The letter came through the television centre’s internal mail. At the time I was sitting at my desk typing a full and complete description of World War One army uniforms. ‘We are pleased to inform you that your application for the post of dresser ...more
It concerns a girl born in the UK to Jamaican immigrants, and how she grows up with her brother. She is generally getting along fine, has a good job, is living with other people in a house, before coming up against the horrors of racial violence. Shee suffers a breakdown, and her parent decide to send her to Jamaica to spend time with the family that never left there.
Whilst there, he ...more
My biggest problem with this book is that the author mentions "teeth sucking" at least once a page, more so in the Jamaica chapters. We get it, Andrea Levy, old Jamaican women suck their teeth. Enough.
I was a little confused about when this book takes ...more
Andrea Levy did not begin writing until she was in her mid-thirties. At that time there was little wr ...more