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Small Island by Andrea Levy
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Apr 15, 2009

liked it
bookshelves: written-by-poc, mainstream

Pretty good, though I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. Dunno why. Partly it might be that reading about the racism just got me down -- I mean, of course, since it happened, it's good to have stories that record it truthfully, but I still found it depressing to read about. The other part is that I didn't feel I really knew the characters by the end of the novel; they felt strangely shallow.

That said, I totally got all :') over Hortense and Gilbert getting over their initial mutual dislike to love one another. I love "they are in an arranged marriage and then they fall in love!" stories.

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Ruth Mcdermott Hi there Zen

Would you like to put a question to Andrea Levy herself about Small Island? BBC World Book Club is interviewing her on Tuesday 8th December and would love to hear from you. If you could email me at ruth.mcdermott@bbc.co.uk as soon as you can with your question about the book (anything - doesn't have to be particularly clever!), we can either arrange for you to talk to the woman herself, or have our presenter put your question to Andrea for you. Then you get to hear your question on World Service Radio! Please get in touch soonest, including where you are in the world.

Thanks, and all the best.

Ruth McDermott, BBC World Book Club

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