Marlon James has won The Man Booker Prize 2015 with his third novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings. James is the first Jamaican to win the prize. The novel is a fictional history of an attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976.
I read James’ debut novel, John Crow’s Devil, in 2005, the same year that it was released. The story focuses on the « battle between two men of God », the Rum Preacher and Apostle York, in the small town of Gibbeah. It was a delightful read. The language was rich and evocative; his use of Patwa, oh, the language in the book is brilliant. I was in my feelings and it reminded me so much of the experience of reading Patrick Chamoiseau’s Solibo Magnificent.
(As usual, I’ve been meaning to get back to reading his two books since then, but here we are, 10 years…
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