The Long Song: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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THE AUTHOR OF SMALL ISLAND TELLS THE STORY OF THE LAST TURBULENT YEARS OF SLAVERY AND THE EARLY YEARS OF FREEDOM IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY JAMAICA

Small Island introduced Andrea Levy to America and was acclaimed as "a triumph" (San Francisco Chronicle). It won both the Orange Prize and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award, and has sold over a million copies worldwide. With The Long Song, Levy once again reinvents...

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Overview

THE AUTHOR OF SMALL ISLAND TELLS THE STORY OF THE LAST TURBULENT YEARS OF SLAVERY AND THE EARLY YEARS OF FREEDOM IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY JAMAICA

Small Island introduced Andrea Levy to America and was acclaimed as "a triumph" (San Francisco Chronicle). It won both the Orange Prize and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award, and has sold over a million copies worldwide. With The Long Song, Levy once again reinvents the historical novel.

Told in the irresistibly willful and intimate voice of Miss July, with some editorial assistance from her son, Thomas, The Long Song is at once defiant, funny, and shocking. The child of a field slave on the Amity sugar plantation, July lives with her mother until Mrs. Caroline Mortimer, a recently transplanted English widow, decides to move her into the great house and rename her "Marguerite."

Resourceful and mischievous, July soon becomes indispensable to her mistress. Together they live through the bloody Baptist war, followed by the violent and chaotic end of slavery. Taught to read and write so that she can help her mistress run the business, July remains bound to the plantation despite her "freedom." It is the arrival of a young English overseer, Robert Goodwin, that will dramatically change life in the great house for both July and her mistress. Prompted and provoked by her son's persistent questioning, July's resilience and heartbreak are gradually revealed in this extraordinarily powerful story of slavery, revolution, freedom, and love.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429929882
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 293,640
  • File size: 308 KB

Meet the Author

Andrea Levy was born in England to Jamaican parents. Her fourth novel, Small Island, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award, the Orange Prize for Fiction: Best of the Best, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. The television adaptation of her novel won an International Emmy for best TV movie/miniseries. The Long Song was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and she is also the author of Fruit of the Lemon, among others. She lives in London.


Andrea Levy was born in England to Jamaican parents. Her fourth novel, Small Island, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award, the Orange Prize for Fiction: Best of the Best, and the Commonwealth Writer's Prize. The television adaptation of her novel won an International Emmy for best TV movie/miniseries. She is also the author of The Long Song, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Fruit of the Lemon, among others. She lives in London.
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Reading Group Guide

The new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of Small Island tells the story of an unforgettable heroine during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom following the Baptist War in Jamaica in 1831.

With The Long Song, Levy once again reinvents the historical novel. Told in the irresistibly willful and intimate voice of Miss July, with some editorial assistance from her son, Thomas, The Long Song is at once defiant, funny, and shocking. The child of a field slave on the Amity sugar plantation, July lives with her mother until Mrs Caroline Mortimer, a recently transplanted English widow, decides to move her into the great house and rename her "Marguerite."

Resourceful and mischievous, July soon becomes indispensable to her mistress. Together they live through the bloody Baptist War and through the violent and chaotic end of slavery. Taught to read and write so that she can help her mistress run the business, July remains bound to the plantation despite her "freedom." It is the arrival of a young English overseer, Robert Goodwin, that will dramatically change life in the great house for both July and her mistress. Prompted and provoked by her son's persistent questioning, July's heartache and resilience are gradually revealed in this extraordinarily powerful story of slavery, revolution, freedom, and love.

The questions and discussion topics that follow are designed to enhance your reading of Andrea Levy's The Long Song.

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  • Posted July 3, 2010

    The Slave Woman

    THE LONG SONG by Andrea Levy is poignant and thought provoking. It's a tale full of truth and harshness. It takes place on the sunny Island of Jamaica in the 19th Century where cruelties abounded for the "Negroes." The novel reveals how the ebony and mulatto skinned blacks were treated. It tells of forbidden interracial affairs. It tells of the slave revolt, the freed Jamaican blacks, and the lessons taught which haunt us. The author uses humor and subtleness. She gives both points of view, the voices of the old Jamaican woman named July, and her son. Putting this book down is not an option because you will want to know the entire story of Miss July's life. Bravo to the author Andrea Levy -- it's a great read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Kp-TX

    Interesting and well written story of July. I like the way the author travels back and forth through time periods in July's life. The ending was lacking but most of the book was captivating.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Excellent book!

    Everything about this book is done well. The narration, the plot, the styling of the book itself - it's all top notch and impressive. I don't want to give away any plot details, but if you can image a book that expertly reveals human experience, with all of the joy and humor of human life, while also detailing human suffering, then you can imagine a small part of why this book is so good. Anyone in any country will enjoy. If you are interested in Jamaica or the U.K., you might enjoy it even more than usual. I recommend this book for any and all types of readers (men, women, people who like all genres, including those interested in history who say they usually don't like ficiton).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

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    Touching doesn't begin to describe it

    My heart nearly broke a few times reading this book. I feel the mark of a good book is one that will stir strong emotions within the reader. This book was amazing. This story will stay on my mind for a long time to come.
    I'm interested in reading more by this author, now that I have experienced the rich world she created in this book.
    It doesn't feel like a novel at all. This story feels like a real life account.
    I highly recommend this to anyone who likes heartfelt fiction.

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  • Posted December 19, 2014

    Great book

    I loved reading this book, very interesting and detailed about that time and period.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

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    I enjoyed this book and recommend it. It's a sad story of slaves

    I enjoyed this book and recommend it. It's a sad story of slaves & life as a slave in Jamaica but Miss July will make you laugh and cheer for her!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    Amazing!

    Rebels and lovers come to life! The language captivates!

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