Waiting in Vain / Edition 1

Waiting in Vain / Edition 1

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by Colin Channer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0345425529

ISBN-13: 2900345425521

Pub. Date: 07/28/1999

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group


Meet Fire—Jamaican-born, charming, poetic, and talented—a man who's vowed to never play "love-is-blind" games again. Then he meets Sylvia, a beautiful magazine editor who keeps her passions under lock and key. Together they must choose between the love in their lives and the love of their lives.

From the galleries of Soho to the brownstones of

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Meet Fire—Jamaican-born, charming, poetic, and talented—a man who's vowed to never play "love-is-blind" games again. Then he meets Sylvia, a beautiful magazine editor who keeps her passions under lock and key. Together they must choose between the love in their lives and the love of their lives.

From the galleries of Soho to the brownstones of Brooklyn, from the nightclubs of London to the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, Channer takes us on a wild, soul-searching ride as Fire and Sylvia try to connect, disconnect, and reconnect amid conflicting desires and wounds from the past. But through intricate love triangles, skewed priorities, and crushing personal tragedies, Fire, Sylvia, and their friends must learn that some things in life are worth fighting for. If not, you're simply waiting in vain.

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ISBN-13:
2900345425521
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Edition description:
FIRST
Pages:
352

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Waiting in Vain 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best I've ever read. I not only enjoyed it, but I felt it. This book had a mood to it. The characters had umph to them. Colin Channer has a new, appreciative reader.
goldenqueenreader More than 1 year ago
This book was very creative and this author opened my eyes to a whole new life. After reading Waiting in Vain I feel as though I know more about island life or more specifically Jamaican life. If I had a say, the man in the glasses on the cover would be the whole cover and not just because he looks awesome but because it reflects more of the story. In this lovely novel the author shows you how a wealthy Jamaican writer/artist named Fire, struggles with relationships with unavailable women. Its a love story but its much more with topics of class, race, family and drugs. In the beginning the story starts with Fire and Blanche a married woman who he has on and off sexual relationship. Fire wants a change and he goes to New York. In New York Fire hooks up with his childhood friend and a fellow artist Ian. Ian's is of the Islands as well and lives in usa strung out on drugs. Fire and Ian discuss there lives and their struggles with women. In New York is where you get swept off your feet by Fire and his dialog with Silvia. The whole relationship between Fire and Silvia is amazing and the author makes you want Fire that much more. Waiting in Vain also contains 2 side stories Ian and Margret. The reader is introduced to many characters and a different dialect and at times its a little confusing. The author also tends to switch point of views in the middle of a paragraph and it tends to cause motion sickness but I dont hold these things against the author because his story is beautifully expressed that i wouldn't mind reading it again. And I will look for more from this author.
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fee1214 More than 1 year ago
Riveting!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have kept a copy of this book on my shelf for a very long time. It is a wonderful re-read every now and then. It is my favorite book in this genre. Mr. Channer is not as well know as Eric Dickey or Teri Mcmillian but, his writting sytle is so romantic and spiritual. His characters are realistic and his story is multi-fauceted. There is anger, love, pain, heartache, and lust. He delves into the pysche of his characters and I love the fact that although this is a love story there is so much more. The steamy island setting is also very nice. If you are looking to loose yourself in a wonderfully written story of love, pain and the very soul of those who participate in these activites then read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where Bob Marley expresses with music, Colin Channer does with words. An excellent combination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to get into this book (it's been on my bookshelf for 4 yrs). In the beginning it was a slow read for me, but I'm so glad I stuck with it. It was love story, not the soppy, make believe-can't be believed type. I'm not sure where/why Ian fit into the picture, but aside from him, the story was great. The character did develope - perhaps they could have developed a bit more, but for a 1st work, this was really a good book. To look at love from a male perspective was so very interesting - it made me fall in love with my husband all over again. Sylvia had to 'grow' - don't we all, at some time? It has me waiting for a sequel.. Good going Colin and I'll be at BN this weekend trying to find your other books..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read ' Got to be Real' and I fell in love with Channers romantic and lush style. So when I read 'Waiting in Vain' I was swept up and I was totally disappointed when I finished the book. If you have never been to Jamaica and experienced the sights ,smells and nuances of this complex island this book is a love letter that will introduce Jamaica to your senses. Its a beauty
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderfully well written. I fell in love with Fire, now I know what a real man is suppose to be. Colin Channer took me on a vivid journey in to new territory.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are parts here that don't add up... the part where Fire and Sylvia are waiting for a cab. How does Fire go from wearing a shoe to a barefoot on her leg?......not a good read for true romance readers. Quite a few of our book club members agree.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just couldn't put this book down. I highly recommend it. The characters are real. Similar to characters in In-Law Drama.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I miss him. Quite a strange way to begin a review, and yet it seems very approrpiate. To say that I have been touched by Fire would be an understatement. Having completed Waiting in Vain has left me with a void to fill. A.J.Heath has proven to be a protagonist to be set in a class by himself. Fire encompasses a perfect man, despite his shortcomings. He leaves one with the hope that such a man walks th earth and that waiting will not be in vain. In this book, each character is developed completely as you, the reader, are allowed to see their thoughts, dreams, and fears. They become real, true-to-life individuals. Finally the richness and beauty of the language adds to the charm and mystic that held me in rapture page after page. Though the description of Jamaica was sometimes difficult to follow, having never visited the island, it has provided me with a strong desire to do so. To walk in Fire's shoes, smell the air he breathed, take in the sights his eyes held. Colin is perhaps the best advertisement the island never knew it had.
Guest More than 1 year ago
book is one of the best I have read and I made the mistake of loaning to a relative now I must purchase it for a second time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book last year and it was sitting on my shelf. This week I have started reading the book on the bus and at work and I have found it too hard to put down. Fire first meets Sylvia in New York only to discover that she is engaged to an arrogant well-to-do black man. Yet he is drawn to this woman and wants to know more about her. Sylvia is an editor for a black women's magazine and is unhappy about her current position and would like to do more with her life. She meets fire who has done very well for himself without the comforts of material wealth. She yearns for the passion Fire has that her boyfriend can't give her. They both know that they are meant to be together body, mind and soul. I haven't finished reading the book but I am already drawn to the literary style that Colin Channer writes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Colin has captured the essence of love with high energy of sexuality. My favorite quote is 'Is that your smile or my reflection' That is truly the melting pot of my heart said by any man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm really into Carib. fiction writers now and Colin Channer is at the top of the list. The vibe between Sylvia and Fire can be felt the moment he laid eyes on those daisy buttons and that dancers walk. Channer gives great visuals that engulf the reader... It left me wanting more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Jamaican novel and it was excellent I laughed,cried,and had a great time relaxing w/this sexy read I'd recommend Colin Channer to all novel readers who love black love stories w/a little spice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS THE BEST LOVE STORY I HAVE READ IN A VERY LONG TIME. IT ENGROSSED AND ENTHRALLED ME FROM THE FIRST PAGE. THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES LOVE. CHANNER MADE YOU FEEL AS IF YOU WERE THERE. I LIKE THAT IN A BOOK. I HOPE I AM NOT 'WAITING IN VAIN' FOR THE NEXT ONE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am late in writing this review of Colin Channer's novel Waiting in Vain, but I have to say I really didn't know what to write until I read it a second time. Channer's novel is one of victory and the erotique. This author takes his readers through the lives of the novel's characters and allows us to see life through the words he gives them. It is a must read for those of us who appreciate love, struggle, romance, and strong writing. I look forward to his next novel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Fire and Sylvia are people we all know! True love is a wonderful thing and really directs our lives! Channer does a wonderful job creating realistic characters!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main theme of Colin Channers' book is love. While this subject is in no way unique, Colin's writing style is uniquely poetic and erotic. The main character, Fire, a successful writer, operates on a different level. Fire is as close to perfection as any woman would want her man to be. Fire really cares - he cares for Blanche, his mentor and ex-lover who he has stood by for ten years; he cares for Sylvia, his soulmate and perfect woman with her accompanying emotional baggage. He cares for Ian, fellow artist, friend and the closest person he has to a brother, even when Ian travels down the path of self-destruction. Colin's writing style is one that is easy to read. However, there is depth in his writing that makes this a MUST READ novel for those of us coming from the Caribbean. His way of moving dialogue between English, Jamiacan English and patois should be applauded. I strongly recommend this book to you. I am awaiting Colin's next novel with bated breath - another Bob Marley song title, I hope.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Waiting In Vain' captivates the reader from start to finish. Colin's writing infuses the readers with such passion, that they feel as if they are there feeling every emotion and witnessing every place. His unique sense of writing is phenomenal. It leaves the readers yearning for more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was only an okay novel for me. It became difficult to read at times because he would go back and forth with the dialect, making it difficult to understand. The details were strung out in certain places. If it had been more concise, the novel would have been a lot better. The story line was good, making me want to finish the book. It gets the best at the end.