by Michelle Cliff
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Abeng 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cliff¿s ¿Abeng¿ is a powerful nuance that captures the true essence of life in colonized Jamaica and the powerful yet tragic implications of race, class and sexism in this oppressive environment. The use of the Jamaican dialect, Patois, creates the true to life feeling that exist in the novel. Cliff has truly shown what the Jamaican motto, ¿Out of many, one people,¿ means on the genealogical development of the Jamaican people. Her subtle authoritative tone highlights the diabolic effects from slavery to colonialism, which also pushed females in subjectivity. A must read especially for young Jamaican women searching for their true identity as a human being. I am happy my English literature professor, Dr. Carlyle Thompson, included this novelty in our readings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know where to begin with the horridness of this book. Whomever decided that this was a 'brilliant book' should be thrown into the insane assylum. This book is nothing but pure trash. She obviously did not have enough thought to one even develop a worthy plot, two follow her own thought processes, or three keep out the vulgarity that runs rampant through the book. The book has no visible plot. It just jumps from thought to thought. On top of the lack of plot there is no form of proper sentence structure, adding to the difficulty in even understanding why in the world this woman would write something as horrible as this. Beyond that it goes into graphic details about rape, burning, canniblism, a drunked grandfather who seems to be unable to keep his privates in his pants, and a deeply violent and extremely disturbing relationship of Clare's parents. I would not recommend this book to ANYONE. It is neither an enjoyable or a desireable read. This book was required for my college class and I feel that the time that it takes to get through this book would be better spent doing something that you would enjoy. Spend your time reading something far more worthy of your time and your money. You won't be sorry for not reading this horrendous book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Claire Savage is the child- woman who emerges at the centre of this exquistely written work.The reader cannnot help but fall in love with Claire's story and the beauty of Michelle Cliff's writing.