John Crow's Devil

John Crow's Devil

by Marlon James
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John Crow's Devil 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased another novel by James some years ago and always wanted to read more from him, however my local book stores never had this novel in stock. Now, the ereader made it possible for me to continue reading James' work and I am intrigued to say the least. James provides authenticity and detail of the people in this small town. While the story seems to only be about the happenings of the townspeople, it is truly about so much more. There is a dichotomy throughout the story and immediately, the reader is struggling between which side is right... until the end, when we see that perception is not always reality. Irony at it's best, I would say and definitely a warning about being led blindly, overtaken by religion instead of being led by morality and personal spirituality. Please be prepared for dialect (which drew me in, but for some may be difficult).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a page turner. I coulndn't put it down the plot was amazing and not what I expected. I felt like I was home in Jamaica again. I hope that he has another book on the way. Very well written!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one comes at you fast, like horses breaking from the gate at CAYMANAS PARK. The moment I saw the title I knew that with any luck Iwould be in for a pretty good ride. long time Jamaicans know the history of the John crow and the legacy of the various 'RUM PREACHERS' That still ply their trade among the faithful. James takes the ledgend and makes it into one of the more enjoyable stories to come out of the island in the last fifty years. Written in the vein of Orlando Patterson's CHILDREN OF SISYPHUS, John Crow holds the reader with twist after twist that leaves you spinning. The deep exploration of Jamaican homophobia and the dangerous mix of religion and self destruction is a welcome 'outing' of the dichotomy that is Jamaica. On one hand saying 'OUT OF MANY, ONE PEOPLE' But welcoming only the ones that fit safely within their comfort zones. I do wish that he had gone into more details with the different people working their own brand of obeah throughout the story and the part it played in what was obviously a struggle between good and evil. Looking foward to more good works.
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