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A brief history of seven killings (2014 original; edició 2014)

de Marlon James

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On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years.

Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of charactersassassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghostsA Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s. Brilliantly inventive and stunningly ambitious, this novel is a revealing modern epic that will secure Marlon James' place among the great literary talents of his generation.

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Títol:A brief history of seven killings
Autors:Marlon James
Informació:Richmond : Oneworld, 2014.
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A Brief History of Seven Killings de Marlon James (2014)

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But one of the reasons why it’s a big novel is almost for the same reason you have something like a double album. Because I think — I hope, and so far some critics seem to agree with me and some critics don’t — that a bigger novel is a wider canvas to experiment with... I’m not sure why ambition is looked upon as a bad thing. - Marlon James*

I really like thinking of this novel as a double album. That works. Because it's big, really big, and ambitious, and has two separate but obviously connected parts.

The first part is 5 stars for me all the way. Jamaican politics, and its associated gangs, and Bob Marley, and the CIA, and fascinating characters like Papa Lo and Weeper, and culminating in the attempted assassination of Marley by a gang of ghetto gunmen, whose leader is operating out of several motives, personal and political. Marley, always referred to as the Singer, his fame just that encompassing, is ever present just off-stage, working to create a peace which is not in the interests of certain elements.

His ultimate inability leads to the second album, post Marley's terribly early death from cancer, and we lose the politics and the Singer and gain the Medellin cartel, crack cocaine, drug empires in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and, a bit oddly, graphic gay sex ("I do actually believe in explicit violence. I believe in explicit sex... There’s something to be read in the explicit scene.*). This album didn't interest me so much though I recognize the quality.

* - Guernica interview, https://www.guernicamag.com/interviews/violently-wrought/

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Brethren, what the bombocloth you mean calling this a brief history? Could have been done a lot briefer, but that's cool, it's real good. ( )
  lelandleslie | Feb 24, 2024 |
This book is about the politics of Jamaica, the attempted killing of Bob Marley,the drug wars in the 1990s in New York, and more. Told in many many voices with not much dialog. I made frequent use of the Cast of Characters list in the front of the book. Intelligently written. It felt like I was really inside the characters heads, more so than I have ever been in a book before. The Jamaican dialect was hard to get used to, but once I did I found myself thinking in that dialect, and almost trying to use some of the words in my own speech. The language in the book is rough, and there is a lot of violence. Considering the topic, it was all appropriate.
The book did bog down some in the middle, but I gave it 5 stars anyway because of how brilliantly it was written overall.This book will stay with me awhile. If you decide to read this, don't plan on reading it for long periods of time. I had to take breaks---focus and concentration are required! ( )
  Maryjane75 | Sep 30, 2023 |
I can honestly say I did not find this book enjoyable, but it was written in the most amazing format and the author has an amazing talent.

This book was very well written, and if I had to base my ratings on how well the book was written, it would be 10 out of 5. When I was reading the book, the descriptions were magical and took me away to another world, and I could not believe the amount of detail one person could put into one single page. I was taken away into another world and I truly enjoyed the form of description. I rarely find authors these days with this amount of talent.

But, the book was not a topic I was fond of. I picked up the book and decided to enter for the contest on Goodreads to get it because it sounded like an amazing topic to learn about, but it ended up being too boring of a topic for me.

While the book was well written, I found it very hard to follow the story or know what was going on. In the first 100 pages, I found myself even wondering what the book was about anymore. This book felt more along the lines of a book I would be forced to read in High School with explanations by the teacher of what was actually going on, since I couldn't follow it.

I give it one star out of five, mainly because I was to bored to continue reading it. It was a forced read and I was bored out of my mind trying to finish it.

The book did give powerful messages and themes, and anybody who likes books that have powerful themes and messages and like books following true events but are in a fictional universe would love this book! It was just not for me.

I still cannot praise the author enough for his talent, but the book wasn't for me!!

Amazing book, not my type of read, sadly.

My book was an uncorrected advance proof (which I adore these types of books, so I was very honored to receive an advanced copy).

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. ( )
  Briars_Reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
What can you say about this book? Well, it is a stunning novel, brilliantly written, not easy on the reader, but no matter. I highly recommend it. ( )
  TomMcGreevy | Jul 30, 2023 |
Eine kurze Geschichte ist dieser dicke Schinken wahrlich nicht und es sind auch nicht nur sieben Morde, die geschehen. Vielleicht zielt der Titel auf sieben der acht Männer ab, die 1976 in Bob Marleys Haus eindringen um ihn zu töten, denn sieben von ihnen sterben im Lauf des Buches. Als der letzte von ihnen 1991 im Gefängnis stirbt, endet das Buch.
Insgesamt ist diese Jamaica-Geschichte aus vielen Perspektiven erzählt und man tut gut daran, sich einzuprägen, wer wer ist und zu welcher Seite gehört. Jamaica in diesem Buch ist korrupt, brutal, Menschen sind Freiwild, haben eigentlich keine Chance. Es gibt zwei politische Parteien, die konservative Jamaican Labour JLP und die People's National PNP, die sich 1976 im Wahlkampf befinden. Bob Marley plant auf Initiative der sozialdemokratischen PNP ein Friedenskonzert. Zwei Tage vorher findet das beschriebene Attentat statt, das Marley aber überlebt, so dass er dennoch auftreten kann.
Das Buch ist anstrengend zu lesen, aufgrund der oft gelobten, aber recht wilden Sprache und auch aufgrund der brutalen, sehr selten positiven Ereignisse. Und lang ist es auch. ( )
  Wassilissa | Jul 22, 2023 |
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If, like James, you’re from Jamaica, then recent history might suggest a gangster chronicle, and the central plot and metaphor of his novel is an intricate set of connections between the attempted assassination of the Singer and the rise and fall of a J.L.P.-connected crime boss called Josey Wales. The man who comes to kill the Singer, icon of peace, is a gangster whose export business is not reggae but cocaine. It doesn’t matter whether this hypothesis is factually verifiable. It isn’t. What matters is whether the story is persuasive and suggestive.
afegit per ozzer | editaNew York Times, ZACHARY LAZAR (Oct 23, 2014)
 

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On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years.

Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of charactersassassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghostsA Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s. Brilliantly inventive and stunningly ambitious, this novel is a revealing modern epic that will secure Marlon James' place among the great literary talents of his generation.

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