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Small Island

by Andrea Levy

Headline | March 11, 2004 | Trade Paperback

Small Island is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5.
Following the end of the Second World War, Queenie Bligh has taken into her house Jamaican tenants Gilbert and Hortense Joseph. In this delicately wrought and profoundly moving tale of their lives interweaving, Andrea Levy handles the weighty themes of empire, prejudice, war and love, with a lightness of touch and a generosity of spirit that challenges and uplifts the reader.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 7.81 × 6 × 1.38 in

Published: March 11, 2004

Publisher: Headline

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0755307518

ISBN - 13: 9780755307517

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent I absolutey loved this book.
Date published: 2012-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Serious Issues with a Light Hearted Twist The book Small Island paints a vivid picture of Jamaica, London and India during the first world war and provides some insight as to what it must have been like for Jamaican and English people. The book deals with issues of how war effects people who are fighting and those who are left at home. It also looks in depth at issues of racism at that time. While the topic of the story is serious, the characters are often not. The author does an amazing job at character development for Hortense, Gilbert, Queenie and Bernard, as well as the supporting characters. They are all slightly ridiculous and often bumble along making one mistake after another. Despite this, they occaisionally manage to make real connections with one another. A page turner that will make you laugh and cry!
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Well Sketched Story This book is written from the narration point of four alternating main characters. Some of these narrators are much more engaging that others but overall the book flows well and I thought that it handled the subject matter in a realistic and engaging way. The "patois" did not bother me - I thought it was well done and gave the characters colour/background. We did it in a book club and it was a good discussion.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Novel 2004 Orange prize winner like past orange prize winner this novel will not disappoint. I loved the characters of Hortense and Gilbert their perceptions of England the mother country and the disapointments that it brings upon arrival. I loved the strength of female characters in this novel. This is a definite must read.
Date published: 2005-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from only one complaint it's me again....one thing i thought she could have done way better is get the patios written better, it wus horrible!!!!! it wus like a an english person trying to chat patios...FIX THAT!!! luv'd the book anyway....i am definately a fan
Date published: 2005-11-12

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Small Island

Small Island

by Andrea Levy

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 7.81 × 6 × 1.38 in

Published: March 11, 2004

Publisher: Headline

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0755307518

ISBN - 13: 9780755307517

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Following the end of the Second World War, Queenie Bligh has taken into her house Jamaican tenants Gilbert and Hortense Joseph. In this delicately wrought and profoundly moving tale of their lives interweaving, Andrea Levy handles the weighty themes of empire, prejudice, war and love, with a lightness of touch and a generosity of spirit that challenges and uplifts the reader.