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THE BOOK OF NIGHT WOMEN By: Marlon James March 11, 2010

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.

     It is a very difficult task for a writer to pull off dialect in their dialogue, but Marlon James does so in THE BOOK OF NIGHT WOMEN with a skill not seen since Zadie Smith’s novel WHITE TEETH. If you are looking for a book discussion selection, this is an excellent candidate. The story takes place on a 1700s – 1800’s Jamaican sugar plantation, and is written from the point of view of Lilith, a beautiful green-eyed mulatto slave. This very brutal, heartbreaking, and realistic account reads smoothly and quickly. The dialect does not distract, rather it helps inject the reader completely into the setting. This powerful novel is a perfect choice if you want to read a book that will stay in your mind and your heart. It is also a wonderful example of how to write realistic dialogue and develop strong characters for those who now pen, or aspire to someday write stories of their own.



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