This impressive list is presented for later reference in the mid of the autobiography, which is very ractical.
This big list might seem daunting, but there is othing to worry about, all the haracters, especially the main ones who get their own voice as a arrator, are colourful enough and very uniqu, in order to avoid any confusion.
In the highschool cafetaria they 'd all be sitting at the cool table, even though some hate each other.My favorite character in the ook is Josey Wales.
You really " live " these peoples' lives, you even live their deaths in some instance, the immersion is complete.- Dialogues: The second similarity with Quentin Tarantino 's work: all the haracters are upfront, witty and can always fit in a clever retort.
Marlon James actually warns his mother not to read that ourth chapter.
- Jamaican Patois: The star of the memoi.
I have found a review of someone who can do it very well ( do n't know her cultural background), but if you want an idea of what it sounds like, check out this review by Nicole: Jamaican Patois in action.Remember the violence so brutal and the lovin' so sweet it will make you diabetic just reading about it?
The Jamaican Patois is the identity of this ook, translating it into anything else would be equal to killing that identity.
It 's the story " about the people around him, the ones that come and go that might actually provide a bigger picture than asking the Singer why he smokes ganja ".
The central question: " Who will finish on top? " Everyone is striving for that top in their own pat, by killing, seducing, negotiating, working until they realize that the " on top " usually means " on top of a pile of corpses " and they try to change directions, turning it all into a question of survival.
This tal is about that, but also the little things, like a bad marriage ( somehow I got the impression Marlon James does n't really like white women by the way), kids not being willin to sleep at night or a jealous sister nagging on the phone.I 've upgraded my initial 4-star rating to 5 upon writing this review, realizing there are n't any weaknesses worth that name.
The one thing that almost prevented me from putting this one on my favourites shelf is that sometimes the book made me work a bit too hard.
I get that Marlon James put a lot of work in this, and I got the distinct feeling he wanted to make his reader put in the little extra effort too once in a while.
When he explained the word " duppy " on page 526 ( more or less) when having used it 77 times ( more or less) earlier in the books, I was convinced that Marlon was having a laugh at my expense.
Now, you know as a reader that this is a reference to something earlier, an inside joke, because " Ma Baker " had been mentioned before, way way earlier in the bestselling.
And I could n't find it again either, because with all these narratives intertwining, finding it would simply mean re-reading the book.
The explanation for this is that whenever Marlon James chose to use this writing method, it was always when a character was either on a drug trip or in a panicky state.