Novel Monday – A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

Hello again!

Last weeks novel was A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel by Marlon James.

So, I’m a bit embarrassed to admit I spent the entire week trying and failing to read this book. It tested my 50 page rule: reading 50 pages before I decide not to struggle on with a book. No matter how I tried, I didn’t make it even that paltry 50 pages into this 704 page tome! Let me explain:

  • I took this to the beach with me- and stared at the waves.
  • I took it out on my deck with my morning tea – and played with the dog.
  • I took it to bed knowing I wasn’t tired – and managed to fall asleep.
  • I sat in my living room with everything turned off, forgoing even my regular reading music, so I could focus – and stared at the ceiling.

I think it might have gone better if I was Jamaican, or a history scholar with a concentration on Jamaica. I might have been able to get farther, to understand more. But even then the writing and patois might have given me a struggle.

Final thought: Any novel that needs a character reference list at go is going to be a trial. Prepare accordingly.

1 out 5. I just couldn’t read it.

I’ll see you next week for another novel, hopefully more of a success.

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