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Riassunto: Jamaican-born novelist and sociologist Erna Brodber describes Myal as "an exploration of the links between the way of life forged by the people of two points of the black diaspora the Afro-Americans and the Afro-Jamaicans." Operating on many literary levels thematically, linguistically, stylistically it is the story of women's cultural and spiritual struggle in colonial Jamaica.
The novel opens at the beginning of the 20th century with a community gathering to heal the mysterious illness of a young woman, Ella, who has returned to Jamaica after an unsuccessful marriage abroad. The Afro-Jamaican religion myal, which asserts that good has the power to conquer all, is invoked to heal Ella, who has been left "zombified" and devoid of any black soul. Ella, who is light skinned enough to pass for white, has suffered a breakdown after her white American husband produced a black-face minstrel show based on the stories of her village and childhood. This cultural appropriation is one of a series Ella encountered in her life, and parallels the ongoing theft of the labor and culture of colonized peoples for imperial gain and pleasure.
The novel's rich, vivid language and vital characters earned it the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Canada and the Caribbean. The novel links nicely with Brodber's coming-of-age story, Jane & Louisa Will Soon Come Home, also from Waveland Press, for its similar images, themes, and specific Jamaican cultural references to colonialism, religion, slavery, gender, and identity. Both novels are Brodber's way of telling stories outside of published history to point out the whitewashing and distortion of black history through religion and colonialism.
Titles of related interest from Waveland Press: Brodber, Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home (ISBN 9781478622840); Hodge, Crick Crack, Monkey (ISBN 9781478606598); Lovelace, The Wine of Astonishment (ISBN 9781478611271); and Warner-Vieyra, Juletane (ISBN 9781478611783).
Review: "A great way to expose Afro-Caribbean spirituality in all its richness and depth to outsiders. Myal does better than all the theorizing about diasporic African cultures. Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home pairs favorably with Myal and compels the reader to reassess Caribbean stereotypes often perpetuated by a philistine Western media." --Biodun Ogundayo, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford
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Descrizione libro New Beacon Books Ltd. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Codice libro della libreria G0901241865I3N00
Descrizione libro New Beacon Bks, 1992. Rustica. Condizione libro: Como Nuevo. 1. número de colección: 0 Inglés 111 páginas / pages. Codice libro della libreria OJANGUREN106781
Descrizione libro New Beacon Books Ltd, 1989. Soft cover. Condizione libro: Good. 0901241865. Codice libro della libreria 159247
Descrizione libro New Beacon, London/Port of Spain, 1988. Softcover. Condizione libro: NF. Back cover stickers. Novel of Jamaican life, by the respected sociologist and poet. Signature bound. Light book may require less postage. 111 . pages. Codice libro della libreria 1060735
Descrizione libro New Beacon Books Ltd, 1989. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good+. London, England. Trade Paperback in Very Good condition, a solid binding with sparse underlining. Moderate glossy covers. Jamaican fiction. ; 7.64 X 5.04 X 0.47 inches; 112 pages. Codice libro della libreria 19250
Descrizione libro New Beacon Books Ltd, London, United Kingdom, 1989. Soft Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. 111 pages. Glossy, bright card cover; square uncreased spine; fresh pages. Rubbing to corners with tiny tip curl/crease affecting upper corner pages. Second novel by Jamaican novelist and sociologist . Codice libro della libreria C700982
Descrizione libro New Beacon, 1988. Soft cover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Inscribed First Edition, First Printing (Paperback) of the second novel by the contemporar Jamaican writer Erna Brodber. Inscribed by Erna Brodber to a previous owner on the title page. 111 pages. A bit of tanning at edges, minimal sign of previous use.i. Signed by Author(s). Codice libro della libreria 008873
Descrizione libro New Beacon Books Ltd, 1989. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P020901241865
Descrizione libro New Beacon Books Ltd, 1989. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110901241865
Descrizione libro New Beacon Books Ltd, 1989. Paperback. Condizione libro: Like New. Codice libro della libreria P010901241865