[epub] Small Island Author Andrea Levy – Sisnlaw.co.uk

Small Island Hortense Joseph arrives in London from Jamaica inwith her life in her suitcase, her heart broken, her resolve intact Her husband, Gilbert Joseph, returns from the war expecting to be received as a hero, but finds his status as a black man in Britain to be second class His white landlady, Queenie, raised as a farmer s daughter, befriends Gilbert, and later Hortense, with innocence and courage, until the unexpected arrival of her husband, Bernard, who returns from combat with issues of his own to resolve Told in these four voices, Small Island is a courageous novel of tender emotion and sparkling wit, of crossings taken and passages lost, of shattering compassion and of reckless optimism in the face of insurmountable barriers in short, an encapsulation of the immigrant s life



10 thoughts on “Small Island

  1. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    Books like this are why I study English literature at university, books like this are why I read so ferociously Ferocious reading Now that s an interesting image But, honestly, I m careful when I read I wouldn t want to scratch those pages But, I m digressing here This book is an eye opener it is an excellent teacher of part of English cultural history Could you imagine fi


  2. Bionic Jean Bionic Jean says:

    Almost seventy years ago, on 22nd June 1948, the passenger ship HMTEmpire Windrushsailed into London s Tilbury docks Several of these large troop ships had been acquired at the end of the Second World War by the British government, and all were renamedEmpire , followed by the name of a river in this case a little river in Oxfordshire But the wordWindrushcame to symbolise someth


  3. Christine Christine says:

    I loved this book, but I realize that I am very biased because I am Jamaican, and have many relatives who emigrated to the UK from Jamaica, so the characters were immediately real and recognizable to me Some reviewers have complained that her use of dialect was heavy handed, but from my perspective, she actually tones down Jamaican Patois also called Jamaican Creole significantly to


  4. Sawsan Sawsan says:

    Small Island is the fourth novel of the British author Andrea Levy, portray the life of the Jamaican immigrants in England after WW2, and their struggle to establish new life in a society of white majority a story of post war migration, narrated from four different perspectives two white and black couples Levy handled the themes of empire, colonialism and war, focussing on the topics of


  5. Nandakishore Varma Nandakishore Varma says:

    No man is an island Said John Donne But the reality is, everyone is At least in their minds That is what this novel tells us.This is the story of four people Hortense Roberts, a teacher Gilbert Joseph, an airman both Jamaicans and the British couple Victoria Queenie Bligh and the bank clerk Bernard Bligh But it also the story of two nations, England and the West Indies, as reflected in the ve


  6. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    I wanted to enjoy this book because I am a West Indian now and did the reverse journey first world UK to backward little Caribbean island, but the journey was a lotenjoyable than the book.I finished it by an act of will and apart from odd scenes of violence or lasciviousness, it didn t hold my attention It was such an easy read that the pages flowed into each other leaving no trace on my brain at


  7. Angela Angela says:

    Fantastic novel, a real eye opener Small Island is a novel that connects continents in wartime It takes the reader from Jamaica to England and on to India in the days of the second World War Four main characters connect the dots A Gilbert, a young Jamaican who joins the RAF to fight Hitler but finds himself fighting racism instead Queenie, a young white woman who takes in Jamaican Lodgers her husband B


  8. Paul Paul says:

    Mixed feelings about this one read very easily and the historical context is one that interests me However it did not really do what I thought it set out do, which was to chronicle the early years of the Windrush generation There are four narrators Hortense and Gilbert from Jamaica and Queenie and Bernard who are English although Bernard feels like a bit of an add on, arriving in the last quarter of the boo


  9. Antonomasia Antonomasia says:

    4.5 Middlebrow fiction as it should be done entertaining, readable but not without substance a book you still look forward to picking up when you re using most of your spare time for things other than reading Levy makes this kind of writing look easy, but there must be a lot of paddling going on under the surface to make the novel glide so smoothly No surprise that this was made into a BBC drama it certainly has


  10. Christine Christine says:

    I m trying to figure out my reaction to this book, other than the fact that I loved it I have a hard time putting into words my feelings about this book Small Island is the story of four people in the aftermath of WW II Levy is concerned with the experience of immigrants and racial issues in post War London.I dont think the story could have been told in a shorter span, and it is one of those that you understand why i


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