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Redemption in Indigo: a novel Paperback – July 6, 2010
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I loved the first several chapters. For me, the story began to unravel somewhere in the middle. For one thing, the use of magic seemed excessive and injudicious. The magical characters (djombis) flit through time and space, foretell the future, erase the memories of those they encounter, conjure great wealth, disguise themselves as animals and insects, shape shift, etc. etc. When characters can do just about anything, I stop taking them seriously. One of these characters confesses that he can't "read minds." Yet, he does everything else. Shortly thereafter this same character tells in great detail what's going to become of a certain little boy. With these kinds of powers, it hardly matters if he can't read minds. The future's already known.
There's no real conflict in this story, partly because the magical characters are so overwhelming but also because it's hard to tell what some of the characters really want. We're told over and over what an extraordinary woman Paama is, but I wasn't feeling it. Certain plot elements are introduced, but not developed: the brooch, the dreaming pillow, the Sisters, even the chaos stick which is only used once. We never really get to see what it can do.
Yet the voice of the narrator is charming and the humor, at times, is delightful. And there's a compassionate spirit that permeates the book. But overall, for me, a frustrating read.
There's a small, but flourishing, group of Caribbean writers of African descent working in SFF at the moment, and I'm starting to read their work and, so far, finding it excellent. I very much enjoyed N.K. Jemison's first book, and this work of Karen Lord's is just as good. The language, for instance, is highly competent, more so than in all but a few books I read (like me, Lord has a degree in English language, and it shows). Even though it's told in the voice of a traditional storyteller, with the simplicity and directness of style that implies, it's a beautiful simplicity and directness. It's also flawlessly edited - meaning, most likely, that it was close to flawless when it was submitted.
The narrator's voice is very much present, saying things like "Perhaps I will tell you about it later, if we have the time." That's unusual in current writing, where the fashion is for a third-person narrative that tries to make the narrator disappear, and shows us the events from the perspective of the participants without quite using their first-person voices. (YA and urban fantasy are frequently exceptions, pulling out the full first-person perspective.) I found this evident narrator, displaying biases and assumptions openly, a refreshing change.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fascinating folk tale retold even better. Interesting magical tidbits and strange people add to the fascinating story of Paama. Read morePublished 9 months ago by A. A. Baldwin
I liked this book. the story and the characters are truly original and its not the type of narrative that Americans are often exposed to...just for that it gets a couple of starts. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Aleia Y Clark
Redemption in Indigo is a short novel inspired by African folklore. Paama has left her foolish and gluttonous husband, Ansige, and refuses to return to him. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kriti Godey
Very well written. Enjoyed the characters very much. Became a huge fan after reading this novel. I heard tiny echoes of Octavia Butler in her voice. Well done.Published 13 months ago by A. Topps-Harjo
wonderful story! Ms Lord is a master with words.
What a phenomenon this book was! A highly unexpected turn of events and themes after a somewhat familiar beginning. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Easy reading, great story, well writen, good plot. So this is a marvelous novel. I had a feeling that a sit somewhere middle of the market and was listening the local storytellerPublished 20 months ago by Eeva-Liisa Tenhunen
this is such a cool perspective, such a unique story that you must read it! I will look for more books from this author.Published on December 19, 2013 by Monica Sutter