Levy's writing is realistic and vividly descriptive.
It is interesting to note that in the novel much of the racism colonial soldiers have to deal with come from white American GI stationed in England.
It jumped around too much with too many characters, and I found I just didn't care about any of them.
Small island has more than one meaning in this book. During, and shortly after World War II, some Jamaicans leave their small island for the Mother Country of England. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janie Junebug
The book did not flow as I had hoped. To many repetitions and unnecessary detail which actually made it hard to follow at times.Published 2 months ago by RockCity
Well-written account of life in London during and just after WWII, with a clear view lof social and class relations, racial prejudice, and the struggle of black immigrants to find... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dorothea Shefer-Vanson
This explains history of black Jamaicans as they moved to England and tried to integrate. levy brings characters to life. You can feel their pain and joy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert McConnell
It was difficult to wade through this book, and I was upset that Hortense never learned the baby was fathered by her Michael Roberts.Published 2 months ago by Jerry Jane Payne
What a beautiful book. Andrea Levy's way of writing as if presenting the differerent characters, is delightful. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Annette Swart
Excellent story telling, with a lot of insight into race relations during WWII England - and a view of Jamaica, its population and mores during the same period..Published 3 months ago by Lois Ben-David
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Small Island has incisive insights on the finer points or the colony-mother country relationship and the racism that often suffuses it;... Read more