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Brown Girl in the Ring Paperback – July 1, 1998
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Brown Girl in the Ring had everything. Smooth, yet urgent prose. Heart-stopping action. A thriving Caribbean-Vodoun culture in Canada. Soul-deadening urban decay. Vibrant Caribbean speech. Evil that makes your skin crawl. Using the power of the old ways of her ancestors, hero Ti-Jeanne must come of age in near-future Toronto by confronting the forces that threaten to overcome her neighborhood, her family, and her life. Even though I had read this book nearly 4 years ago, it is still in my head. It was and still is that good.
More that 3 decades ago, Octavia E. Butler revolutionized the heart of science-fantasy writing, setting tough new standards of excellence. With Brown Girl in the Ring, Nalo Hopkinson has met that challenge admirably. I know Butler must be proud.
The world of _Brown Girl_ is frighteningly plausible--it is the logical conclusion of our current suburban sprawl and consequent urban decay. Here, even the city government has fled to the suburbs, and no one is left in the inner city but the poor. There is no electricity, no sewer system. You can't get into the hospital unless you are wealthy. And Rudy, the diabolical crime boss of Toronto, is selling organs to these hospitals--and let's just say the donors are less than willing.
And in this city lives Ti-Jeanne (Little Jeanne), a new mother, staying with her wise grandmother, Gros-Jeanne (Big Jeanne). Gros-Jeanne wants to pass on her knowledge to Ti-Jeanne, but Ti-Jeanne only grudgingly learns herbal skills, and wants nothing to do with Gros-Jeanne's other talent--the practice of Afro-Caribbean magic. Then one night they hold a ritual to help Ti-Jeanne's deadbeat ex-boyfriend, and the spirits tell Ti-Jeanne that it is her destiny to stop Rudy's evil.
We are sucked in, as Ti-Jeanne's course becomes more irrevocable, as she comes to accept the orishas, and as her ex-boyfriend's fear and drug addiction drive him into worse and worse trouble. Ti-Jeanne's only hope lies in her wits and in half-remembered bits of magical lore. An engrossing read; however, don't buy this if you object to violence. There is a good bit of that.
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I'm not finished reading this yet, but so far it's quite good. There is definitely some disturbing imagery, and violence done to children, so just be aware of that.Published 29 days ago by Alex K.
Moves at a quick pace, and fairly gripping. An interesting take on the post-apocalyptic dystopia themes that are so popular these days (eg: the Divergent and Mockingjay series)... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amber
I loved the flow and pace of the story. Everything fit and the characters were real. We need more stories like this.Published 1 month ago by L. Dunagan
Going to read everything Nalo Hopkinson has written, now. Fast read. Great combination of authentic community and supernatural shock-- in both the character interactions and the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D_K
The mix of African descended religion and near-future apocalyptic cityscape is really fresh and shows a ton of research. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Kranz
I like to point out that within the traditional boundaries of science
fiction and fantasy, nonsensical concepts like time travel, faster-than-light
travel, dragons and... Read more
I read this for my Supernatural in African American Literature course. I recommend this to anyone looking for an interesting spin on the tradition science fiction genre. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Maisie Edwards
This is the best Post-apocalyptic Carribean Canadian book I have ever read. Sure, it's also the only one. But that voice certainly made this book a unique read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by B. King
I adored reading this book! The writing was poignant and kept from distracting me - that is, it held the right amount of words in the right tempo to keep me engaged and keep from... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Zofia Zbiegiel