- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Akashic Books (September 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617751812
- ISBN-13: 978-1617751813
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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Montegue Kobbé has structured his novel’s events non-linearly. While starting the story in medias res – on the sloop heading towards St. Kitts – the deplorable conditions on the island (no electricity, no ports, no telephones, etc., the main reasons for the Anguillans’ rebellious actions) are revealed through the backstories of the group leaders. While these narratives are interesting, the non-linearity in the plot can be distracting. Similarly, the unfolding of the events leading up to the sailing requires careful attention to keep abreast of the story’s timeline. While the novel is well written in third-person omniscient, the dialogue in Caribbean-accented speech tends to slow down the reading. However, those persevering with the book will be rewarded with deeper insight into the political and economic turmoil engulfing that region.
This review first appeared in the print magazine, Historical Novel Review Issue 66 (Nov 2013)
Waheed Rabbani is a historical fiction novelist whose books are available on Amazon.