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Book Information: Book of Jamaica, the

Book of Jamaica, the (1980) [Novel]
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In The Book of Jamaica Russell Banks explores the complexities of political life in the Caribbean and its ever-present racial conflicts. His narrator, a thirty-five year old college professor from New Hampshire, goes to Jamaica to write a novel and soon becomes embroiled in the struggles between whites and blacks. He is especially interested in an ancient tribe called the Maroons, descendants of the Ashanti, who had been enslaved by the Spanish and then fought the British in a hundred-year war. Despite this history of oppression, the Maroons have managed to maintain a relatively autonomous existence in Jamaica. Partly out of guilt and an intellectual sense of social responsibility, Bank's narrator gets involved in reuniting two clans who have been feuding for generations. Unfortunately, his attempt ends in disaster, and the narrator must deal with his feelings of alienation, isolation, and failure.
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Original title: The Book of Jamaica
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionRegional Interest

Edition #1: The Book of Jamaica

The Book of Jamaica (1980)
Edition Details:

Language: English

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Manifested in:

The Book of Jamaica (1996)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780060977078
Pages: 336

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