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Fiction - Romance - ISBN: 075530750X, 1843954931, 0755325656, 0755307518, 0755307496, 0312424671

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Excellent

Very readable

I didn't want it to end!

********************************************* ********* Update: 26th January 2005. It has just been announced that, in addition to winning the Orange prize, Small Island is also this year's winner of the Whitbread prize. It was judged to be "hilarious" - which is not quite how I thought of it...

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Excellent

“A Small World”

published 15/03/2012

Great characters, well-written and engaging

None for me

I had been meaning to read Andrea Levy's award winning Small Island for years. It had won the Orange Prize for fiction and the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year award in 2004. Whilst I have often enjoyed past winners, sometimes I haven't, and this does give a weight of expectation to a book...

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Excellent

You may learn more than you thought you knew.

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This is a fiction book which could quite easily be non fiction. Based mainly in Britain, partly in Jamaica it encompasses the difficulties two couples from both of these Islands could have experienced during the post war period. There is laughter, love, ignorance, friendship, sadness and hatred...

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Good

“Small Minded Small Island?”

published 27/04/2006

Historical details, clever method of narration

Poorly developed, can be patronising

Andrea Levy's "Small Island" uses the recollections of four central characters against the background of the first wave of immigration from the Caribbean in the years after the Second World War to tell a story of racism, prejudice and, ultimately, hope for the future. The story weaves between the...

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Excellent

engaging, storyline, also film on it, literature

long, boring in parts

--Introduction-- Small Island is a dramatic novel written byh Andrea Levy set in Post World War Two and World War Two, following the lives of three main characters; Queenie, Hortense and Gilbert. The chapters vary but they are split into before and the current World War Two time, they are also...

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Excellent

published 12/05/2007

Excellent picture of racial and social relations and tensions in war time Britain. Very amusing with well developed and believable characters. Charting all the highs and lows of their very complex relationships. Especially interesting (and funny) is the ideal of England that has been carried abroad. Highly recommended this is definately a book to loose yourself in .

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Excellent

published 30/05/2008

Wonderful re-creation of England in the 1940-50sand the different habits, tensions and attitudes of the time. Good characterisation, simple plot, all enhanced by the creation of that 1950s atmosphere

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