June 1, 2012

1 Minute Book Review: Kingston Noir

Name of the book: Kingston Noir

Author: Colin Channer, Editor

Publisher: Akashic Books

What's the book about? "Original stories by Marlon James, Kwame Dawes, Patricia Powell, Colin Channer, Marcia Douglas, Leone Ross, Kei Miller, Christopher John Farley, Ian Thomson, Thomas Glave, and Chris Abani. From Trench Town to Half Way Tree to Norbrook to Portmore and beyond, the stories of Kingston Noir shine light into the darkest corners of this fabled city."

Why am I reading the book? Kingston Noir introduces a new genre of writing into Jamaican literature, and I was interested in seeing how the writers would handle the classic noir plots with private investigators, plainclothes policemen, and victims of circumstance. I could say I was surprised, but I would be lying. Colin Channer is to be congratulated for bringing together these remarkable writers whose stories transcend the de rigueur cynicism of the genre to reveal  homicidal class conflicts, homophobia and hypocrisies in the badass capital of the world.

Quote from the book: 

"Yes, I am a fat man, but don't sorry for me. In Jamaica a woman like a big man. She can see he is prosperous, and that he can be in charge. People call you "boss" before they even know who you are. "Big man," "Boss," "Officer," "King," and my favorite, "My Lord." When a woman call you, "My Lord," that is a sweetness."

"My Lord" by Kwame Dawes

Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Noir-Akashic-Colin-Channer/dp/1617750743/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338385951&sr=1-1


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