Small Island

by Andrea Levy | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 075530750x Global Overview for this book
Registered by earthcaroleanne of Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on 11/23/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by earthcaroleanne from Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Journal Entry 2 by earthcaroleanne at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, November 23, 2017
It is 1948, and England is recovering from a war. But at 21 Nevern Street, London, the conflict has only just begun. Queenie Bligh's neighbours do not approve when she agrees to take in Jamaican lodgers, but with her husband, Bernard, not back from the war, what else can she do? Gilbert Joseph was one of the several thousand Jamaican men who joined the RAF to fight against Hitler. Returning to England as a civilian he finds himself treated very differently, Gilbert's wife Hortense, too, had longed to leave Jamaica and start a better life in England. But when she joins him she is shocked to find London shabby, decrepit and far from the city of her dreams. Even Gilbert is not the man she thought he was. Small Island explores a point in England's past when the country began to change. In this delicately wrought and profoundly moving novel, Andrea Levy handles the weighty themes of empire, prejudice, war and love with a superb lightness of touch and generosity of spirit.

This has taken me months to read – I put it aside twice but I’m glad I’ve finished it. It was quite slow in the first half and I enjoyed it more from Bernard’s war story onwards. I’m really not sure how to describe how I felt about this book and am struggling to write a review. I tried looking at other reviews to see if I agreed with anyone but found most people on amazon were just repeating the story.

Journal Entry 3 by earthcaroleanne at Kilburn, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Friday, August 31, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (9/1/2018 UTC) at Kilburn, Derbyshire United Kingdom


Adding to my 10th Bookiversary bookbox.

Journal Entry 4 by wingmrsmontaguewing at Kilburn, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Received from earthcaroleanne as part of her 10th BookCrossing anniversary celebrations! Many thanks!

Journal Entry 5 by wingmrsmontaguewing at Royal Derby Hospital in Derby, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Monday, February 04, 2019

Released 7 mos ago (2/4/2019 UTC) at Royal Derby Hospital in Derby, Derbyshire United Kingdom


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