The Children of Sisyphus, Orlando Patterson

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Hmmmmm…I’m torn. First published in 1964, this book is written well, very well. The patois is accessible, true and accurate. The narrative however is unquestionably grim, so you’ll have to be in the right frame of mind. Set in the slums of Kingston some time ago, the story circles on three characters who desperately seek a way of escaping their sad and grubby existence. They never make it! The author – Patterson, starts you off on a low and takes you even lower. If you’re into Rastafarianism or Revivalism then this may appeal to you. I found a copy of this book in my mother’s loft in a state of decay – needless to say, I shall be placing it back!

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