· Augustown Ü Download by ð Kei Miller

· Augustown Ü Download by ð Kei Miller From The Winner Of The Forward Prize, Augustown Is A Magical And Haunting Novel Set In The Underbelly Of JamaicaMa Taffy May Be Blind But She Sees Everything So When Her Great Nephew Kaia Comes Home From School In Tears, What She Senses Sends A Deep Fear Running Through Her While They Wait For His Mama To Come Home From Work, Ma Taffy Recalls The Story Of The Flying Preacherman And A Great Thing That Did Not Happen A Poor Suburban Sprawl In The Jamaican Heartland, Augustown Is A Place Where Many Things That Should Happen Don T, And Plenty Of Things That Shouldn T Happen Do For The Story Of Kaia Leads Back To Another Momentous Day In Jamaican History, The Birth Of The Rastafari And The Desire For A Better Life The writing in this book will leave you breathless Just exquisite prose I just turned the last page and I immediately started reading the beginning of the book again I wanted to both go over some scenes in this book that I was little confused or maybe befuddled about, but also revisit the lyrical prose This book reminded me a little of The Fishermen by Obioma Claire of the Sea Light by Danticat and some others One critic compared the writing to Garcia M rquez, whom I ve never read, but certainly aware of the high praise for such a revered author I came so close to taking this back to the library, unread, and I m so glad I didn t A book I will be thinking about quite a bit.
There is very little doubt in my mind that Augustown is brilliant It is such a simple tale and yet so complex in the moods and emotions evoked He showcases that what happens the event is not the story What happens is only the face or the cover The story, the reverberations, the impact, the undercurrents, the culture, the resentment, the simmering anger, the privilege, the inequities all of these things and are percolating in communities Flowing, growing, changing It s all fluid Miller ostensibly a poet cum novelist brings an artistic bright light on what in less skilled hands would be pedestrian and heavy handed Miller shows and doesn t tell in a beautiful, poetic light This is one of those books that should be read than once to capture th



What is Augustown about Here s the author, speaking through one of his characters Look, this isn t magic realism This is not another story about superstitious island people and their primitive beliefs No You don t get off that easy This is a story about people as real as you are, and as real as I once was before I became a bodiless thing floating up here in the sky Intrigued How could you not be This book is simply magnificent, a testimony to where the creative mind can take us and an affirmation of why I read The characters are fresh and original, from the self named Ma Taffy who was blinded by rats but still sees plenty, to the sniveling and self important schoolteacher, Mr Saint Josephs, who takes it upon himself one day to cut off the dreadlocks of a little boy named Kaia a name that literally means home Why does the act of cutting off dread An inverted gold crown on a jet background graces my cover of Kei Miller s 2016 novel Augustown and the fiction points to the couple of days in the 20th C when the power structure inverted in a small town in Jamaica A flying preacher, Alexander Bedward, is instrumental in inspiring the beginnings of the Rastafarian movement in 1920 s Jamaica That story is wrapped around a current parallel story of Gina, the clever girl some thought would also fly the stories bounce against each other like echoes Power and powerlessness entwine in this novel.
A town is populated with memorable figures like blind Ma Taffy, gun and drug runner Marlon, the dread headed part white child Kaia born out of wedlock, the childless spinster Si

Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978 He read English at the University of the West Indies and completed an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University His work has appeared in The Caribbean Writer, Snow Monkey, Caribbean Beat and Obsydian III His first collection of short fiction, The Fear of Stones, was short listed in 2007 for the Commonwealth Writers First Book Prize His