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John Crow's Devil

by Marlon James - £8.99  Oneworld Publications (2015)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781780748498 | ISBN 10: 1780748493

With language as taut as classic works by Cormac McCarthy and a richness reminiscent of early Toni Morrison, this stunning debut is set in James’s native Jamaica.
 
On a day beginning with a bad omen - black vultures, locally called John Crows, crash through the church windows – a man calling himself Apostle York “set pon Pastor Bligh like when you beat a mangy dog” and evicts the drunken pastor. So begins a fire-and-brimstone power mongering that sets the village on a path to destruction. James combines evangelical ideas about spiritual warfare with the folk traditions of voodoo and magic, producing a transfixing blend of horror and metaphor.
 
The result is a mesmerising treatise on the nature of good and evil, faith and madness, guilt and forgiveness.

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