A Tall History of Sugar

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      * A Tall History of Sugar. By Curdella Forbes. Oct. 2019. 372p. Akashic, $28.95 (9781617757518); e book, $28.99 (9781617757815). Rachel, a childless Jamaican fisherman's wife, discovers a baby [...]
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      Copyright 2019 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
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      WILLIAMS, L. A Tall History of Sugar. Booklist, [s. l.], v. 116, n. 1, p. 56, 2019. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.601763615&custid=s3443875. Acesso em: 12 ago. 2020.
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      Williams L. A Tall History of Sugar. Booklist. 2019;116(1):56. Accessed August 12, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.601763615&custid=s3443875
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      Williams, L. (2019, September 1). A Tall History of Sugar. Booklist, 116(1), 56.
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      Williams, Lesley. 2019. “A Tall History of Sugar.” Booklist, September 1. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.601763615&custid=s3443875.
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      Williams, L. (2019) ‘A Tall History of Sugar’, Booklist, 1 September, p. 56. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.601763615&custid=s3443875 (Accessed: 12 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Williams, L 2019, ‘A Tall History of Sugar’, Booklist, vol. 116, no. 1, p. 56, viewed 12 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Williams, Lesley. “A Tall History of Sugar.” Booklist, vol. 116, no. 1, Sept. 2019, p. 56. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.601763615&custid=s3443875.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Williams, Lesley. “A Tall History of Sugar.” Booklist, September 1, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.601763615&custid=s3443875.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Williams L. A Tall History of Sugar. Booklist [Internet]. 2019 Sep 1 [cited 2020 Aug 12];116(1):56. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.601763615&custid=s3443875


Booklist Reviews 2019 September #1

*Starred Review* Rachel, a childless Jamaican fisherman's wife, discovers a baby in a basket, wrapped in swaddling clothes, whom she names Moshe. Milky white with African features, hair blonde and straight in front and black and kinky in back, Moshe eventually forms a mysterious bond with dark-skinned Arrienne Christie, the "princess" of a prominent family cursed with a fiery birthmark on their bottoms which become inflamed during the sugar cane harvest. The two grow up along with their country as Jamaica struggles toward independence in 1962. Forbes' novel, rich in metaphors and biblical and fairy-tale allusions, explores the cyclical nature of birth and death, and the overwhelming and terrifying power of love. It is also a forceful critique of colonialism, peopled with white Britons lamenting the lost "pearl of the Empire" as Jamaicans are literally poisoned by cane sugar, its principal export. This, too, makes the point: as the fields are burned clear of underbrush, the black soot "floats through windows and doorways, soiling chenille bedspreads and the pristine white of lace doilies artfully strewn on tables." Born to this complicated heritage, Moshe and Arrienne discover their voices in art and social protest as Jamaica grapples with independence and identity. A fascinating post-colonial blend of romance, social history, and myth. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 June #3

In her immersive modern fairy tale, Forbes (A Permanent Freedom) unspools an unlikely love story as well as a haunting, hypnotic piece of postcolonial Jamaican history. A strange newborn baby is found in a basket in 1958 and adopted. Ghostly pale and fragile, with hair that is part blond, part black, Moshe Fisher is deemed an outsider by his peers until, on his first day of elementary school, he meets Arrienne Christie, a slightly older girl who shares his intellectual aptitude and aversion to speech. Arrienne is also the novel's narrator, interjecting and opining with verve as she and Moshe come of age—she a burgeoning political mind, he a talented visual artist. Their slow-burning love story is tested when Moshe's desire to learn more about his biological father takes him to Britain. Arrienne's recount moves in hopscotch fashion, but it's driven forward by her enchanting voice, to which Forbes brings an electric lyricism. Her dialogue beautifully captures the lilt and variety of Jamaican patois: "If yu lef outa dis house tonight, don't come back, stay by yu fadda." Forbes's ambitious, fantastic tale will appeal to fans of multigenerational sagas . (Oct.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.