Marlon James: The Book of Night Women (1403 words)

Camille Isaacs (Ocad University)
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The Book of Night Women (2009) is Jamaican author Marlon James’ second published novel and demonstrates many of the characteristics that would later land him the Man Booker Prize (2015) for A History of Seven Killings (2014), namely an interest in under-represented histories, the use of the vernacular (Jamaican patois), psychological portraits of those engaging in often unspeakable acts, and what some consider a gratuitous use of violence. This novel is significant in appreciating the breadth of James’ oeuvre and what are developing as consistent themes in his work.

The Book of Night Women details the life of Lilith, a mulatto slave on the Montpelier Estate from 1785 to 1819. Lilith has green eyes, the …

Citation: Isaacs, Camille. "The Book of Night Women". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 June 2016 [, accessed 26 October 2020.]

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