Gloria

Gloria Finalist in Fiction for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean LiteratureJamaica Gloria Campbell is sixteen years old when a single violent act alters the course of her life forever Taking along her

  • Title: Gloria
  • Author: Kerry Young
  • ISBN: 9781620400753
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • Finalist in Fiction for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean LiteratureJamaica, 1938 Gloria Campbell is sixteen years old when a single violent act alters the course of her life forever Taking along her younger sister, she flees their hometown to forge a new life in Kingston But in a capital city awash with change, a black woman is still treated as a second class citizen.Finalist in Fiction for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean LiteratureJamaica, 1938 Gloria Campbell is sixteen years old when a single violent act alters the course of her life forever Taking along her younger sister, she flees their hometown to forge a new life in Kingston But in a capital city awash with change, a black woman is still treated as a second class citizen From a room in a boarding house and a job at a supply store, Gloria finds her way to a house of ill repute on the edge of the city, intrigued by the glamorous, financially independent women within.It is an unlikely place to meet the love of your life, but here she encounters Pao, a Chinatown racketeer and a loyal customer who will become something It is also an unlikely place to gain a passion for social justice, but it is one of the house s proprietors who instills in Gloria new ideas about the rights of women and all humankind, eventually propelling her to Cuba, where even greater change is underway, and where Gloria must choose between the life she has made for herself and the one that might be.Alive with the energy of a country at a crossroads, this is a story of love in many forms, and of Gloria s evolution from a frightened girl on the run to a woman fully possessed of her own power.

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    1. This is the second of Kerry Young’s trilogy of historical novels about twentieth century Jamaica. The first novel, Pao, focussed on race and colour. Gloria deals with the same story and characters, but deals with gender and sexuality. Young is on record as saying that she wants to show there are many Jamaicas and showing the political and social issues and their impact (including slavery and colonialism).“A hundred years ago they free the slave, but they nuh free the woman” The novel opens [...]

    2. Complete with horse drawn buggies and an Uncle system reminiscent of the one practiced within organized crime circles, author Kerry Young rewinds the hands of time and places the reader squarely in the middle of a pre-independent Jamaica. Early on, Gloria and her younger sister, Marcia, are left with no choice but to flee their rural Westmoreland roots and relocate to Kingston, after Gloria accidentally kills a man in the act of protecting her sister. Life in late-1930s Kingston is a trying expe [...]

    3. I managed to finish Gloria in less than a week and that is due to Kerry Young's magnificent writing style and interesting story line. I have read quite a bit of Caribbean literature and I know that some of the most popular contemporary fiction works have to deal with Haitian literature and literature pertaining to the Latinos. But Kerry Young really revitalized my interest in Jamaican literature and I am now on the hunt for more :) Though Kerry Young's Gloria is about Gloria, a Jamaican woman, s [...]

    4. Gloria is the story of Gloria Campbell, who was introduced in Young's first novel, Pao, as Pao's mistress. The book begins with a bit of her history from when she was fourteen (although we don't learn all the details until the end of the book) and then describes her life in Kingston, her working as a prostitute, and her meeting with Pao. From that point on, the novel basically presents the same story as the first novel, but from the perspective of Gloria, and we realize how much Pao never knew ( [...]

    5. Gloria's story covers nearly thirty years, from the horrifying murder at the novel's beginning to her discovery of a brother she never knew at its end. And in between is a series of hills and valleys,losses and gains. A runaway at sixteen, Gloria raises her younger sister Marcia on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica. They are shop girls and domestics--until the house across the street beckons with its lively Calypso blaring from the radio on the porch, the friendly women, Beryl and Sylvia, the m [...]

    6. Gloria is a rare find. There just aren't that many books that tell the story of a black woman from the Caribbean that weaves politics, poverty, and race (among many other themes). There are parts of this book that are alive with language. I love the use of patwa. Some minor characters, like Auntie, really brighten up the story. As the strory moved forward, the quality of writing was less consistent and frustrated my experience with this book. But that frustration may have been aggravated because [...]

    7. This book put me right back into the middle of my childhood on the island of Jamaica. Young captures what it is to be a Jamaican woman, as only one who has lived it can. An incredible piece of work, not to mention, a fine piece of literature from a Jamaican born author. I only hope that Kerry Young continues to write for our enjoyment.

    8. 4.5 stars. I adored this novel which is why it took me so long to finish. This was a slow yet engaging slow burner. I felt connected to all of the characters Young created in this novel. Although this book was about Gloria, the protagonist, Young developed many other characters with depth. This is the first Jamaican fiction novel I've read that explores the Chinese population and their impact to Jamaica. I loved the political aspect this book offered as it relates to economics, race, class, gend [...]

    9. I appreciate that I was able to enjoy this read; that said and done I have to throw in my two cents:As Joni E. Tada has stated "lust is the opposite of love" and so I disagree as far as 'all kinds of love 'in theContext of not listening to Love Who Is God and Who is also Holy Fire.I John 4v19+v2We love because He first loved us!2. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.Romans 8vOneThere is therefore now [...]

    10. As an accompaniment to her debut novel 'Pao', 'Gloria' is a must-read. Beautifully written, vivid character development and an introduction to an area of Caribbean history that is seriously under-emphasised.

    11. I had a hard time with the dialect of this one being used 100% of the time, it started to give me a bit of a headache and i just couldn't get into it or the characters. I gave up about 1/3 of the way through.

    12. As young teenagers in 1938, Gloria Campbell and her sister Marcia flee Jamaica's countryside for Kingston following a violent incident in their home. With few connections or skills, alone in an unfamiliar city, the sisters end up in a brothel run by a pair of strong women willing to take them in. Here Gloria meets Pao, a racketeer and enforcer in Chinatown, who soon becomes more than a customer. The changing political tides make it difficult for Gloria and Pao to be together, but encourage Glori [...]

    13. I very much enjoyed this book. It's a woman's story, the life of Gloria Campbell, a Jamaican in the mid twentieth century. The book is written in Gloria's voice, which includes her dialect, so reading it might take some getting used to. I, for one, loved the storytelling voice. This is a character-driven book. They all come to life through Gloria's eyes. What I like so much about Gloria is her clarity. She makes decisions, develops impressions of people and situations, moves through life. But sh [...]

    14. I discovered this book quite by accident to meet some very particular needs for a Reading Challenge I am in. I was looking for a book set in Jamaica, and the author's last name needed to begin with I or Y. I was also hoping to find an audio book, and I hit upon this little gem of a book. The book begins with 16 year old Gloria and her younger sister being assaulted in a shack . In the process Gloria kills the man , and she had her sister end up fleeing their small country village and moving to t [...]

    15. Dis is de story bout two girls weh from country and run weh to de big city after dem du sometin bad. Its written in patois, which is a little difficult to read, but bearable.Gloria and Marcia go to stay with "Auntie" where Gloria has to share her bed, and Marcia sleeps under the table. They do well to both get jobs, Gloria in a local store, and Marcia with a family, but they don't stay there for long. Soon the girls fall into "bad company" in the form of two local prostitutes, and are drawn into [...]

    16. This is more a 3.5 star read for me. I liked the story and although it depicted how life wasn't so great back then it wasn't too depressing to read. The only problem with this book is how it's written. I have no objection to books being written in the relevant native dialect but I don't feel the author succeeded in doing this very well in this book. I spent far too long trying to work out what was being said rather than concentrating on the story. Even my friend who is Jamaican found this diffic [...]

    17. Interesting book, but not my favorite. I think the main reason for this is was the way the dialog was written. I usually enjoy a book that includes passages written in the setting's "native" dialect, but using this all the way through the book kind of gave me a headache. I know that's ethnocentric of me, but when I read I hear characters' dialog in my head and it was like I was having to translate as I read. So, although this book wasn't overly long, it seemed much longer. And yes - I enjoy brai [...]

    18. Engaging characters and a colourfully depicted setting make this book well worth a read. Gloria herself is an exceptionally strong character, and her relationships with the two key men in her life are beautifully written. What stops this book getting a higher rating is the language. I enjoy reading passages and even whole books written in non-standard English, but something about the Jamaican patois used here prevented me from becoming fully engaged. * First Read Review*

    19. Pros:1. Unique time period & country - Jamaica from 1940s-1960s2. Populated with many relatable characters - readers can connect with at least one element of the storyCons:1. Dialect hard to follow at times - had to work harder to read than follow the story, so it made it less memorable2. Bumpy plottingI would recommended this book, though I think it would be best as an audiobook if the right narrator was foundC supplied by publisher via NetGalley

    20. I totally respect that the author is staying true to the dialect of the islandI do, but it makes for a hell of a difficult read.This is why I've dnf'd it:"We waiting there while Babs picking up this and that like she cyan mek up her mind""Him standing there eyeing us"Just not for me.

    21. Thought provoking and challenging read. Provided insights into the culture of Jamaica in the mid 1900s. If you are looking for a light holiday read then this book is perhaps not to be recommended. However, if you want to engage with issues women have faced in different cultures, then this book will give you insights into past injustice and emerging liberation.

    22. This book is an authentic portrayal of race, poverty and economic inequality in 1950s-60s Jamaica. Tangled relationships and poignant moments, we view them all through the protagonist, Gloria's eyes. I think what I liked most about this book is that while it is set in trying times and talks of difficult lives, it isn't depressing in the least. Well done, Kerry Young.

    23. I did enjoy this book BUT it took me a long time to read it because I was constantly trying to pronounce the words as they were set out which slowed down my enjoyment. Having got over this, though, the story was interesting.

    24. Easily this book could have been about the despair of a woman in poverty in Jamaica. But instead, It's about hope and that universal truth of guiding your own life and creating family. This book is readable, sometimes funny and has much interesting information about Jamaica and Cuba as well.

    25. This was very difficult to read as it was written in the way Jamaicans speak I was eventually able to move on. However the content itself, was superb you really walk away feeling like an important part of life is learned.

    26. Great story wonderful descriptions fascinating facts about growing up poor , and black in Jamaica at time of independence. Having spent the last 4 winters in the Caribbean it was nice to know what the author was describing in flora and fauna.

    27. Really enjoyed this book once I got used to the writing style and language. A raw read but a 'couldn't put down' read. Would recommend!

    28. I found this difficult to follow at times and it made me lose interest in the story. The dialog requires intense concentration and I just wasn't there mentally in order to appreciate the book.

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