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Download Õ Augustown 102 ☆ [Reading] ➶ Augustown By Kei Miller – Helpyouantib.co.uk 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 fr From the winner of the Forward Prize Augustown is a magicaDs 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 i. I selected this book from the Tournament of Books longlist as a potential dark horse I really liked it and would love to see it make the shortlist I like the way it plays with storytelling and assumptions the reader might be makingHalfway through I was confronted with thisLook 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 You may as well stop to consider a urgent uestion; not whether you believe in this story or not but whether this story is about the kinds of people you have never taken the time to believe inThe novel starts with a woman in a specific area known as Augustown which may be based on the real life area of Jamaica referred to as August Town now known as Ma Taffy somewhat of a matriarch for her nieces and nephews and greatnieces and greatnephews She is blind but knows something has gone wrong because she can smell something which she can't at that moment identify Kaia returns home from school and she discovers his dreadlocks have been chopped off by his teacher From there Ma Taffy starts telling a story about a flying preacherman who showed up in Augustown when she was younger This connects to the autoclaps ie apocalypse events that are about to occur The novel ends up roughly divided into before and after and it all spirals around Kaia's day at school There is a lot here about modern non tourist Jamaica

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S 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 li. this is the story of the jamaican people but it is also the story of all the peoplewith melatonin in their skinwho were enslavedand then were freedand nothing changed becausethey were owned anywayso they created their storiesand the stories are truethey are stories of hope and elevationeven asthey are still ownedand traumatizedand casually lynchedand you can'tkeepthemdowncuzthey fly

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AugustownFrom 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 sen. 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 dreadlocks matterand how does it lead to something that Jamaicans call the “autoclaps”and what we know as “calamity” Kei Miller in prose that soars and captivates seamlessly weaves in the history of the Rastafarian heritage particularly that of a charismatic preacher named Alexander Bedward with the ability to levitate The flying preacherman as he was called becomes not just a metaphor but a symbol As Kei Miller writes “You may as well stop to consider a urgent uestion; not whether you believe in this story or not but whether this story is about the kinds of people you have never taken the time to believe in”To really understand one’s sense of self Mr Miller suggests you need to have something to believe in And uncovering what that “something” is challenging when the people are subjugated disrespected and unempowered Otherwise the only way to “fly away to Zion” is by dying and indeed our narrator whose identity is only unveiled at the end has had to suffer that fate This is a stunning book picking up the Kingstown patois and combining it with a lyrical poetry It is so convincingly written so beautifully rendered that I cannot imagine it not making my Top Ten list for 2017