Review: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

This book is ace – it really got under my skin. I’ll be thinking about the characters in it for weeks.

It doesn’t move like a usual book though – there’s not a straightforward story to follow. It’s told from the point of view of about 20 different characters – and not all of their stories seem to be related in anyway whatsoever.

This style makes the first half a challenging read (it’s easy to get bored, and then when you finally start getting into the groove of one character, it switches to someone else). From the second half onwards though, it’s plain sailing. It shifts into focus and gathers pace – I breezed through the last 200 odd pages in a day.

Using loads of characters makes it more like a jigsaw than a book. Or like watching Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction for the first time.

Just Brilliant. Highly recommended.

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