The Same Earth

The Same Earth When Imelda Richardson leaves the small village of Watersgate Jamaica armed only with one small suitcase she is doing so for the second time One of the throng of young Jamaicans who left the island

  • Title: The Same Earth
  • Author: Kei Miller
  • ISBN: 9780297844792
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Imelda Richardson leaves the small village of Watersgate, Jamaica, armed only with one small suitcase, she is doing so for the second time One of the throng of young Jamaicans who left the island after the devastating hurricane of 1974, Imelda s journey has taken her to England, to the home of ganja growing rebel Purletta Johnson, the arms of fake Northerner Ozzie, aWhen Imelda Richardson leaves the small village of Watersgate, Jamaica, armed only with one small suitcase, she is doing so for the second time One of the throng of young Jamaicans who left the island after the devastating hurricane of 1974, Imelda s journey has taken her to England, to the home of ganja growing rebel Purletta Johnson, the arms of fake Northerner Ozzie, and a law degree But when her mother dies Imelda returns to Watersgate, choosing Jamaica over England 1983 is still a couple of years shy of the great dancehall explosion in which artists like Shabba Ranks would sing how he loved punany bad, and the village is still dominated by the Evangelical church and the thundering voice of Pastor Braithwaite When Tessa Walcott s panties are stolen and in the absence of Perry Mason she and Imelda decide to set up a Neighborhood Watch But they haven t counted on Pastor Braithwaite and the crusading zeal of Evangelist Millie As a Pentecostal fervor sweeps through the village, the tensions between old and new come to a head.

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    Kei Miller

    Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978 He read English at the University of the West Indies and completed an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University His work has appeared in The Caribbean Writer, Snow Monkey, Caribbean Beat and Obsydian III His first collection of short fiction, The Fear of Stones, was short listed in 2007 for the Commonwealth Writers First Book Prize His first poetry collection, Kingdom of Empty Bellies, was published in March 2006 by Heaventree Press his second, There Is an Anger That Moves, was published by Carcanet in October 2007 He is also the editor of Carcanet s New Caribbean Poetry An Anthology He has been a visiting writer at York University in Canada, the Department of Library Services in the British Virgin Islands and a Vera Ruben Fellow at Yaddo, and currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.

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    • Kei Miller read poetry at the 2008 Calabash International Literary Festival in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica where I heard him for the first time. He's incredible. I am determined to read everything he's ever written. "The Same Earth" is Miller's only novel as far as I know. It's character driven and depicts the lives of a handful of people in a small community in St. Mary, Jamaica. The narrative, which is mostly composed of vignettes, follows the events which unfold in the small village as a pentacost [...]

    • I can see why people compare this to Alexander McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe novels (village/community life) and Andrea Levy's Small Island (the complex Jamaica/England postcolonial relationship), but while this novel will seem somewhat familiar to readers of both, those comparisons don't quite nail what this novel is like. Still very enjoyable if you (like me) like stories about people and their relationships with each other and the place they were born--the cast of characters is appealing, [...]

    • "In a village like Watergate everything is seen, every movement known"By sally tarbox on 23 June 2017Format: Kindle EditionNot a must-read, but an engaging work set in a Jamaican village.The narrative opens with an educated local woman deciding - angrily - to once again leave her hometown. We learn a little of her recent history: her well-meant initiative to start a Neighbourhood Watch scheme given short-shrift by the preacher ("Nobody can watch you like Jesus"); a flood; an unrequited love for [...]

    • I loved the humor, the way it joined the stories of the people and the flow of the book. It has real world evangelical Caribbean style theories. It's a laugh out loud book

    • I really, really enjoyed Kei Miller's Last Warner Woman and so ordered this on inter-library loan. It's wonderful. I could hardly put it down.Kei Miller taps into a long African (and Afro-Caribbean) tradition of story-telling. He’s a wonderful story teller, but he’s a master at weaving the strands of his stories – characters, places, incidents – in and out of each other to form the much longer narrative that makes up the novel.The shared earth is Watersgate, Jamaica and Manchester in Eng [...]

    • This was such an entertaining and involving read, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get around to reading it (I've had this book sat waiting for two years!). I don't know whether the cover didn't appeal enough to get me to pick it up, or what, but anyway, it is read now. Mostly set in Watersgate, Jamaica, this is mainly about Imelda (who is such a cool woman) but also about the various characters and local happenings in the village. It's like being sucked into their history and community and li [...]

    • To be honest, I did not much care for this book overall. I thought it would be a quick read, as it’s only around 230 pages, but this is the longest it’s ever taken me to get through a book club pick. Throughout the first 50 pages, I wondered if the book would even develop a plot. I thought perhaps it was a collection of short stories, but this book really didn’t fit that description either. Also, I thought the ending was a bit too anti-climatic, given the suspense that had built up in the [...]

    • I love books with an African setting, simply because i can relate to them. Jamaicans have always been hilarious to me and i love a few aspects of their culture. The books was very insightful however i wonder what happened to Solomon? the church? the village? and Imelda? did she dance all the way to the village?

    • I did enjoy reading this, but now that I've finished it, I thought the ending was quite anti-climatic. The plot was a bit dull, and some of the characters were confusing. It was funny in places, and I liked the parts about an immigrant's experience of England.

    • Amazing. This is an intricately woven tale of the lives of the people of Watergate, a fictional village in St. Mary, Jamaica. It is a story of love and discovery and self-discovery. Kei Miller has a good ear for the language of the people.

    • Great book! Must read!

    • As this is a Bookcrossing book, my review may be read here:bookcrossing/journal/1

    • William Freeman

      (Aug 20, 2019 - 03:43 AM)

      A very patchy read which jumped around the place - some of the little side stories entertaining dreadful ending never helps a book

    • Anjeli Crisanto

      (Aug 20, 2019 - 03:43 AM)

      I loved the nonlinear narrative. I am still trying to decipher what happened at the end though. But then I guess that's what makes it the kind of book that sticks with you.

    • Gwyneth Davidson

      (Aug 20, 2019 - 03:43 AM)

      Great contemporary storytelling baased in Jamaica.

    • A good laugh. But stories died at Watersgate. But that's how it is and will be.I enjoy reading this book so much.

    • I would like to have given this three and a half stars.Faintly magic realist, funny at times and occasionally a little confusing.

    • I really enjoyed this. Colorful with fascinating characters.

    • Looking forward to reading the next book.

    • This is my World Tour book for Jamaica.

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