The Marvellous Equations of the Dread: A Novel in Bass Riddim

  • 304 pages
  • English
  • Paperback
The Marvellous Equations of the Dread: A Novel in Bass Riddim

〫 ◾ The Marvellous Equations of the Dread: A Novel in Bass Riddim library ⏜ Author Marcia Douglas ␔ A lyrical convocation of reggae, roots healing, the history of Half Way Tree, of duppies and fearsome body swapping, of dangerous youthmen and deliberate revolutionhere is prose steeped deep in portents, parables, and a profusion of signs Marcia Douglas lets the sounds fall from on high, in prose that chants down Babylon and confirms the coming, sweeter than can be reckoned, of Zion Caribbean BeatMarcia Douglass book is as marvellous as its title one of the most stunning new works of Jamaican fiction I have had the pleasure of reading The novel that is not unlike the island that it tries to capture as musical as it is brutal, and here is writing as full of poetic heft as it is of narrative drive even as you want to linger and relish in the language, the novel demands that you turn the page Kei MillerThe spirit of Bob Marley dominates this novel, which evokes the rich, bottom heavy sounds of Marley s music You can t tell the living and the dead here without a score card, and a score card would be too linear Think of this book as a haunted island with spectral voices and inscrutable mysteries KirkusThe Marvellous Equations of the Dread A Novel in Bass Riddimhas the air of a spell Abeautiful and otherworldly book a work of poetry steeped in history and rich with imagination Douglas has a way of conveying the sense of wonder that powers the island s creative spirit Douglas writes with an almost Biblical dictionWeaving a complex and warmhearted tale one told through multiple voices against a backdrop of violence.She can be uproariously funny too the patois practically jumps off the page, and things can go from light to dark in an instant Her chapters are tracks that all work well as singles, but when played together pulsate with great power Juan Vidal, NPRMind blowing Publishers WeeklyRhapsodic, poetic, scripturally engaged and endlessly inventive Not only is the electric atmosphere of Jamaica evoked with sensuousness, delicacy and love so is the dub side, a studio yard just the other side of death, where Bob Marley and a toothless and lisping Haile Selassie discuss the relative merits of routes to Zion Review 31A magical realist journey through the history of Rastafarianism, Bob Marley not necessarily in that order Rhapsodic, poetic, scripturally engaged and endlessly inventive Not only is the electric atmosphere of Jamaica evoked with sensuousness, delicacy and love so is the dub side, a studio yard just the other side of death, where Bob Marley and a toothless and lisping Halle Selassie discuss the relative merits of routes to Zion Review 31A powerful woman centered version of Jamaican her story SX SalonMassively creative, The Marvellous Equations of The Dreaddraws fromand continuesa long Caribbean musical tradition The MillionsMarvellous Equations of the Dreadis a celebration of the conflicted Jamaican experience The women in Marcia Douglass books are proud women they are the descendants of Queen Nanny, the Maroon chieftain who, according to legend, could catch the bullets of the British soldiers between her teeth The RumpusMARCIA DOUGLAS is the author of novels and poems and performs the one woman show, Natural Her Story She teaches creative writing and Caribbean literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder Her The Marvellous Equations of the Dread was longlisted for the 2016 Republic of Consciousness Prize and the 2017 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. 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