The Book of Night Women by Marlon James

Do we need The Book of Night Women, in which the slaves speak like this, “All them leave me was me mouth. And me become a good-behaving nigger.”, while the owners use standard English syntax? Do we need another story full of brutal killings, rapes, and marvelously complex torture scenes told in exquisite details? Do we need another story in which slaves use voodoo-like magic or are terrified by the power of those who do? And do we really need another story in which the author, like the rapist-overseer, actually believes that the raped slave will turn around and love the overseer when he starts treating her kindly?

I think not.

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