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No Telephone to Heaven
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Plume
Publication date January 1, 1996
Pages 211
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780452275690
ISBN-10 0452275695
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $15.00
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A brilliant Jamaican-American writer takes on the themes of colonialism, race, myth, and political awakening through the experiences of a light-skinned woman named Clare Savage. The story is one of discovery as Clare moves through a variety of settings – Jamaica, England, America – and encounters people who affect her search for place and self.

The structure of No Telephone to Heaven combines naturalism and lyricism, and traverses space and time, dream and reality, myth and history, reflecting the fragmentation of the protagonist, who nonetheless seeks wholeness and connection. In this deply poetic novel there exist several levels: the world Clare encounters, and a world of which she only gradually becomes aware – a world of extreme poverty, the real Jamaica, not the Jamaica of the middle class, not the Jamaica of the tourist. And Jamaica – almost a character in the book – is described in terms of extraordinary beauty, coexisting with deep human tragedy.

The violence that rises out of extreme oppression, the divided loyalties of a colonized person, sexual dividedness, and the dividedness of a person neither white nor black – all of these are truths that Clare must face. Overarching all the themes in this exceptionally fine novel is the need to become whole, and the decisions and the courage demanded to achieve that wholeness.



Editions
Hardcover
from E P Dutton (July 1, 1987)
9780525245087 | details & prices | List price $17.95
About: In this poetic novel about colonialism and contemporary Jamaica, a light-skinned woman must find the courage to face the violence that can arise from oppression and divided loyalties
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Plume (January 1, 1996)
9780452275690 | details & prices | 211 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $15.00
About: A brilliant Jamaican-American writer takes on the themes of colonialism, race, myth, and political awakening through the experiences of a light-skinned woman named Clare Savage.
from Vintage Books (March 1, 1989)
9780679739425 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $11.00
About: In this poetic novel about colonialism and contemporary Jamaica, a light-skinned woman must find the courage to face the violence that can arise from oppression and divided loyalties

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