Unburnable

Unburnable➼ Unburnable Free ➲ Author Marie-Elena John – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk In this riveting narrative of family, betrayal, vengeance, and murder, Lillian Baptiste is willed back to her island home of Dominica to finally settle her past Haunted by scandal and secrets, Lillian In this riveting narrative of family, betrayal, vengeance, and murder, Lillian Baptiste is willed back to her island home of Dominica to finally settle her past Haunted by scandal and secrets, Lillian left Dominica when she was fourteen after discovering she was the daughter of Iris, the half crazy woman whose life was told of in chant mas songs sung during Carnival Matilda Swinging and Bottle of Coke songs about the village on a mountaintop and bones and bodies songs about flying masquerades and a man who dropped dead Lillian knew the songs well And now she knows these songs and thus the history belong to her After twenty years away, Lillian returns to face the demons of her past, and with the help of Teddy, the man she refused to love, she will find a way to healSet partly in contemporary Washington, DC and partly in post World War II Dominica, Unburnable weaves together West Indian history, African culture, and American sensibilities Richly textured and lushly rendered, Unburnable showcases a welcome and assured new voice. there are some problems with this book besides a few distracting typos and i usually don t mind, but these changed meanings too much to be acceptable it s the same problems that books like the eight and the ghost of hannah mendes suffer from all of these books split the narrative between a modern day and a historical plot but the modern plot always suffers and devolves into a stock romance type plot it s a shame because the other plot is so compelling but it was really good despite my g there are some problems with this book besides a few distracting typos and i usually don t mind, but these changed meanings too much to be acceptable it s the same problems that books like the eight and the ghost of hannah mendes suffer from all of these books split the narrative between a modern day and a historical plot but the modern plot always suffers and devolves into a stock romance type plot it s a shame because the other plot is so compelling but it was really good despite my gripes Wow I can hardly believe Unburnable is Marie Elena John s debut because she wrote such a deep, suspenseful novel that had me guessing until the last page I found it to be perfectly paced, very well written with colorful, smart characters that jumped off the page I was both entertained and educated by this offering a rare feat in today s literature The story centers on three generations of Dominican women, two of which are infamously captured in local folklore, legend, and indigenous songs Wow I can hardly believe Unburnable is Marie Elena John s debut because she wrote such a deep, suspenseful novel that had me guessing until the last page I found it to be perfectly paced, very well written with colorful, smart characters that jumped off the page I was both entertained and educated by this offering a rare feat in today s literature The story centers on three generations of Dominican women, two of which are infamously captured in local folklore, legend, and indigenous songs Matilda, a proud, majestic African woman rud to dabble in Obeah was publicly tried and hanged for murder after she confessed in police custody Iris, Matilda s daughter, was a beautiful prostitute known for her voracious sexual appetite, disreputable past and questionable mental health Lillian, Iris s daughter, was raised by her stepmother after Iris s untimely death Lillian eventually moves to the United States to live with an aunt in order to shield her from her foremother s legacy We learn quickly that the proverbial fruit does not fall far from the tree After years of self suppression, Lillian s mental instability manifests to the point where she now has difficulty blocking the painful memories Fueled by inner voices and haunting flashbacks, she decides to return back to Dominica to learn the truth surrounding her family She engages Teddy, a renowned attorney, collegiate confidante and soon to be lover , who is basking in the afterglow of a sensationalized legal case where he successfully disproves a self confession against tumultuous odds Lillian sensing her grandmother s innocence, asks Teddy to join her in Dominica to re investigate Matilda s 1940 s era confession to mass murder What ensues is a loaded history of dark secrets, shocking scandal, and a cover up that permeates all levels of class, religion and the biased politics of the day At the very core of the story, the author captures the essence of the African Diaspora The complexities, struggles, and compromises surrounding the blending of races, cultures and faiths are evident in the trials and tribulations of all three women in both current and historical eras There are even subtle observations and theories regarding African American and African Caribbean cultures which explain the mindsets of the key characters Additionally, the author weaves a great deal of Dominican history throughout the novel, done with such care that the lessons are not overbearing, but essential to understanding the motivation and principles of key characters that eventually lead to the mystery s resolution I loved the transition between eras the flashbacks to Matilda and Lillian s periods were smooth and blended evenly with the modern day episodes between Lillian and Teddy This is a great debut and I am looking forward to this author s next body of work I really liked the beginning and set of up of the storyline But by the end I was disapointed and exhausted By the end I was didnt want to hear about the characters any However I enjoyed the Carribean hsitory and culutre information Exploitation and mutilation of women, not so much It seemed as if this story has been created before The theme of Obeah has been explored in a few books I have read, sometimes its overused nowdays. This novel was a struggle for me to finish The story was interesting, but the writing style made this book a tremendous labor of frustration The narrative follows several generations of a Caribbean family The main character, Lillian Baptiste, leaves her native island of Dominica for the United States, and over twenty years later she returns to confront the secrets of her past Her plight is contrasted against the background stories of her grandmother, Matilda, and her mother, Iris The challe This novel was a struggle for me to finish The story was interesting, but the writing style made this book a tremendous labor of frustration The narrative follows several generations of a Caribbean family The main character, Lillian Baptiste, leaves her native island of Dominica for the United States, and over twenty years later she returns to confront the secrets of her past Her plight is contrasted against the background stories of her grandmother, Matilda, and her mother, Iris The challenge of this book is not with the characters or the storyline, both of which have great potential The difficulty arises from the heavy handedness of the prose The sentences are extremely clunky and evasive They felt overwritten to the point of numbness I found myself having to reread passages multiple times to gain their meaning The chapters are rather short, which should invite for enjoyable reading and the steady development of the plot Instead, the narrative reads like a series of dense essays that lack fluidity and cohesion The emotion of the story fails to register due to the explanatory nature of the prose I never become invested totally in the narrative For sure, I missed a lot due to the elusiveness of the writing style This book was like a cheap romance novel set in the Caribbean Although there were some interesting sections regarding the tradition of voodoo in the Caribbean, it had little relevance to the plot and was completely ahistorical Most of the novel was dedicated to developing the useless character of Teddy, the protaganist s love interest, and a senseless reiteration of male privilege Overall, I was quite disappointed I highly recommend joining a book club because it challenges you to read books outside your preferred genre and or comfort zone I would have never read Unburnable if it wasn t for my work book club I am glad I read this book It is an interesting story about three generations of women living or growing up on the island of Dominica It is hard to believe that this was John s first novel It is a wonderful exploration of the African Diaspora contrasting, celebrating and critiquing the difference I highly recommend joining a book club because it challenges you to read books outside your preferred genre and or comfort zone I would have never read Unburnable if it wasn t for my work book club I am glad I read this book It is an interesting story about three generations of women living or growing up on the island of Dominica It is hard to believe that this was John s first novel It is a wonderful exploration of the African Diaspora contrasting, celebrating and critiquing the differences between African Americans, Afro Caribbeans and Africans John tells the story of Matilda, Iris and Lillian and how the songs and legends told about Lillian s mother and grandmother are not what they seem Teddy, Lillian s lover, is a controversial figure I initially hated him although it is apparent that his presence in the book is important On the surface, his character represents the requisite love interest However, it becomes clear that Teddy is the eyes and ears of the African American or American reader His ignorance and arrogance is a key plot point for the conclusion of the story John uses her knowledge of Caribbean, African American and African culture to educate the reader on the many traditions of the Diaspora One criticism, the romance between Teddy and Lillian seems forced Nothing is what it seems in this book until the very end, which made this novel a unexpected thriller to read I highly recommend This is a difficult book to review I feel certain that it s better than the average read, but what exactly to say about it afterwards Currently I am living on the island of Dominica, where the story takes place, and I was told that it would help me understand the culture of the people here That set up a framework for reading it, of course.The novel is structured so that the lives of three women are intertwined those of a grandmother, a mother and a daughter The latter is suffering from her t This is a difficult book to review I feel certain that it s better than the average read, but what exactly to say about it afterwards Currently I am living on the island of Dominica, where the story takes place, and I was told that it would help me understand the culture of the people here That set up a framework for reading it, of course.The novel is structured so that the lives of three women are intertwined those of a grandmother, a mother and a daughter The latter is suffering from her traumatic childhood and she is trying to resolve those issues.Since the content was too intense for me to take except in small doses, I found this type of structuring confusing The intensity came from the repeated acts of brutality that occasionally erupted from under the apparently thin skin of civility which the characters exhibited toward one another I found myself hoping again and again that Dominicans were not as depicted in the book that events were exaggerated for effect.I m afraid it isn t so, however I have heard accounts here that are close to the samethings that indicate a strong sense of superstition leading people to treat one another cruelly and shamefully in my view.On the credit side, the author came out with some penetrating insights into human nature that I appreciated.I think overall it did give me insights into the culture here, but I am not sure I am happy I ve eaten this fruit Decades ago, in the 1940s, a woman by the name of Matilda was hung for murder on the lush, green island of Dominica Her story became the stuff of chante mas songs, songs sung during the pre Lenten Masquerade and known to everyone Now, her grand daughter, born in Dominica but partially raised in the United States, is back to discover the real story behind Matilda s execution Was Matilda really an Obeah woman with the power to heal as well as to kill How did Matilda s daughter, Lillian s own m Decades ago, in the 1940s, a woman by the name of Matilda was hung for murder on the lush, green island of Dominica Her story became the stuff of chante mas songs, songs sung during the pre Lenten Masquerade and known to everyone Now, her grand daughter, born in Dominica but partially raised in the United States, is back to discover the real story behind Matilda s execution Was Matilda really an Obeah woman with the power to heal as well as to kill How did Matilda s daughter, Lillian s own mother, the beautiful Iris, lose her mind To whom did the bones hidden in the forested mountains really belong Unburnable weaves together the lives of three women, Matilda, Iris and Lillian, into one amazing story of love, betrayal, murder, madness and loss, all against the background of the rich cultural history of Dominica The vivid descriptions of the dresses, the costumes, the masquerades and the customs of the island make Unburnable a rich feast for the senses Marie Elena John uses the Caribbean carnival as the stage where native custom, family history, and West African culture collide forever changing the celebration of carnival for the people of Roseau in Dominica In the freshman novel Unburnable John uses the celebration of carnival and carnival songs to reveal a unique history of West Indians in general while spanning the three generations of one family This story weaves together the history of Africans, Caribs, and Americans The three women of Marie Elena John uses the Caribbean carnival as the stage where native custom, family history, and West African culture collide forever changing the celebration of carnival for the people of Roseau in Dominica In the freshman novel Unburnable John uses the celebration of carnival and carnival songs to reveal a unique history of West Indians in general while spanning the three generations of one family This story weaves together the history of Africans, Caribs, and Americans The three women of Unburnable African grandmother Matilda, African Carib daughter Iris and African Carib American Lillian provide a window through which history, inheritance, revenge, murder and alienation is created Unburnable forces us to confront ourselves as part of a larger history, one of family, community, country and race Sprinkled throughout the story is a white Rastafarian woman, obeah practitioners, Catholic nuns and African American man After all the questions have been answered, Lillian has to choose to embrace or reject her inheritance What carnival song will they sing about her, to know what she decides to do you have to read Unburnable This year I decided to renew my library card and readWest Indian Literature, especially those written by women This book was on my list to read for a long time so I decided to take this in my first library haul Unburnable details the life of three powerful Dominican women Lillian, Matilda and Iris all linked by a powerful history that the granddaughter Lillian ran from but must now face I think the plot and characters were in their own way, beautiful, strong, powerful, and conflicted This year I decided to renew my library card and readWest Indian Literature, especially those written by women This book was on my list to read for a long time so I decided to take this in my first library haul Unburnable details the life of three powerful Dominican women Lillian, Matilda and Iris all linked by a powerful history that the granddaughter Lillian ran from but must now face I think the plot and characters were in their own way, beautiful, strong, powerful, and conflicted I absolutely loved the historical reference of Dominica and what it was like back in the 1940s That for me really made me enjoy the novel a lot Two things I didn t necessarily like about the book 1 It felt overwritten, it tried so hard to be deep and well meaningful that most of the prose felt force and overdone I sometimes had to re read paragraphs to fully understand what the Writer was trying to say However, I cut some slack here because this is a debut novel 2 The book could have used a fewpages to really dive into the three main characters I felt they each had powerful stories to tell that would have resonatedwith me had I gotten the opportunity to spendtime with them.Overall, a decent West Indian novel I do recommend adding this to your list of books to read

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    EPUB is an ebook file format that uses the epub mountaintop and bones and bodies songs about flying masquerades and a man who dropped dead Lillian knew the songs well And now she knows these songs and thus the history belong to her After twenty years away, Lillian returns to face the demons of her past, and with the help of Teddy, the man she refused to love, she will find a way to healSet partly in contemporary Washington, DC and partly in post World War II Dominica, Unburnable weaves together West Indian history, African culture, and American sensibilities Richly textured and lushly rendered, Unburnable showcases a welcome and assured new voice. there are some problems with this book besides a few distracting typos and i usually don t mind, but these changed meanings too much to be acceptable it s the same problems that books like the eight and the ghost of hannah mendes suffer from all of these books split the narrative between a modern day and a historical plot but the modern plot always suffers and devolves into a stock romance type plot it s a shame because the other plot is so compelling but it was really good despite my g there are some problems with this book besides a few distracting typos and i usually don t mind, but these changed meanings too much to be acceptable it s the same problems that books like the eight and the ghost of hannah mendes suffer from all of these books split the narrative between a modern day and a historical plot but the modern plot always suffers and devolves into a stock romance type plot it s a shame because the other plot is so compelling but it was really good despite my gripes Wow I can hardly believe Unburnable is Marie Elena John s debut because she wrote such a deep, suspenseful novel that had me guessing until the last page I found it to be perfectly paced, very well written with colorful, smart characters that jumped off the page I was both entertained and educated by this offering a rare feat in today s literature The story centers on three generations of Dominican women, two of which are infamously captured in local folklore, legend, and indigenous songs Wow I can hardly believe Unburnable is Marie Elena John s debut because she wrote such a deep, suspenseful novel that had me guessing until the last page I found it to be perfectly paced, very well written with colorful, smart characters that jumped off the page I was both entertained and educated by this offering a rare feat in today s literature The story centers on three generations of Dominican women, two of which are infamously captured in local folklore, legend, and indigenous songs Matilda, a proud, majestic African woman rud to dabble in Obeah was publicly tried and hanged for murder after she confessed in police custody Iris, Matilda s daughter, was a beautiful prostitute known for her voracious sexual appetite, disreputable past and questionable mental health Lillian, Iris s daughter, was raised by her stepmother after Iris s untimely death Lillian eventually moves to the United States to live with an aunt in order to shield her from her foremother s legacy We learn quickly that the proverbial fruit does not fall far from the tree After years of self suppression, Lillian s mental instability manifests to the point where she now has difficulty blocking the painful memories Fueled by inner voices and haunting flashbacks, she decides to return back to Dominica to learn the truth surrounding her family She engages Teddy, a renowned attorney, collegiate confidante and soon to be lover , who is basking in the afterglow of a sensationalized legal case where he successfully disproves a self confession against tumultuous odds Lillian sensing her grandmother s innocence, asks Teddy to join her in Dominica to re investigate Matilda s 1940 s era confession to mass murder What ensues is a loaded history of dark secrets, shocking scandal, and a cover up that permeates all levels of class, religion and the biased politics of the day At the very core of the story, the author captures the essence of the African Diaspora The complexities, struggles, and compromises surrounding the blending of races, cultures and faiths are evident in the trials and tribulations of all three women in both current and historical eras There are even subtle observations and theories regarding African American and African Caribbean cultures which explain the mindsets of the key characters Additionally, the author weaves a great deal of Dominican history throughout the novel, done with such care that the lessons are not overbearing, but essential to understanding the motivation and principles of key characters that eventually lead to the mystery s resolution I loved the transition between eras the flashbacks to Matilda and Lillian s periods were smooth and blended evenly with the modern day episodes between Lillian and Teddy This is a great debut and I am looking forward to this author s next body of work I really liked the beginning and set of up of the storyline But by the end I was disapointed and exhausted By the end I was didnt want to hear about the characters any However I enjoyed the Carribean hsitory and culutre information Exploitation and mutilation of women, not so much It seemed as if this story has been created before The theme of Obeah has been explored in a few books I have read, sometimes its overused nowdays. This novel was a struggle for me to finish The story was interesting, but the writing style made this book a tremendous labor of frustration The narrative follows several generations of a Caribbean family The main character, Lillian Baptiste, leaves her native island of Dominica for the United States, and over twenty years later she returns to confront the secrets of her past Her plight is contrasted against the background stories of her grandmother, Matilda, and her mother, Iris The challe This novel was a struggle for me to finish The story was interesting, but the writing style made this book a tremendous labor of frustration The narrative follows several generations of a Caribbean family The main character, Lillian Baptiste, leaves her native island of Dominica for the United States, and over twenty years later she returns to confront the secrets of her past Her plight is contrasted against the background stories of her grandmother, Matilda, and her mother, Iris The challenge of this book is not with the characters or the storyline, both of which have great potential The difficulty arises from the heavy handedness of the prose The sentences are extremely clunky and evasive They felt overwritten to the point of numbness I found myself having to reread passages multiple times to gain their meaning The chapters are rather short, which should invite for enjoyable reading and the steady development of the plot Instead, the narrative reads like a series of dense essays that lack fluidity and cohesion The emotion of the story fails to register due to the explanatory nature of the prose I never become invested totally in the narrative For sure, I missed a lot due to the elusiveness of the writing style This book was like a cheap romance novel set in the Caribbean Although there were some interesting sections regarding the tradition of voodoo in the Caribbean, it had little relevance to the plot and was completely ahistorical Most of the novel was dedicated to developing the useless character of Teddy, the protaganist s love interest, and a senseless reiteration of male privilege Overall, I was quite disappointed I highly recommend joining a book club because it challenges you to read books outside your preferred genre and or comfort zone I would have never read Unburnable if it wasn t for my work book club I am glad I read this book It is an interesting story about three generations of women living or growing up on the island of Dominica It is hard to believe that this was John s first novel It is a wonderful exploration of the African Diaspora contrasting, celebrating and critiquing the difference I highly recommend joining a book club because it challenges you to read books outside your preferred genre and or comfort zone I would have never read Unburnable if it wasn t for my work book club I am glad I read this book It is an interesting story about three generations of women living or growing up on the island of Dominica It is hard to believe that this was John s first novel It is a wonderful exploration of the African Diaspora contrasting, celebrating and critiquing the differences between African Americans, Afro Caribbeans and Africans John tells the story of Matilda, Iris and Lillian and how the songs and legends told about Lillian s mother and grandmother are not what they seem Teddy, Lillian s lover, is a controversial figure I initially hated him although it is apparent that his presence in the book is important On the surface, his character represents the requisite love interest However, it becomes clear that Teddy is the eyes and ears of the African American or American reader His ignorance and arrogance is a key plot point for the conclusion of the story John uses her knowledge of Caribbean, African American and African culture to educate the reader on the many traditions of the Diaspora One criticism, the romance between Teddy and Lillian seems forced Nothing is what it seems in this book until the very end, which made this novel a unexpected thriller to read I highly recommend This is a difficult book to review I feel certain that it s better than the average read, but what exactly to say about it afterwards Currently I am living on the island of Dominica, where the story takes place, and I was told that it would help me understand the culture of the people here That set up a framework for reading it, of course.The novel is structured so that the lives of three women are intertwined those of a grandmother, a mother and a daughter The latter is suffering from her t This is a difficult book to review I feel certain that it s better than the average read, but what exactly to say about it afterwards Currently I am living on the island of Dominica, where the story takes place, and I was told that it would help me understand the culture of the people here That set up a framework for reading it, of course.The novel is structured so that the lives of three women are intertwined those of a grandmother, a mother and a daughter The latter is suffering from her traumatic childhood and she is trying to resolve those issues.Since the content was too intense for me to take except in small doses, I found this type of structuring confusing The intensity came from the repeated acts of brutality that occasionally erupted from under the apparently thin skin of civility which the characters exhibited toward one another I found myself hoping again and again that Dominicans were not as depicted in the book that events were exaggerated for effect.I m afraid it isn t so, however I have heard accounts here that are close to the samethings that indicate a strong sense of superstition leading people to treat one another cruelly and shamefully in my view.On the credit side, the author came out with some penetrating insights into human nature that I appreciated.I think overall it did give me insights into the culture here, but I am not sure I am happy I ve eaten this fruit Decades ago, in the 1940s, a woman by the name of Matilda was hung for murder on the lush, green island of Dominica Her story became the stuff of chante mas songs, songs sung during the pre Lenten Masquerade and known to everyone Now, her grand daughter, born in Dominica but partially raised in the United States, is back to discover the real story behind Matilda s execution Was Matilda really an Obeah woman with the power to heal as well as to kill How did Matilda s daughter, Lillian s own m Decades ago, in the 1940s, a woman by the name of Matilda was hung for murder on the lush, green island of Dominica Her story became the stuff of chante mas songs, songs sung during the pre Lenten Masquerade and known to everyone Now, her grand daughter, born in Dominica but partially raised in the United States, is back to discover the real story behind Matilda s execution Was Matilda really an Obeah woman with the power to heal as well as to kill How did Matilda s daughter, Lillian s own mother, the beautiful Iris, lose her mind To whom did the bones hidden in the forested mountains really belong Unburnable weaves together the lives of three women, Matilda, Iris and Lillian, into one amazing story of love, betrayal, murder, madness and loss, all against the background of the rich cultural history of Dominica The vivid descriptions of the dresses, the costumes, the masquerades and the customs of the island make Unburnable a rich feast for the senses Marie Elena John uses the Caribbean carnival as the stage where native custom, family history, and West African culture collide forever changing the celebration of carnival for the people of Roseau in Dominica In the freshman novel Unburnable John uses the celebration of carnival and carnival songs to reveal a unique history of West Indians in general while spanning the three generations of one family This story weaves together the history of Africans, Caribs, and Americans The three women of Marie Elena John uses the Caribbean carnival as the stage where native custom, family history, and West African culture collide forever changing the celebration of carnival for the people of Roseau in Dominica In the freshman novel Unburnable John uses the celebration of carnival and carnival songs to reveal a unique history of West Indians in general while spanning the three generations of one family This story weaves together the history of Africans, Caribs, and Americans The three women of Unburnable African grandmother Matilda, African Carib daughter Iris and African Carib American Lillian provide a window through which history, inheritance, revenge, murder and alienation is created Unburnable forces us to confront ourselves as part of a larger history, one of family, community, country and race Sprinkled throughout the story is a white Rastafarian woman, obeah practitioners, Catholic nuns and African American man After all the questions have been answered, Lillian has to choose to embrace or reject her inheritance What carnival song will they sing about her, to know what she decides to do you have to read Unburnable This year I decided to renew my library card and readWest Indian Literature, especially those written by women This book was on my list to read for a long time so I decided to take this in my first library haul Unburnable details the life of three powerful Dominican women Lillian, Matilda and Iris all linked by a powerful history that the granddaughter Lillian ran from but must now face I think the plot and characters were in their own way, beautiful, strong, powerful, and conflicted This year I decided to renew my library card and readWest Indian Literature, especially those written by women This book was on my list to read for a long time so I decided to take this in my first library haul Unburnable details the life of three powerful Dominican women Lillian, Matilda and Iris all linked by a powerful history that the granddaughter Lillian ran from but must now face I think the plot and characters were in their own way, beautiful, strong, powerful, and conflicted I absolutely loved the historical reference of Dominica and what it was like back in the 1940s That for me really made me enjoy the novel a lot Two things I didn t necessarily like about the book 1 It felt overwritten, it tried so hard to be deep and well meaningful that most of the prose felt force and overdone I sometimes had to re read paragraphs to fully understand what the Writer was trying to say However, I cut some slack here because this is a debut novel 2 The book could have used a fewpages to really dive into the three main characters I felt they each had powerful stories to tell that would have resonatedwith me had I gotten the opportunity to spendtime with them.Overall, a decent West Indian novel I do recommend adding this to your list of books to read "/>
  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Unburnable
  • Marie-Elena John
  • English
  • 08 April 2018
  • 0060837578