Small Island by Andrea Levy

"Small Island" is a historical novel that explores the intertwined histories of Jamaica and the UK, as well as the themes of race, empire, and migration. The story is set in 1948 and is told from four different perspectives: two Jamaican immigrants, Hortense and Gilbert, who move to England after World War II, and an English couple, Queenie and Bernard. The narrative explores the racial tension, discrimination, and culture shock that the immigrants face in their new home, while also delving into the complexities of war, identity, and the British Empire.

The 1285th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 566

Since this book was first published in 2004, there is a penalty of 48.0%. The age adjusted score is 294.32.

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