On Levy’s Small Island

Book Coolie writes about the success of Andrea Levy’s Small Island and what it means to him:

[T]hrough her work, acceptance and success, you can see the formation of a lineage, and that Andrea’s success is in some way a tribute to, a continuation of, those cussed and searching young Caribbean writers who came to Britain in the nineteen fifties, who struggled, and never achieved the kind of mainstream success that Andrea has. It is the sense of seeing a generation passing on, the continuation of a line, the consummation of a literature, from the immigrants to the British-born Caribbean writer, the sense of announced existence and dialogue between ancestor and descendant, the sense of life examined and legitimised.

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