Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life.
Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the sixties. A flamboyant, wise-cracking local character, Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather - but he is also secretly lovers with his great childhood friend, Morris.
When his marriage goes into meltdown, Barrington wants to divorce Carmel and live with Morris, but after a lifetime of fear and deception, will he manage to break away?
©2013 Bernardine Evaristo (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
"Evaristo remains an undeniably bold and energetic writer, whose world view is anything but one-dimensional" ( Sunday Times on Blonde Roots)
A lover of literary fiction.
The book is beautifully written, as one would expect from Ms Evaristo. This is the story of secret love, told in such an engaging style, with such beautifully drawn characters you can't help but be fully engaged in what is such a sad tale. It had me laughing out loud in places, and near to tears in others. The book is a joy.
The performance of James Goode was stellar. He brought authenticity to the characters, and read so beautifully I want to hear more from him. He was the perfect choice to read such a wonderful novel.
This book was recommended to me and I would definitely recommend it to others. It is a great story about two elderly Caribbean males. A demographic we rarely hear from or read about.
Of the books I have read and listened to, including those written by Caribbean writers, I can think of none that compare.
James Goode's narration was excellent. Narration makes or breaks an audio book. These accents sounded authentic.
This book made me laugh and cry. This is a story of bittersweet relationships. Between the central characters and lovers Barrington and Morris and Barrington and his wife, Carmel.
I enjoyed this book very much but found that the English classical education references (Greek mythology etc) jarred and seemed to be more about the author than the character.
I loved this audiobook and a big part of it was the narration. He brought the characters alive and I was engrossed. At the end I felt as if I had lost a friend.
Mr Loverman of course
I don't know what it would have been like reading the story compared to listening to it but I worry that I would have missed some of the tenderness and humour.
Nearly but wanted to spin it out and enjoy it more.
Not many can write a sexy scene set in an office with a fffax machine, masculine stapler and heavy-duty ribbed carpet - but Evaristo can and Goode reads it with gusto.
You can't fault this audible story - brilliantly written (so much so, I had to buy the book at savor it in print and am so glad I did, because visually it's so exciting ...)
And superbly read by James Goode. Poignant, real and so funny in parts. A wonderful surprise listen.
A surprisingly bright and engaging novel, that comes across as though it were an unusually revealing and perceptive autobiography. I only came across it by chance, and took a gamble on it, hoping that it would be worthwhile, not knowing anything about the author or its content.
I clearly won big time on this occasion. The story is very much more expansive than at first appears, and although it covers a relatively small canvas, it is full of the most felicitous musings and penetrating comments by its narrator that turn the whole thing into a moving and memorable experience. It is very much a character study of an immigrant from Antigua made good in the UK, who masterfully describes his present circumstances, past life, his disastrous marriage and the thorny subject of his abiding gay relationship with Maurice.
What makes this audiobook absolutely unforgettable is the masterful, incredible performance of the reader. It is not so much read, as performed, - and what a tour de force it is. This is real Oscar worthy stuff, the likes of which I have rarely heard.
As I say in the heading, this is a gem: a real treat.
I love audiobooks and will listen to a book whilst gardening or doing things around the house.
This audiobook grew on me, so stick with it. I really enjoyed it in the end, but admit that towards the beginning I was going to give up.
This book is about the relationship between the two older Caribbean men. I choose the book because of the storyline and was not disappointed.
Hang in there.
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