NEW DAY by V.S. Reid


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A panoramic, panegyric novel of Jamaica, from 1865 to the present, which portrays the pattern of unrest and rebellion against the ""buckra"" (the British) in a story of the four generations of one family. The story, told largely in the singsong dialect of the people, is recorded by Johnny Campbell, one of a family of near-whites, and opens when as a boy- during an outbreak of native protest- his father was proscribed and killed, his brother- Davie- a trouble- maker, escapes. In later years, Davie, after a life of fanatic dedication to his people, dies and his child is left in the care of Johnny. And with his great-nephew Garth, Johnny finds that the memory of Davie is brought back again as Garth leads his people ""to the promised land"" and toward self-assertion... By a young Jamaican Negro, this is a first novel, indigenous in its expression, sincere in its conviction, but of dubious popular appeal.

Publisher: Knopf