Redemption in Indigo
"The impish love child of Tutuola and Marquez. Utterly delightful."--Nalo HopkinsonKaren Lord's debut novel, which won the prestigious Frank Collymore Literary Prize in Barbados, is an intricately woven tale of adventure, magic, and the power of the human spirit. Paama's husband is a fool and a... show more
"The impish love child of Tutuola and Marquez. Utterly delightful."--Nalo HopkinsonKaren Lord's debut novel, which won the prestigious Frank Collymore Literary Prize in Barbados, is an intricately woven tale of adventure, magic, and the power of the human spirit. Paama's husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents' home in the village of Makendha, now he's disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing corn. When Paama leaves him for good, she attracts the attention of the undying ones--the djombi--who present her with a gift: the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world. Unfortunately, a wrathful djombi with indigo skin believes this power should be his and his alone. Bursting with humor and rich in fantastic detail, Redemption in Indigo is a clever, contemporary fairy tale that introduces readers to a dynamic new voice in Caribbean literature. Lord's world of spider tricksters and indigo immortals, inspired in part by a Senegalese folk tale, will feel instantly familiar--but Paama's adventures are fresh, surprising, and utterly original.
Publish date: August 1st 2010
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Pages no: 188
Edition language: English
I loved the style of this story. It's very artificially told as a campfire tale, by an omnipotent narrator who keeps weaving all over the place. It's going for charming, and it hits it right now the nose. I think my favourite part was how little the narrator cared about a sense of place (people take...
88. REDEMPTION IN INDIGO, BY KAREN LORDRecommended by Diego, who actually went as far as buying it and giving it to me, to make sure I would read it. His passion surely is commendable. I normally skip introductions and go straight to the story, but this should not be done with this book. The introdu...
My full review can be found at SFF Book Review. THE GOOD: A funny, light tale with every word in its place, great characters and a wonderful ending. THE BAD: The characters were somewhat distant, some side characters deserved more screen time. Plotwise a bit forgettable in the end. THE VERDICT: Re...
I love storytelling and I love folktales so it's no surprise I was predisposed to like this book. It's so rich and evocative and I kept wanting to tuck away bits and pieces of it to revisit later.
What a lovely book this is.Told in a storyteller style, which I love, with a strong female main character who doesn't feel the need to be physically intimidating, which I also love, this had a mythological feel to it that gave it both wide and close scope, if that makes sense.Paama is looking to get...