Epic novel swirls around Bob Marley, Jamaican history

December 17, 2014 1:05 PM

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"A Brief History of Seven Killings" by Marlon James; Riverhead (688 pages, $28.95)

Marlon James' "A Brief History of Seven Killings" should win some kind of award for ironic untruth-telling in titling. It is indeed a novel, though a historical one based on real events. At nearly 700 dense pages, often written in Jamaican patois, it's anything but brief. And the corpses quickly add...

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