EBOOK / KINDLE (Born Fi' Dead A Journey Through The Jamaican Posse Underworld) author Laurie Gunst
Far too much repetition for such "A SHORT BOOK AND SHE DOESN "short book and she doesn actually have any ind of insight into Jamaican gang culture other than a strained attempt to connect it to Hollywood Westerns and action movies Overall a fascinating subject compromised by her subjectivity and lack of analysis Great read for my first dive into Jamaica s history but the book seemed to lack organization I loved meeting some of the people that she met like Brambles who took the author under his wing and gave her a way to communicate with many of the people she formed friendships with on the island as well as in the United States I think the book is worth reading but if it was structured differently it may form a solid work I loved the poem that the book is titled after and that she used photographs that Brambles had taken for the front cover The author commits the cardinal sin of being excruciatingly DULL The book meanders and drifts before simply backtracking and repeating itself I cannot understand how a self respecting editor or publisher let this see the light of day It is a real shame as buried somewhere beneath the turgid prose is a great story waiting to be told Eat Pray Love meets Shottas I was initially surprised when I came upon the memoir tone of this book as I thought it would be one of those serious sounding research pieces then I realised that the light tone of the book took away the tedium that may have otherwise set inI enjoyed this book And whilst I generally abhor and avoid addenda to books I actually read the afterward but not yet the introduction and found it very touching it really brought the whole concept of
the book together for me And being a sheltered product of the book together for me And being a sheltered product of the called Jamaican middle class I can acknowledge that she is right when I reflected on my experiences and my views of the Jamaican proletariat and the simple fact that I really like this word I agreed that it is hate that separates the classes And this hate uite possibly will be perpetuated until the end of time I empathise and I hate Knowing that there is cause to empathise does not assuage my hate. Eating this problem is also a moving and compelling tale of suffering and exploitation Leone Ross' substantial afterword examines further the issues raised by the book from a British and Jamaican perspecti.
Laurie Gunst â 1 READI m in the middle of this book now Really brings you "into the Jamaican culture Shows you an inside view of what the "the Jamaican culture Shows you an inside view of what the and gangs and the people of Jamaica wereare all about Living in the carribbean and being surrounded by many Jam s this book deffinatly helps me grasp their culture and way of thinking a little better A troubling book in that it tells the troubling story of Jamaica s violent history but it is also troubling for its perspectiveThe author a white woman
of the US in the book the book details how her and my own government has played a central role in the devastation of Jamaica and the crushing of its hopes after independence by ostracizing the democratic socialism of Michael Manley and supporting the white drug runner union buster export processing zone creator violence fomenter Stanley Seaga Her conclusion however is filled with prescriptions for the Jamaican elite a curious position to take given the likely audience for this book It ought to be compared with the conclusion of the anti politics machine by Thomas Ferguson A fantastic read about the source of New York s Jamaican gangs and the incredible violence of Kingston and Jamaica s political machine Everything in this book was so "Far Outside My Knowledge "outside my Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Class knowledge that it was all a revelation The structure of the bookeeps things interesting as well personal heartbreaking stories history political reporting If you want to read a really different book that will take you places you ve never imagined this might be the one A confused mix of memoir participant observer journalism sociological study and political condemnation You get the sense the author is genuinely concerned about her subject matter but she makes herself very present in the story in ways that can be irritating Eg lots of apologies for being university educated casual references to the fact that she is dating and considered daughter to the locals insistence on using terms like sufferation in her own Bostonian narrative and conspicuous asides about how articulate her interviewees are despite her preference to uote th. Among the ethnic gangs that rule America's inner cities none has had the impact of the Jamaican posses Spawned in the ghettos of Kingston as mercenary street fighters for the island's politicians the posse. ,Citizen Of The US
Em in apostrophied slang Most problematic is an insistence throughout that posse violence is bad while still slipping into a reverential catalogue of the bad men and their murders If there was nobody else to tell the story of political and drug violence in Jamaica this book would be better than nothing But there are and I d much rather hear what those people have to say directly than have it filtered through a compulsively apologetic white lady from Harvard Good of "an account of the author s experiences in Jamaica during the "account of the author s experiences in Jamaica during the of the 70s 80s her time among the Jamaican posses in Brooklyn than an overview of the culture as a whole Though the book does incorporate a pared down look at the socio political origins of Jamaica s violence in the context of Jamaican history examines interesting elements of the PosseYardie culture Very readable The tragedy of Jamaica From the slaughter of the Arawaks through the violence of colonialism replaced by an internalized racism of lighter skin against darker all of this a backdrop to the proxy war waged for decades between two political parties and two men Michael Manley and Edward Seaga Manley and Seaga recruited impoverished Goku: L'île Aux Prisonniers Vol. 3 kids toill each other for crumbs from the politicians table and when fueled by cocaine most likely brought in by the politicians themselves things got out of hand the police began to enact extrajudicial illings murders in other words in a reign of terror The gangsters brutalized both by the world they grew up in and the violence they carried out themselves The gangsters brutalized both by the world they grew up in and the violence they carried out themselves international becoming leaders in the 80 s and 90 s in the spread of crack cocaine and leaders too in murders of each other and of innocents in the communities they lived Gunty s book is remarkable for catching the humanity the desperation and lost opportunities of the sufferers the poorest of the poor The author obviously did a lot of research and seems to now the subject but that doesn t translate into a good book The narrative is not coherent and the cast of characters is introduced and reintroduced and impossible to eep straight There is. S began migrating to the United States in the early 1980's just in time to catch and ride the crack wave as it engulfed the country Laurie Gunst's provocative expose of the Jamaican politicians' role in cr. .