Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood

Drumblair Memories of a Jamaican Childhood Rachel Manley granddaughter and daughter of two of Jamaica s national leaders tells the story of the brilliant artistic Manleys Jamaica s most prominent and glamorous political family and the house

  • Title: Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood
  • Author: Rachel Manley
  • ISBN: 9780676970838
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rachel Manley, granddaughter and daughter of two of Jamaica s national leaders, tells the story of the brilliant, artistic Manleys Jamaica s most prominent and glamorous political family and the house that nurtured them Drumblair This is a world vividly recreated, and an intimate memoir of the people who changed Jamaica s intellectual, social and cultural landscape fRachel Manley, granddaughter and daughter of two of Jamaica s national leaders, tells the story of the brilliant, artistic Manleys Jamaica s most prominent and glamorous political family and the house that nurtured them Drumblair This is a world vividly recreated, and an intimate memoir of the people who changed Jamaica s intellectual, social and cultural landscape for all time.

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    1. In this wonderful memoir, Rachel Manley tells the intimate story of her grandfather, Norman Manley, who led Jamaica to independence, and her father Michael Manley, who became Prime Minister of the country. Books about politics and political leaders can often be somewhat dry, but this one reads almost like a novel. The omniscient narrator allows herself to go into the thoughts and emotions of her characters much as a fiction writer would do, with the result that the reader becomes very much invol [...]

    2. As a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Kingston, Jamaica, 1972-74, I would sometimes hear Jamaicans speak of "Drumblair" with extreme reverence. I understood that it was the Manley family residence but not much more than that. The then recently elected Prime Minister was a young charismatic Michael Manley. In our apolitical training for Peace Corps it was mentioned that Mr. Manley's father, Norman Washington Manley had been Premier of Jamaica and "had been involved with Jamaican independence".I p [...]

    3. Rachel Manley was born in England to a European mother and a Jamaican father. When she was two and a half years old, her mother was ill, so she was sent to Jamaica to live with grandparents she had never met. In Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood ( published by Key Porter Books) she tells the story of her life with her grandparents. "There was nothing spectacular about the old wooden two-storey house set far back from the road. It was not even in a fashionable area, but rather poised pr [...]

    4. Our yearly trip to the island never fails to bring the joy of meeting new people. How fortunate was I to have met and discovered the wonderful woman, Rachel Manley. Speaking with Rachel I was introduced to her writing. Immediately purchased this first book of three - Drumblair.It is a story of a young girl growing up in Jamaica during a time of change and transformation. With a skilled use of words and imagery I felt that I could see this world through her eyes. It was at times like she was in f [...]

    5. This almost got 4 stars. I was loving it for awhile, but for some reason I gradually lost interest as the story went on. Knowing nothing about Jamaican history, I learned a lot, and it was a really great look at a public political family. I'm not sure what changed that made me lose interest, except perhaps that by the end of the book Manley stopped talking so much about the political and social goings-on and focused more on the individuals.

    6. This book, to me, had a few errors that I thought should have been caught by an editor. But, I really enjoyed the personal viewpoint of a local national hero. The language used was beautiful and familiar, and the descriptions were clear. I ran through this book in a matter of days, devouring it greedily.

    7. A memoir of Rachel Manley growing up with her grandfather and father and the political changes they made in Jamaica. More of a review to come.

    8. For anyone who was in the Caribbean in the 50's and 60's this book provides many wonderful stories about the Leaders at that time as well as the Manley family in particular.Liz

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