When I began reading A Jamaican’s Journey to Time and Peace, A Memoir by Derrick Garland Coy I felt that I had hit the detail-loving reader’s jackpot. Thoroughly presenting facts that appear to be extensively researched about all of the people, places and things that involve the very beginnings of Jamaica, it began as an interesting challenge to get through all of the particulars from a book that could have qualified as a required reading book for a college class.
I don’t think I’ve ever put down a book as often as I did this one. Written with single spacing and no breaks between paragraphs, it seems to get “thick” early on. I had to take a break more often than I wanted to from reading this book because the information provided non-stop got to be simply overwhelming. I almost felt like I had an addiction I was trying to kick, wanting so bad to read the story and yet finding myself unable to continue on the information overload.
After wading through the most minute details of the birthing pains of his beloved birthplace, Coy then presents his life as he remembers it with the same painstaking approach to minutiae that one can only imagine comes from him peeking back to journals written in his younger years.
Simply put, this story went on and on and on in painstaking details that were magnificent but just overpowering at times. Personally, I enjoyed the lessons in history I was presented, found the author’s family history interesting and brought them into my heart when I could wade through the waters of detail and find the personalities waiting for discovery.
This is a good read for someone who has a lot of time and absolutely insists on knowing every single aspect of a family’s ancestral struggle from beginning to the current date.
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