Small Island is a delightfully entertaining and probing book about Jamaican immigration to Britain in the days after WWII. Andrea Levy’s parents were part of this immigration movement and she is interested in investigating the perspective of these people. The Bookclub-in-a-Box discussion guide to this novel looks at Andrea Levy’s exploration of the black and white issues of post-war London which include questions of class, race, and Empire. Gilbert Joseph and Hortense Roberts were born and raised in Jamaica, which was formerly one of over a hundred colonies of the great British Empire. Their mutual dream is to go to Britain: Gilbert, because he fought during the war in the Royal Air Force and is now looking to return for work; Hortense, because she is a staunch and pompous monarchist who is looking to fulfill her calling as a teacher trained in all the best British traditions. They live in a boarding house run by Queenie Bligh while her husband, Bernard, is away fighting the war. But two years after the end of the war, Bernard has still not returned home.
This Bookclub-in-a-Box PDF discussion guide (79 pages) for Andrea Levy's novel Small Island includes:
• Novel synopsis
• Author information
• Character analysis
• Focus points and themes
• Writing style and structure
• Important quotes from the novel
• Book club discussion questions
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