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Jamie MacGillivray by John Sayles
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Feb 28, 2023 | ISBN 9781612199887

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Jamie MacGillivray is remarkable in that it manages to be both sweeping and intimate, to deliver to the reader the tides of political history but also a moving and internalized portrait of two young people swept along on these tides…Jamie MacGillivray is Sayles’s sixth novel — his first was published in 1975 — and by some distance his best. It gets under the skin of this extraordinary time in a way that few historical novels do. Sayles writes superbly about the confusion of warfare and deals equally well with the horrors of the plantations…This is a first-rate historical novel told with wit, verve and a subtle understanding of the mechanics of the genre.”Alex Preston, The New York Times Book Review

“An immersive reading experience that swirls with complex personalities, illuminating the many sides of what would come to be called the French and Indian War.” –Alida Becker, The New York Times Book Review

“Film director and novelist Sayles (Yellow Earth) follows in this strong outing the parallel stories of a Scottish rebel and a young Scottish woman pressed into servitude and sent to the Caribbean… he has a knack for bringing his many characters to life, and he makes palpable the raw violence of war and the uncompromising inequality of the period. It’s a worthy epic.” — Publishers Weekly

“Acclaimed screenwriter, director, and novelist Sayles blends his wide ranging narrative skills to great effect in this sprawling historical epic…Sayles’ grand vision yields a rollicking yarn that will satisfy the discerning historical adventure reader.” — Booklist

“Sayles’ chief interest is in how time, place, war, and imperialism at once do violence on bodies and identities… Jamie, denied a sense of home on two continents, exemplifies the discontent that sparked the American Revolution, and Sayles underscores the Native Americans’ disenfranchisement as well… Sayles makes clear the kind of bigotry and greed they’re fighting against.” –Kirkus

Reflecting reality is a strength of this book… After living with Jamie for over seven hundred pages, I was sad to part with him.” — Historical Novel Society

“A brilliant, bracing saga.” — The Dayton Daily News

“Jamie MacGillivray is Dickensian in scope and a masterpiece that only the indomitable John Sayles could have produced.” — Bookreporter

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