Book Review of Mirror, Mirror

1946 words 8 pages
BOOK REVIEW OF MIRROR MIRROR IDENTITY, RACE AND PROTEST IN JAMAICA by Rex Nettleford
Taneisha Malcolm
April 1, 2013

TABLE OF CONTENT
Title Page ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- page3
Introduction --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- page 4
Summary of Content ---------------------------------------------------------------------- page 6
Conclusion --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- page 10
Reference ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- page 11

TITLE PAGE
Title of Book: Mirror Mirror Identity, Race and Protest in
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"These essays have been concerned mainly with problems of the Jamaican black majority and the uncertainties and contradictions of their role in what is supposed to be their country. The sixties, goes the argument, was marked by the threatening trinity of identity, race and attention to the threat - whether through the piecemeal social engineering of a government in power, economic nationalism of a party in opposition, cultural rediscovery and definition by sensitive intellectuals and artists, or through the cleansing purge of instant revolutionary action as some of the arduous young would have it. Prof. Nettleford presented five beautifully written essays entitled: National Identity and Attitudes to Race in Jamaica; African Redemption The Rastafari and the Wider Society 1959-1969; Jamaican Black Power or Notes from the Horn; The Melody of Europe, The Rhythm of Africa and Mirror Mirror A Postscript. Within these essays Prof. Nettleford succeeds in presenting to the outsider, a picture of his society, of people in it, of their motivations and of the conflicts between them. According to Prof. Carl Stone writing in The daily Gleaner dated April 5, 1989, "Rex Nettleford's book Mirror Mirror-Identity, Race and Protest written way back in 1970 is still the most important and accurate commentary on the ambivalence and complexity that surround black ethnic identity in Jamaica and should be read by

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