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Mary is an epic poem in Jamaican Creole based on
the Biblical story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. The first book of a trilogy, Pamela
Mordecai’s de book of Mary covers Mary’s life from her early years,
through the arrival of the Archangel Gabriel and the birth
of Yeshua, to her death. A Chorus of male and female voices
provides an accompanying commentary. This exciting Canadian
Jamaican retelling, profound and tragic, yet told with
humour and gusto, is a major event, continuing Mordecai's
project of hybridizing one of the most significant cultural-religious
phenomena in world history. The last book of the trilogy, de
Man, about the crucifixion of Jesus, was published by
Sister Vision Press in 1995 and is now out of print. The
poet is currently working on de book of Joseph,
second book of the trilogy.
"Mordecai’s verses hew to gospel truths but also respect both the poet’s Jewish heritage of scepticism and her roots in Jamaica’s Afro-spiritual-accented and ganja-scented Christianity."
—George Elliot Clarke, The Chronicle Herald
"de Book of Mary is both a salute to [Jamaica's] colourful patois that [the poet] so loves and a fresh spin on age-old, Bible-based lore."
"Mordecai re(claims) and re-centres the story of
Maiden Mary, triumphantly transposing it from the word of
men to the stories of women, and from High Church language
to everyday speech. As did Derek Walcott before her, she
performs the legacy of Caribbean creolization; a muscular
hybrid which claims the right equally to the ancient forms
of Greek theatre, the traditional practices of Judaism, and
the beauty of Caribbean vernaculars and sensibilities. A
lovely, chewy book. "
—Nalo Hopkinson, author of The Salt Roads
—JonArno Lawson, author of Sidewalk Flowers
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-927494-68-4
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eBook ISBN: 978-1-927494-74-5 (EPUB)
paperback; 136 pages
Publication Date: November 2015
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