In the village of Gibbeah – a battle is fought between two men of God.
With language as taut and with a richness reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Marlon James reveals his unique narrative command that will firmly establish his place as one of today’s freshest, most talented young writers.
The story begins when a drunkard named Hector Bligh (the “Rum Preacher”) is dragged from his pulpit by a man calling himself “Apostle” York. Handsome and brash, York demands a fire-and-brimstone church, but sets in motion a phenomenal and deadly struggle for the soul of Gibbeah itself.
‘John Crow’s Devil’ is a novel about religious mania, redemption, sexual obsession, and the struggle inside all of us between the righteous and the wicked.
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