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No Telephone to Heaven

No Telephone to Heaven

(1987)
(The second book in the Abeng series)
A novel by

 

"The beauty and authority of her writing is coupled in a rare way with profound insight."
Toni Morrison


A brilliant Jamaican-American writer takes on the themes of colonialism, race, myth, and political awakening through the experiences of a light-skinned woman named Clare Savage. The story is one of discovery as Clare moves through a variety of settings - Jamaica, England, America - and encounters people who affect her search for place and self.The structure of No Telephone to Heaven combines naturalism and lyricism, and traverses space and time, dream and reality, myth and history, reflecting the fragmentation of the protagonist, who nonetheless seeks wholeness and connection. In this deply poetic novel there exist several levels: the world Clare encounters, and a world of which she only gradually becomes aware - a world of extreme poverty, the real Jamaica, not the Jamaica of the middle class, not the Jamaica of the tourist. And Jamaica - almost a character in the book - is described in terms of extraordinary beauty, coexisting with deep human tragedy.The violence that rises out of extreme oppression, the divided loyalties of a colonized person, sexual dividedness, and the dividedness of a person neither white nor black - all of these are truths that Clare must face. Overarching all the themes in this exceptionally fine novel is the need to become whole, and the decisions and the courage demanded to achieve that wholeness.

 
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Hardback Editions

February 1988 : UK Hardback
Title: No Telephone to Heaven
Author(s): Michelle Cliff
ISBN: 0-413-17230-9 / 978-0-413-17230-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
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July 1987 : USA Hardback
Title: No Telephone to Heaven
Author(s): Michelle Cliff
ISBN: 0-525-24508-1 / 978-0-525-24508-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton Adult
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Paperback Editions

March 1996 : USA Paperback
Title: No Telephone to Heaven
Author(s): Michelle Cliff
ISBN: 0-452-27569-5 / 978-0-452-27569-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume
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December 1989 : USA Paperback
Title: No Telephone in Heaven
Author(s): Michelle Cliff
ISBN: 0-317-67299-1 / 978-0-317-67299-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Methuen - Minerva
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May 1989 : UK Paperback
Title: No Telephone to Heaven
Author(s): Michelle Cliff
ISBN: 0-7493-9002-6 / 978-0-7493-9002-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Minerva
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March 1989 : USA Paperback
Title: No Telephone to Heaven
Author(s): Michelle Cliff
ISBN: 0-679-73942-4 / 978-0-679-73942-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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