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Jamaica by Malcolm Knox


by Malcolm Knox

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A group of rich Australian middle aged men, and one woman, who have all been friends since childhood go to Jamaica to participate in an ocean swimming race. They are obnoxious, rude, entitled, uncaring and arrogant. They get drunk, do drugs, treat women (although not Janie, their friend) disgustingly and generally make pigs of themselves.

But if you can get over all of that, Knox writes extremely well and the relationships between the men, and their wives to some extent, are quite fascinating. ( )
  judylou | Aug 13, 2013 |
I really disliked the characters in this book and kept reading and waiting for them to 'find themselves'. But this never happened. Rather than be disappointed, I found the process of reading about obnoxious characters(all male) interesting and compelling. I wouldn't have read this title if it weren't on my bookclub reading list. ( )
  ros.peters | Apr 14, 2008 |
absorbing as all his books are for me. moves between characters' thoughts to allow for shifting of perspective, captures pettiness possible in friendships - the pull between love and envy and a desire to harm, bring down. ( )
  LBK | Jan 9, 2008 |
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Welcome to Jamaica, have a nice breakdown . . . A group of 6 friends converge on the fabled island of Jamaica to compete in a marathon relay swim across treacherous water. Most have known each other since school, scions of wealth, breeding and privilege and members of the upper echelon of supposedly classless Sydney. The odd man out is new money Jeremy Hutchison (Hut), who's tolerated by the group because of the fortune he's made, but never really accepted. It is a group of people on the edge of crisis, none more so than Hut, who is guarding a terrible truth. Compulsive reading from an unflinching observer of fallibility, hypocrisy and thwarted ambition.… (more)

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