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Brought me into a world that seemed both backwards and upside down at the same time, as I live a "normal" heterosexual life in North America. I feel as though the characters in this novel (excluding maybe Ian) are never as fleshed-out as they could be. I was also surprised at the lack of discrimination throughout the novel. It feels as though the characters spend 80% of their time in a homosexual utopia and 20% of the time being concerned with the misunderstood AIDS. Only vague allusions to staring people and familial dysfunction oppose the characters' homosexuality, and even then, some of the family members are actually positive and supportive. The church only appears as a background object, a looming shadow; you never really feel as though there is half as much discrimination or ideological fallout as you would expect. The Jamaican vernacular is surprisingly accessible and I found myself misreading verbs and pronouns for a week after I finished this book. I felt somewhat underwhelmed with the ending (as I usually seem to...very few authors seem to nail endings) and I would have liked even a vague reference to the book's title, though I think I understand what it symbolizes and references.