Friday, May 18, 2012

The Harder They Come by Michael Thelwell

First edition of The Harder They Come by Michael Thelwell
Published by Grove Press in 1980, Michael Thelwell's novelization of The Harder They Come came eight years after Perry Henzell's film starring Jimmy Cliff. Thelwell, a Jamaican writer, adapted this story about real-life reggae singer Ivanhoe Martin and his later turn to dealing marijuana and other criminal endeavors. The book stays true to Henzell's seminal film more or less except for the addition of many Jamaican proverbs interspersed throughout the novel. If you enjoyed the movie at all this book definitely deserves reading. The cover features a reprinting of the original 1972 film poster.

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