“The most authentic and evocative portrait of the Jamaican poorthe rich and sustaining vernacular of their culture, the sheer heroism of their economic existencethat I have seen.” Jarvis Anderson, The New Republic
The Harder They Come
978-0-8021-3138-6 • $16.00 • Paperback • Apr. 1980
Like the acclaimed film of the same title, this lyrical, lilting, densely textured novel is based on the exploits of the legendary Jamaican folk hero and reggae star Rhygin. With passion and precision, Michael Thelwell recounts Rhygin’s journey from a morally coherent rural universe to the teeming, predatory slums of Kingston, his rebellion against the poverty and corruption of postcolonial Jamaica, his blazing, simultaneous rise to the top of the charts and the Most Wanted list.