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Includes the name: Jude Fisher

Também inclui: Jane Johnson (1)

Disambiguation Notice:

(eng) This author's actual name is Jane Johnson. Has written as Jude Fisher, Jane Johnson and with M. John Harrison as Gabriel King.

Please do not combine this with the Jane Johnson author page, as there are other authors called Jane Johnson who are not Jude Fisher.


Obras de Jude Fisher

Sorcery Rising (2003) 696 cópias
The Tenth Gift (2008) 685 cópias
Wild Magic (2004) 484 cópias
The Wild Road (1997) 454 cópias
The Rose of the World (2005) 321 cópias
The Golden Cat (1998) 294 cópias
The Secret Country (2005) 214 cópias
The Sea Gate (2020) 133 cópias
The Salt Road (2010) 129 cópias

Associated Works

Voyager 5 - Collector's Edition (2000) — Introdução — 11 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Fisher, Jude
Nome de batismo
Johnson, Jane
Outros nomes
King, Gabriel
Johnson, Jane
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Cornwall, England, UK
Locais de residência
Coleshill, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Goldsmiths College, University of London (BA)
University College (MA)
Liskeard Grammar School
Allen & Unwin
Aviso de desambiguação
This author's actual name is Jane Johnson. Has written as Jude Fisher, Jane Johnson and with M. John Harrison as Gabriel King.

Please do not combine this with the Jane Johnson author page, as there are other authors called Jane Johnson who are not Jude Fisher.



I tried. This book was really interesting in the beginning, but the middle really dragged for me.
kittyfoyle | outras 16 resenhas | Apr 23, 2024 |
Audio book. Really enjoyed it
ChristineMiller47 | outras 6 resenhas | Apr 3, 2024 |
Jane Johnson's The Black Crescent offers a read that fascinates both in terms of history and plot. Set in the years before, during, and after the French withdrawal from Morocco, The Black Crescent follows the life of Hamou Badi, who spends his childhood in a village, but relocates to Casablanca as he's responsible for his mother and sister, which means finding the kind of paying work not available in a village.

Hamou decides to become a police officer, a position he believes will allow him a chance to stand up for the rights of the victimized and overlooked. He excels in his training program and is welcomed by the Sureté, the French police. Welcomed, not in the sense of "you're one of us now; we are brothers," but in the sense of "we can use you, and of course we'll assign you the most boring and most dangerous work, including furthering our control over your own people." At first Hamou finds satisfaction in his work. He does help the victimized and overlooked when given the opportunity, but such opportunities evaporate as the resistance against French colonial rule grows.

Hamou is trained in weapons use and finds himself assigned to tamp down protests and to ferret out those involved in clandestine independence groups. This is the crux of the novel: Hamou's witnessing of his own compromises and his growing unwillingness to maintain French power.

The promo material for the novel emphasizes the fact that Hamou is born with lines across his palms that mark him as a zhoury—a human who is part Djinn and who has remarkable skills and luck beyond the ordinary. I was expecting a novel heavy on magical realism, but that isn't the case. Readers see a handful of moments of great luck in Hamou's life, but mostly he is an ordinary man trying to live an ordinary life in a time when the meaning of "ordinary" is shifting as colonial society breaks down. This isn't a tale of magical realism; it's a tale of life as occupation crumbles and new norms emerge.

At first, I found the lack of magical realism disappointing, because I enjoy the genre. As I continued to read, however, I appreciated that events in the book aren't driven by magic, but by human inequities, tensions, and aspirations.

If you're interested in the history of French-occupied northern Africa or the struggle against colonialism you'll find this novel engaging, even though—or perhaps because—Hamou isn't a capital-H Hero, but a man who manages moments of small-h heroism during a dangerous time. But even if you're not interested in the historic aspects of the story, you'll find yourself appreciating the way The Black Crescent explores the costs and rewards of right action.

I received a free electronic review copy of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss; the opinions are my own.
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Sarah-Hope | 1 outra resenha | Mar 17, 2024 |
I have conflicting feelings about this book. The dual timeline was well done and I didn’t get too lost when the chapters flipped perspective, but I felt a lot of it just kind of plodded along. The characters felt real and believable, but it wasn’t until into the second half that things really came together and it became harder to put the book down. Rebecca felt a bit weak and flimsy at first, but she definitely became a stronger person as time goes on.
Linyarai | outras 10 resenhas | Mar 6, 2024 |



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