A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

by

Marlon James

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Griselda Blanco Character Analysis

Griselda is a Colombian drug lord who lives in Miami and transports cocaine for the Medellín cartel. There are rumors that she is a lesbian, and that she has sex with go-go dancers before killing them. At the end of the novel, Doctor Love mentions that Griselda “flew the fuck off the grid.”
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Griselda Blanco Character Timeline in A Brief History of Seven Killings

The timeline below shows where the character Griselda Blanco appears in A Brief History of Seven Killings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 4, Chapter 5
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...doesn’t mean he is really intelligent. Weeper’s job is to maintain communications between Jamaica and Griselda Blanco in Miami. However, this is a problem because Weeper has trouble getting on with... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 8
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...man, a woman, and their two sons––eating yuca together at a dining table. The woman, Griselda, orders John-John to join them for breakfast, and accuses him of being “the motherfucker who... (full context)
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...wallet. He forces the man to stay and have sex with him again at gunpoint. Griselda has instructed him to kill a Jamaican who works with Doctor Love. This man tried... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 14
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...feels unprepared to take out the Jamaican man and feels like it was part of Griselda’s plan for them to both end up dead. (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 18
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John-John has arrived at the house of the Jamaican he is supposed to kill. Griselda gave him keys, and he lets himself in. John-John enters the apartment and fires seven... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 24
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...apartment. John-John gives them both cigarettes. Weeper remarks that he knows everyone who works for Griselda but doesn’t recognize John-John; John-John responds with surprise that Weeper knows Griselda hired him. Weeper... (full context)
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Weeper reveals that Griselda is a lesbian who sleeps with gogo girls and then kills them. John-John explains that... (full context)
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...line, but Weeper can’t snort it properly with his hands tied. Weeper starts talking about Griselda again, and John-John notes that he doesn’t think the order to kill Weeper came from... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 1
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...22, 1991. Unlike the previous chapters, the narrator is not identified in the chapter title. Griselda Blanco has disappeared, and Josey Wales is in prison awaiting extradition to the US on... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 7
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...owns “every single” person in Kingston and New York. Doctor Love tells him that before Griselda Blanco was killed by the Medellín cartel, a man helped her regain control over Miami,... (full context)