A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

by

Marlon James

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Kim-Marie Burgess Character Analysis

Kim-Marie, known as Kimmy, is Nina’s sister. The two have a difficult relationship, colored by competitiveness and betrayal. Kimmy begins dating Ras Trent, a Rasta whose father is the Jamaican Minister of Tourism, however Nina indicates that he treats her badly. Later it emerges that Kimmy is a contestant in Miss Jamaica 1979. The novel ends with the hope of possible reconciliation between her and Nina.
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Kim-Marie Burgess Character Timeline in A Brief History of Seven Killings

The timeline below shows where the character Kim-Marie Burgess appears in A Brief History of Seven Killings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 3, Chapter 1
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Part Three is set on February 15, 1979. Every time Kim Clarke gets on a bus, she feels sure it is about to explode. Her boyfriend... (full context)
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Kim concludes that Chuck is “sweet” and “nice.” She misses him when he is gone because... (full context)
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Chuck frequently rants about the PNP and how Jamaica is supposedly becoming communist. Kim pretends to be stupid around Chuck because she thinks that is what he will prefer.... (full context)
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The house is too quiet but Kim refuses to turn on the radio because she hates hearing the news. All Kim wants... (full context)
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Kim envisions Chuck kicking her out and her screaming in protest. Earlier she had sex with... (full context)
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Kim wonders if she should pack. She imagines telling Chuck that she wanted to be “proactive.”... (full context)
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The ackee Kim was cooking burns and the room fills with smoke. Kim begins laughing hysterically, which angers... (full context)
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Kim has been running for two years but feels she has been found. She sees a... (full context)