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A Mercy - Toni Morrison
A Mercy
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A powerful tragedy distilled into a jewel of a masterpiece by the Nobel Prize–winning author of Beloved and, almost like a prelude to that story, set two centuries earlier.In the 1680s the slave trade was still in its infancy. In the Americas, virulent religious and class divisions, prejudice and... show more
A powerful tragedy distilled into a jewel of a masterpiece by the Nobel Prize–winning author of Beloved and, almost like a prelude to that story, set two centuries earlier.In the 1680s the slave trade was still in its infancy. In the Americas, virulent religious and class divisions, prejudice and oppression were rife, providing the fertile soil in which slavery and race hatred were planted and took root.Jacob is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, with a small holding in the harsh north. Despite his distaste for dealing in “flesh,” he takes a small slave girl in part payment for a bad debt from a plantation owner in Catholic Maryland. This is Florens, “with the hands of a slave and the feet of a Portuguese lady.” Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master’s house, but later from a handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved.There are other voices: Lina, whose tribe was decimated by smallpox; their mistress, Rebekka, herself a victim of religious intolerance back in England; Sorrow, a strange girl who’s spent her early years at sea; and finally the devastating voice of Florens’ mother. These are all men and women inventing themselves in the wilderness.A Mercy reveals what lies beneath the surface of slavery. But at its heart it is the ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother who casts off her daughter in order to save her, and of a daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment.Acts of mercy may have unforeseen consequences.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307264237 (0307264238)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 167
Edition language: English
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Tami
Tami rated it
A very sad and utterly depressing read. I didn't like the structure and complicated narration. It somehow detracted from the force of the story sometimes.
say what mofos
say what mofos rated it
Whew, the last few pages gave this book the boost it needed, heart-breaking.
Inside of a Dog...
Inside of a Dog... rated it
3.0 A Mercy
It was a small novel. It was ok, and I think I see what she was idling, bringing every type of person into the book. Where they Roy whn
Ms. Margie
Ms. Margie rated it
I'm torn on how to review this. It was well-written and the various points of view made the story quite rich, but I didn't find myself quite as engaged as I would have liked. Perhaps it's because the book is so short - I didn't quite have time to immerse myself in the different voices.Or maybe it ...
helenliz
helenliz rated it
2.0 A Mercy
I really wasn't sure what to make of this. it seemed to pose more questions than answer. Not to say that it was a bad book, but that i'm just not quite sure I understood what the author was trying to say.
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