Valerie Martin’s Property delivers an eerily mesmerizing inquiry into slavery’s venomous effects on the owner and the owned. The year is 1828, the setting a Louisiana sugar plantation where Manon Gaudet, pretty, bitterly intelligent, and monstrously self-absorbed, seethes under the dominion of... show more
Valerie Martin’s Property delivers an eerily mesmerizing inquiry into slavery’s venomous effects on the owner and the owned. The year is 1828, the setting a Louisiana sugar plantation where Manon Gaudet, pretty, bitterly intelligent, and monstrously self-absorbed, seethes under the dominion of her boorish husband. In particular his relationship with her slave Sarah, who is both his victim and his mistress.Exploring the permutations of Manon’s own obsession with Sarah against the backdrop of an impending slave rebellion, Property unfolds with the speed and menace of heat lightning, casting a startling light from the past upon the assumptions we still make about the powerful and powerful.
Publish date: April 13th 2004
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, African American
, 19th Century
A disturbing subject and a beautiful story all wrapped up in one short novel. The subject matter is far from easy and that's what I loved about it. There are things that have to be faced. This part of our history is one of them.
It's the early nineteenth century in Louisiana and Manon Gaudet is unhappily married to the owner of a sugar plantation. Cut off from her friends and family, Manon increasingly begins to realise that she doesn't know or like the man she married. The slave girl she received as a wedding gift is a ...
The year is 1828.....a sugar plantation in Louisiana, where Slavery is in flower for both the slaves and slave ownersThe Slave Owners see “slave rebellions” around every corner..as they should, since their entire way of life is dependent on the labor of their “lowly blacks”.....and, our “heroine” Ma...
I was hoping this would be a four-star book. Lots to like about it. The view of plantation life from the perspective of the owner's wife is different and fascinating. I actually enjoyed the generally nasty attitude of the main character (hey, she has lots to be unhappy about). The story definite...