Winner of the 1992 Booker Prize for Fiction: "Possibly the best novel I've read in the last decade."—David HalberstamSacred Hunger is a stunning and engrossing exploration of power, domination, and greed. Filled with the "sacred hunger" to expand its empire and its profits, England entered... show more
Winner of the 1992 Booker Prize for Fiction: "Possibly the best novel I've read in the last decade."—David HalberstamSacred Hunger is a stunning and engrossing exploration of power, domination, and greed. Filled with the "sacred hunger" to expand its empire and its profits, England entered full into the slave trade and spread the trade throughout its colonies. In this Booker Prize-winning work, Barry Unsworth follows the failing fortunes of William Kemp, a merchant pinning his last chance to a slave ship; his son who needs a fortune because he is in love with an upper-class woman; and his nephew who sails on the ship as its doctor because he has lost all he has loved. The voyage meets its demise when disease spreads among the slaves and the captain's drastic response provokes a mutiny. Joining together, the sailors and the slaves set up a secret, utopian society in the wilderness of Florida, only to await the vengeance of the single-minded, young Kemp.
Publish date: November 17th 1993
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 630
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
Series: Sacred Hunger (#1)
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This book is about England and her role in the slave trade. It is also about how men and women thought in the mid-1700s, how they viewed justice and freedom and success, and those of the opposite sex. In its accurate depiction of these times, it is an excellent work of historical fiction. Here follo...
Dedication: To John, Madeleine and Felix Reiss. With love.Front quote: Some safer world in depths of woods embrac'dSome happier island in the watry waste... Alexander PopeA special thanks:I should like to thank the British Council for the grant of a six-month Viking Scholarship to Sweden and the sta...
In terms of renown, this book seems to have been eclipsed by [b:The English Patient|11713|The English Patient|Michael Ondaatje|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320527907s/11713.jpg|3009869], which co-won the Booker Prize in 1992. Although I do love Ondaatje, "Sacred Hunger" is superior to that title in...