Mercy, A

Mercy, A

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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. 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.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Random House, 2008
ISBN: 9781415956823
Characteristics: 1online resource (1 sound file (06hr., 27min., 11sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Morrison, Toni
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Apr 18, 2017

This was read by the author, and rather poorly! There were many passages that were ... what? just needing more superlatives than I can muster at the moment, but, I had much difficulty understanding what was going on: numerous shifts in points of view and piecing together the plot was impossible because of the author's monotone reading: every point of view and every character's dialogue was with the same flat voice. Could have been clearer and perhaps even great if they hired a professional reader and sound engineer.

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KSerá
Jun 07, 2011

It's wonderful to hear the author read this book.

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