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'Manon Gaudet is unhappily married to the owner of a Louisiana sugar plantation. She misses her family and longs for the vibrant lifestyle of her native New Orleans, but most of all she longs to be free of her suffocating domestic situation. The tension revolves around Sarah, a slave girl whose young son Walter is living proof of Manon's husbands inclinations. This private drama is played out agais a brooding atmosphere of slave unrest and bloody uprisings. And if the attacks reach Manon's house, no one can be sure which way Sarah will turn...'
Very good - captures the claustrophobia of the heat, the fear and the social restrictions perfectly. Also nicely ambivalent - all of the main characters are flawed - so that there was no one person I found myself rooting for.
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Posted this morning to KiwiWonder
Although I've read a few books around this time period in the southern United States, this is one of the few (if only) books that doesn't automatically take the position that slavery is a bad thing, or make the focus on freeing either all or one slave. Although personally I do, of course, abhor the practice of slavery, I admit that at the same time I'm fascinated with how people thought about it then, and it's nice to read something that could just have well as been written "in those times". People are very much a product of their time and I think the characters in this book represent that well.
I also thought that the book was about perfectly edited -- I admit my recent reading may have biased me here, as I've now read two or three books on end that could have benefitted from having large portions cut out before publishing, but this one was nearly perfect. There was enough story there that it moved quickly and I never felt lost, but similarly it ended at just the right moment, leaving the reader to draw any and/or all conclusions without feeling the need to spell everything out. The characters were somewhat changed but not tackily or unrealistically so, and the story on the whole seemed very realistic.
This is already one of the better books I've read this year, and I'm grateful I had the chance to!
Off to irishajo in the morning.
I'll send this on to Lillyanna this week.