A Respectable Trade

by Philippa Gregory | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0061094331 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 3/12/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, March 12, 2006
From Our Editors
In a breakthrough novel that has all the power of Roots and The Thornbirds, Philippa Gregory has created a haunting tale of forbidden love and exhilaration, a rich and poignant story that sets individuals against a society devastated by intolerance and greed

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, February 01, 2009
The year is 1787 and the place is Bristol, England. Josiah Cole is a very ambitious growing slave trader. He has 3 ships which he sails to Africa for slaves which are then sold in the West Indies to the plantation owners for sugar and rum. Josiah wants more. More money and acceptance into the top elite merchant association. To do this he arranges a marraige to a penniless aristocrat, Frances

Frances is at first, resident in a small house adjoining the warehouse. She is required to teach some slaves brought home. She is to make them into British valets and house maids. Sarah, Josiah's sister is critical of her and seems to find fault with her every action and especially her spending.

Mehuru is one of the slaves that has been brought back to Bristol. He was a priest from the noble and civilized country of Yoruba in Africa. He wants his freedom but later finds he also wants Frances. But in this day that is utterly impossible.

The book describes the stench and pollution of the Bristol harbour at this time. Frances is caught between trying to be a lady and feeling compassion for the slaves. She has absolutely no backbone and that is where the book falls down. The reader gets so mad at Frances to finally stand up for herself.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, April 02, 2009
mailed today to my birthday partner

Journal Entry 4 by Xeyra from Seixal, Setúbal Portugal on Sunday, June 14, 2009
Wow, thank you so much, Ace!!! I opened the package yesterday but I've only managed to journal now. Your birthday package was awesome. Thank you!!!!

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