The Polished Hoe: A Novel

by Austin Clarke | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0060557621 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingperryfranwing of Elk Grove, California USA on 8/15/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Sunday, August 15, 2010
This novel, by a Canadian writer born in Barbados, explores the brutality of plantation life, not as it was experienced in the fields but in the subtler cruelties inflicted on a worker named Mary, who, as a girl, catches the manager's eye and then becomes his favored mistress and the mother of his only son. Forced into a life of loveless "fooping" but also one of material comfort and privilege, Mary is separated both from her own people and from the white establishment, and spends decades in her "home-prison" contemplating the "ritual and arrangement of life on the Plantation." With an obvious affection for Caribbean cadence and its rum-soaked asides, Clarke unfolds Mary's story through the meandering statement she gives to the police after she has taken gruesome revenge on her "master" using the hoe of the title, the very tool that his attentions enabled her to drop.

Journal Entry 2 by wingperryfranwing at Wishlist RABCK, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, December 27, 2014

Released 6 yrs ago (12/27/2014 UTC) at Wishlist RABCK, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases


Sending to hyphen8 -- a wishlist tag. I tried reading the first 50 or so pages of this and couldn't get into it. Hope you have better luck with it!

Journal Entry 3 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Arrived today as a - thank you!

Journal Entry 4 by winghyphen8wing at Lowe's Home Improvement in Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, June 30, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (6/30/2018 UTC) at Lowe's Home Improvement in Honolulu, Hawaii USA


Friday, June 29, 2018: left with the hoes (and other garden tools). (Larger photo here.)

Released for gypsysmom's Canada Days challenge and babypooh's Allergic to A challenge.

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