A Mercy


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'A beautiful and important book' The Times On the day that Jacob, an Anglo-Dutch trader, agrees to accept a slave in lieu of payment for a debt from a plantation owner, little Florens's life changes irrevocably. With her keen intelligence and passion for wearing the cast-off shoes of her mistress, Florens has never blurred into the background and now at the age of eight she is uprooted from her family to begin a new life with a new master. She ends up part of Jacob's household, along with his wife Rebekka, Lina their ...

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Jan 26, 2012

Toni Morrison - Under-rated

A Mercy is not given enough attention. An important book and important part of Morrison's body of work.


Dec 29, 2009

a one day read

If you love Morrison, you know it usually takes a while to get through her complex books, but A Mercy is short enough- and simple enough- for an adult with a few hours of free time to read in one day. Morrison captures different characters by using different points of view skillfully and beautifully. A careful reader easily hears each person. If you're a mom, this book will resonate, as several of the women deal with child-related tragedy. I've read Beloved 6 times and loved it more each time, and A Mercy might not be "as good as" Beloved, but it is haunting, harsh, and gorgeous all at the same time.


Jan 30, 2009

Excellent Book-
Very thought provoking yet easy to follow the different storylines.
I LOVED the way to weaves in the significance of the title-
You really feel the act as truly, A MERCY-

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