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  • A Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    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.

    Pablo says: "Great book"
    "Hard to follow as an audiobook"
    Overall

    I suspect this may be easier to follow in print. The point of view changes constantly from one character to another without notice. After a few paragraphs I would realize it was a new person. Perhaps it is to depict the scattered nature of memory? I had to give it up. An audiobook needs a strong, clear narrative for me to follow.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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