A Mercy

A Mercy

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In exchange for a bad debt, an Anglo-Dutch trader takes on Florens, a young slave girl, who feels abandoned by her slave mother and who searches for love--first from an older servant woman at her master's new home, and then from a handsome free blacksmith.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307264237
0307264238
9780676978308
0676978304
Branch Call Number: FICTION MORRISON 2008
Characteristics: 167 p. ; 25 cm

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Through the eyes of three characters, Morrison examines the cost of slavery to all parties involved.

In exchange for a bad debt, an Anglo-Dutch trader takes on Florens, a young slave girl, who feels abandoned by her slave mother and who searches for love--first from an older servant woman at her master's new home, and then from a handsome free blacksmith.

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In exchange for a bad debt, an Anglo-Dutch trader reluctantly takes on Florens, a young slave girl who feels abandoned by her slave mother and who searches for love — first from an older servant woman at her master's new home, and then from a handsome free blacksmith. A Mercy explores the human c... Read More »

In exchange for a bad debt, an Anglo-Dutch trader reluctantly takes on Florens, a young slave girl who feels abandoned by her slave mother and who searches for love — first from an older servant woman at her master's new home, and then from a handsome free blacksmith. A Mercy explores the human c... Read More »


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voisjoe1_0
Jan 26, 2016

A Mercy is a short, but very complex novel. It deals with colonial America circa 1680-90 and includes a diverse variety of people. Included are Jacob Vaark (Sir), a farmer and perhaps a rum runner, his wife Rebekka (Mistress), a female Native American servant (Lina), a young female slave (Florens), a possibly indentured young female servant ( Sorrow), a freedman blacksmith, and two white indentured workers Scully and Willard. We begin to get the picture that colonial America is basically a land of a few rich white men who basically profit off the labor of indentured Whites and Black slaves – not quite the advanced Democracy as told in most U.S. History books. The structure of the novel, like other Morrison novels, is quite complex and as with most of her works, I had to restart after 50 pages once the construction of the chapters became more clear.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 08, 2014

Not up to her best work, but still a powerful story told in an array of voices, each of which sounds authentic.

mrsgail5756 Sep 22, 2012

A very good read. I enjoyed this book I would recommend this book for all to read.

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uncommonreader
Aug 02, 2012

This book is set in 1680s New England at the beginnings of the slave trade and race hatred. It tells the stories of five diverse women. Excellent.

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