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Starred Review. Nobel laureate Morrison returns more explicitly to the net of pain cast by slavery, a theme she detailed so memorably in Beloved. Set at the close of the 17th century, the book details America's untoward foundation: dominion over Native Americans, indentured workers, women and slaves. A slave at a plantation in Maryland offers up her daughter, Florens, to a relatively humane Northern farmer, Jacob, as debt payment from their owner. The ripples of this choice spread to the inhabitants of Jacob's farm, populated by women with intersecting and conflicting desires. Jacob's wife, Rebekka, struggles with her faith as she loses one child after another to the harsh New World. A Native servant, Lina, survivor of a smallpox outbreak, craves Florens's love to replace the family taken from her, and distrusts the other servant, a peculiar girl named Sorrow. When Jacob falls ill, all these women are threatened. Morrison's lyricism infuses the shifting voices of her characters as they describe a brutal society being forged in the wilderness. Morrison's unflinching narrative is all the more powerful for its relative brevity; it takes hold of the reader and doesn't let go until the wrenching final-page crescendo. (Nov.)
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Several reviewers ranked A Mercy near the top of Toni Morrison's catalogue—an impressive feat. Given the subject of slavery, comparisons with Beloved are inevitable; critics tended to think of A Mercy as a more compact companion piece to that work. Many reviewers also noted that A Mercy is more accessible than Morrison's other novels that were written since she won the Nobel Prize, showing that the award does not, in fact, curse its recipients with literary decline. But a few reviewers also noted the inevitable deference given to an author like Morrison. Some sections of A Mercy may seem obscure, they suggested, but that obscurity simply indicates that those sections deserve another read. The reviewer from the Dallas Morning News summed it up nicely: this novel is more accessible than Morrison's recent work, and is all the better for it. But there is still plenty of allusion and poetry so that you won't forget who you're reading—or why there may be a few passages that you're rereading.
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In the beginning, it was hard to understand because it was a different way of writing rather than a narrative. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Sivana Ascencio
I BOUGHT THE AUDIOBOOK AND WHEN I FOUND OUT TONI WAS GOING TO READ IT I WAS OVERJOYED BUT SOON STRUGGLED TO LISTEN. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Margaret Opine
Riveting read. In my humble opinion, Morrison will be noted as the quintessential genius of American literature. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karla
During the first read, "A Mercy" is nothing short of infuriating. This was the first novel I ready by Toni Morrison and its complexity baffled me. I hated it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ace1339
The book was interesting but difficult to follow,as she switches from what happening now to what happened in the past.And hallucinations interjected too. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roe
I personally loved the way the story was written. The rhythm takes some getting used to, but once you are, the story really comes together.Published 3 months ago by sweetme