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2.0 out of 5 stars Promising, but ultimately disappointing, May 21, 2010
This review is from: A Woman Named Solitude (Paperback)
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. At first glance,the summary on the back of the book seemed promising: "Conceived aboard a slave ship and bound for the Caribbean, Solitude was born into slavery and sold on the auction block, a black chattel of a corrupt society-- until she heard the ringing of rebellion on the island wind."

The story is based on legends of a real woman named Solitude. The historical facts themselves are fascinating, and the book poignantly depicts the devastating impact of slavery on slave, master and society. Also brilliantly described are the psychological effects of captivity on the slaves.

There was just something missing, and I couldn't fully engage in the story. My edition is translated to English from the original French, so something may have been lost there. But I think what was lacking, for me, was character development. I felt very removed from the character of Solitude throughout the story. Perhaps this was intentional on the part of the author, a means to depict the emotional distance at which Solitude kept others in order to survive, and maintain her as an enigma.

Perhaps a reread in the future will yield a different experience. But for now, this novel just left me wanting something more.
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