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Property Paperback – April 13, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
This is an excellent book, and a very easy read. Like any good depiction of the human grotesque, reading 'Property' feels like watching a car accident, you are disgusted and appalled, yet you can't look away.
This was a fictional slave narrative in the most unusual sense ... from the point of view of a remorseless female slave owner. It examines the psyche of the oppressor, making one even more sympathetic toward the oppressed! Valerie Martin skillfully created a fascinating portrait of an insolent and self-centered young woman and, in doing so, delved into that "peculiar institution" that denied freedom to whole race of people and was tolerated for so long in this country! VERY POWERFUL! I would definitely consider reading more of Ms. Martin's work.
I wouldn't call "Property" a completely pleasant book to read, but it is powerful. .Martin has written her novel in a terse, matter-of-fact style. "Property" is not one of those books in which the heroine realizes the error of her ways and becomes a better person. Far from it--Manon is a product of her upbringing and is totally desensitized to her slaves' humanity. Her bitterness comes through in every line, and her self-absorption becomes increasingly claustrophobic as events unfold. At the beginning of the book, Manon seems like a potentially sympathetic character, but by the end she's as much a monster as her husband.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're looking for a antebellum novel that captures the inhumane treatment of house slaves in the South, then I highly recommend this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sabbeth43
It's is interesting to see the views of a white woman during these times. Albeit upsetting and difficult to see her perspective.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Easy read. The story was more complicated then I anticipated. Enjoy the main character's thought process and reaction to stimuli.Published 4 months ago by Malika Lovelace
Left me wanting to know more!!! Character follow-up in another book would be great.Published 5 months ago by M. Funderburk
I was very disappointed with this book it was from the perspective of the Slave Owners Wife and hated the way it ended, I would not recommend this to anyone.Published 5 months ago by Marvis Robinson
This book is written (in my opinion) in a pitch-perfect voice for historical fiction. It was a deeply disturbing tale about a horrible and complicated situation where no one is... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Randi A Samuelson-Brown
I like it a lot. However, it's very formulaic and simple, though there's nothing wrong with a concise story, I suppose. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer