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Property Valerie Martin s Property delivers an eerily mesmerizing inquiry into slavery s venomous effects on the owner and the owned The year is , the setting a Louisiana sugar plantation where Manon Gaudet, pretty, bitterly intelligent, and monstrously self absorbed, seethes under the dominion of her boorish husband In particular his relationship with her slave Sarah, who is both his victim and his mistressExploring the permutations of Manon s own obsession with Sarah against the backdrop of an impending slave rebellion, Property unfolds with the speed and menace of heat lightning, casting a startling light from the past upon the assumptions we still make about the powerful and powerful From the Trade Paperback edition ❰Reading❯ ➿ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – Lavons.co.uk the setting a Louisiana sugar plantation where Manon Gaudet [EPUB] ✷ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector By Delores Fossen – Lavons.co.uk pretty ❰EPUB❯ ✰ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – Lavons.co.uk bitterly intelligent ❰Epub❯ ❧ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) Auteur Carole Mortimer – Lavons.co.uk and monstrously self absorbed ➵ [Reading] ➷ If the Stiletto Fits... 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slave vs mistress relationship, slaves vs freedmen, Creole vs Whites, etc that I had difficulty understanding the foci of the story Perhaps there wasn t one Yet, with all of the slave narratives that exist, I expected mo Rarely do I finish a book and think, what s the point as I try to go where the author takes me However, Valerie Martin took me in many different directions e.g., the comparative relationship between a daughter and each of her parents, slave vs master relationship, slave vs mistress relationship, slaves vs freedmen, Creole vs Whites, etc that I had difficulty understanding the foci of the story Perhaps there wasn t one Yet, with all of the slave narratives that exist, I expectedof a book that had received such accolades There was additional insight into the institution of slavery, there was no gripping emotion, there was no clear protagonist but maybe this is the point There is none The evils and barbarity of slavery are effectively conveyed in this powerful and spellbinding novel The time period is 1828 and set in Louisiana nearly 40 years before the Civil War Property as a title fittingly describes the main premise of this book as it reveals the marital subjugation of Manon Gaudet, a bitter and unhappy wife of a sugar plantation owner and Sarah, a slave girl given to her as a wedding gift and the mother of two illegitimate children from Manon s husband Both women The evils and barbarity of slavery are effectively conveyed in this powerful and spellbinding novel The time period is 1828 and set in Louisiana nearly 40 years before the Civil War Property as a title fittingly describes the main premise of this book as it reveals the marital subjugation of Manon Gaudet, a bitter and unhappy wife of a sugar plantation owner and Sarah, a slave girl given to her as a wedding gift and the mother of two illegitimate children from Manon s husband Both women seethe with hatred and rage over their domination, although we mostly only hear from Manon As a slave, Sarah isn t allowed the luxury of divulging her inner emotions Because Sarah s voice was so rarely heard, it was all theastounding when she finally reveals her own hatred of the Gaudets.The tension is palpable between Manon Gaudet, her plantation owner husband and Sarah and it s played out against a backdrop of a looming slave rebellion I was absolutely transfixed by this tight and eloquent novel as it explores the amoral underbelly of a system that victimized other humans and debased their oppressors This won the orange prize in 2003 The novel is from the perspective of Manon Gaudet, a plantation owners wife It is set in 1828 in Louisiana It is rather brief and reads very easily, despite the horrors it describes The book is in three parts the build up to the slave revolt, the revolt and the aftermath Spoilers aheadManon is the daughter of a slave owner and her husband who she hates She describes the difficulties of her life with him he has a child with one of the house slaves, Sara This won the orange prize in 2003 The novel is from the perspective of Manon Gaudet, a plantation owners wife It is set in 1828 in Louisiana It is rather brief and reads very easily, despite the horrors it describes The book is in three parts the build up to the slave revolt, the revolt and the aftermath Spoilers aheadManon is the daughter of a slave owner and her husband who she hates She describes the difficulties of her life with him he has a child with one of the house slaves, Sarah She also watches him through a spyglass while he plays sadistic, semi sexual games with the early teenage male slaves She hates plantation life and following her husband s death moves to the small town house left by her mother The book has been criticised because there is no redemption at the end, the slaves have no voice and it is unremittingly bleak I think this misses the point This story is an analysis of the slaveowner mentality, of someone who does not even begin to question slave owning and all that goes with it The slaves are commodities to be bought and sold, killed if necessary They are property Manon is not as physically cruel as her husband, but her house slaves are valued for what they can do for her The vindictiveness with which she pursues her slave Sarah, when she escapes during the revolt is chilling There is no economic imperative, just a desire to make Sarah suffer There is also a sense that Manon too is property, being a woman She is never likely to marry again the one man she does like following her husband s death marries someone else because of her wealth Manon does not question her situation and just has her husband wielded power, she too wields the power she has over her slaves, with similar effect As an analysis of the slaveowner it comes to rather a bleak and very sudden ending The reader is left with the conclusion that the battle of ideas will have no effect on this class of people and change will have to come by force I was livid at the end or the last page of this book It was like it ended in the middle of the book As I was heading toward the last 10 pages of this book, I kept wondering, How is she going to finish this in 10 pages Well.she didn t It just stopped Nothing resolved It is about the relationship of a slave and her owners The character of the slave is never developed.at all I suppose that the author wants you to read between the lines but I didn t get it The book was well writt I was livid at the end or the last page of this book It was like it ended in the middle of the book As I was heading toward the last 10 pages of this book, I kept wondering, How is she going to finish this in 10 pages Well.she didn t It just stopped Nothing resolved It is about the relationship of a slave and her owners The character of the slave is never developed.at all I suppose that the author wants you to read between the lines but I didn t get it The book was well written and intriguing but incomplete I was extremely disappointed

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