Week 6/52: A Mercy by Toni Morrison

33634598

Confession: I am feeling guilty for not loving East of Eden. Hopefully you still like me? 

So I read A Mercy, another novel telling a very American story right on the heels of East of Eden. And it's devastating. If you have never read anything by Toni Morrison, this is a very good place to start. First, it's not that long and second, it's not quite as arresting as Beloved. Set in 1690, A Mercy tells the story of a white farmer, his wife, and the three slave women on their farm. The utter depravity of the slave trade in the New World brings nothing but destruction in the lives of the characters, particularly the women in the novel. The language is beautiful. No trickery here.

β€œTo be given dominion over another is a hard thing; to wrest dominion over another is a wrong thing; to give dominion of yourself to another is a wicked thing.”

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Week 6/52: A Mercy by Toni Morrison

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s