Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Mercy by Toni Morrison

This is a beautifully written story about a young American slave girl who cannot understand why her mother abandoned her to a stranger. Morrison's depiction of the mistreatment of slaves and females, the religious intolerance and the dangerous suspicion of anyone "different" in Colonial America was, at times, difficult to read. However, Morrison's poetic writing style takes you through these ugly human qualities with grace and hope. When the mother's reason for abandonment becomes clear, I wanted to cry.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS 3563. O8749 M47 2008
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Theresa Paulsrud, Head of Acquisitions, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Highly Recommended

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