A terse, tight and tense vignette exploring the unique relationship between master and slave....not a perspective mined by many other authors. This book will make you think long after you read it. It is a quick read, appearing factual and with plotline on the surface. But its true commentary is insidious, echoed soleley between the lines as one reads and wonders and fills in what must have been the thoughts of the characters.
I read this all in one sitting over the weekend and, while I enjoyed it, I think I probably missed the true point of it until the very last line of the novel. The first-person manner in which the story is told leaves the reader wondering what other people's takes on the events of the the book might be. The novel felt a little unfinished to me - a lot of loose ends left hanging - but I think that it's meant to leave you thinking rather than have everything tied in a neat bow. All in all, a good read.
I'm not one to normally take interest in historical fiction, but Valerie Martin presents the story in such a manner that one almost forgets that she is writing about slavery in 1828 Louisiana. The universal concepts within the story make it timeless. The book's short length and easy vocabulary make this a very quick, but interesting, read.
Manon, from whose point of view the story is told, is very cynical about her position as the wife of an unsuccessful plantation owner, about his relationship with her slave Sarah, and about life in general. She is not unlike the slaves in that she too is treated as 'property'.
Interesting view point & quick read
I liked this book a lot - as a matter of fact, I thought it was too short!! I would have liked it go farther into the future with the main character. Very interesting period in time and I liked the fact that this story was told from a woman's point of view.