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4.0 out of 5 stars Refined view of Slavery and its impact, 7 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Lady Nugent's Journal of Her Residence in Jamaica from 1801 to 1805 (Paperback)
Set against the backdrop of slavery in Jamaica, reading this book reminds one of the British stiff upper lip and all the qualities that one associate with the British. The reasons this is becomes clear as throughout your walk in this book, everything is viewed through the eyes of the British aristocracy.

Lady Nugent and she is a Lady indeed, holding exceptional rank and privileges. She is also the husband and confidant of the elite, or privileged upper class. Her husband - George Nugent is the Governor General and therefore government by those considered to be the best or most able people in the state. In short, she lives a very privileged life compared to the `blackies' as she puts it.

Many of the places, people and conversations are unrecognisable by modern Jamaicans; be they Black or White. Though this book may evoke many emotions concerning privileged versus unprivileged, it is a worthy manuscript that takes a much different stance looking at the issues of slavery in early 19th century Jamaica. This book may also be an excellent opportunity for those; British or otherwise, to brush-up on their snobbery and remind themselves of how things was, when the British Empire flourished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely enthralling, 28 July 2012
This review is from: Lady Nugent's Journal of Her Residence in Jamaica from 1801 to 1805 (Paperback)
If you want to know Jamaica, you have to read this book. It is written by a unique and contented woman who was happily married and willing to use her good judgement and joie de vivre in conducting her daily life. A historic and historical document of great grace, humour and breadth.

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