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Lots of typing errors in this version
on 5 July 2014
An interesting story, remarkable for its matter-of-fact style. That people could endure such a brutal and unjust situation, yet convey their story without a sense of bitterness or hatred is staggering. I didn't want to see the film because I find it so painful to watch the inhumanity of humankind and I know that I would feel wretched at the end. The tone of the book, however, makes it possible to hear Solomon's story without feeling the horror and perhaps helps you to understand the learned helplessness of a person who is enslaved. What struck me as most shocking was the institutionalization of slavery, that laws existed to legitimize and sustain it, just as with apartheid in South Africa. I knew the facts beforehand but this narrative effectively conveys the everyday reality of that era. I felt the powerlessness of the people, the fact that there was nothing that could be done because if you fought and failed you would lose your life. The character of Patsey was drawn so well with such sparse language - a young woman, a childlike innocence - dehumanized and destroyed. To think that any living being could withstand such pain and to think that there exist such people who can inflict such cruelty.....I just don't get it.
This kindle version is a poor one, filled with typos but I only paid a few pence for it so I guess that's why.