Stunning, shaming, profoundly disturbing,
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This review is from: The Book of Night Women (Paperback)
This is a really excellent book, possibly one of the best books I have read in the past decade. When I read the description and realised it was written in patois I thought I might find this a difficult read. Not so at all, beautifully written and so easy to get into the rhythm & cadence of the language. The story follows the life of Lilith, a slave girl on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the turn of the 19th century. Lilith's story is brutal, harrowing and led me to go on to read histories of the slave trade and more specifically of the Caribbean - sadly and shockingly all of the treatments meted out to the fictional Lilith and her fellow slaves are based on documented accounts of cruelty - the slave trade was truly a holocaust which lasted over 200 years, shameful.