A Mercy

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the novel is set in 1680’s when slave trade in America is still in its infancy. Jacob Vaark is an Anglo- Dutch trader who takes a small slave girl in part payment for a bad debt. The girl is Florens who can read and write and might be useful to Jacob’s farm. She is in search for love, first from Lina, an old woman, then later from a handsome blacksmith, an African who was never enslaved.

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The book stands out because it is the best book and it reveals what lies beneath the surface of slavery.

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It is an ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother and daughter , a mother who casts off her daughter in order to save her and a daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment.

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The style and narration are hard to follow.

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