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A Mercy de Toni Morrison
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A Mercy (edició 2009)

de Toni Morrison (Autor)

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In exchange for a bad debt, an Anglo-Dutch trader takes on Florens, a young slave girl, who feels abandoned by her slave mother and who searches for love--first from an older servant woman at her master's new home, and then from a handsome free blacksmith.
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Títol:A Mercy
Autors:Toni Morrison (Autor)
Informació:Vintage (2009), Edition: Reprint, 224 pages
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A Mercy de Toni Morrison

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    White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America de Don Jordan (AsYouKnow_Bob)
    AsYouKnow_Bob: When she was out promoting "A Mercy", Toni Morrison talked up 'White Cargo' as a non-fiction approach to the ground she was covering.
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    Little Fingers de Filip Florian (Othemts)
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    The Book of Negroes de Lawrence Hill (tangentialine)
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Anglès (123)  Neerlandès (3)  Francès (3)  Finès (3)  Noruec (2)  Totes les llengües (134)
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I don't know how anyone can read Toni Morrison to analyse how she writes because her words sink me effortlessly into her world and I walk with her characters - no way to stand back. This book has an ever shifting voice as each person speaks. And while you can feel the distance of time in the voices, there is no distance in the relevance to today. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Excellent novel, not my favorite from her but well worth reading. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
This book is dense and rich with many women's voices, which at first made it hard to follow. But Morrison's seamless narration and incredible prose reeled me in and left me reeling after the book was over. In some ways it reminds me of the many voices and mindsets in Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, but it approaches slavery, identity, ownership, love, and betrayal in ways that are timeless and relatable. I cannot stop thinking about this book. I highly recommend the audiobook--Morrison herself reads it. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Story set in the early years of the colonies before they were the United States. It tells the stories of marginalized people mostly women but each of their perspectives. The women are a woman bought to be a bride, a Indian woman slave/servant, a psychologically damaged young girl from a ship, a black slave girl removed from her mother at a very early age. I like Morrison's writing. This is the 2009 Tournament of Books winner and of the Morrison books I've read it is probably my least favorite. It has much of what her other books have, it was just harder to follow.
Rating 3.3 ( )
  Kristelh | Sep 10, 2020 |
Poetic, almost musical in tone. Morrison's characters, mostly women, voice the excruciating pain of being taken, sold, and treated as females, as slaves, less than human. Enduring heat, or cold, beatings, and rapes. Not having command of their own bodies because they are owned by others. Always fearful of the present and the future, not knowing what will happen. That is why a minha mae begs Jacob to take her daughter Florens with him. She recognizes the humanity in Jacob, a white farmer, and knows what Senhor and his men will do to Florens before long.

It seems like Jacob and Rebecca have a nearly perfect marriage. But…not the farming skills required to become prosperous. All their children have died. Jacob travels to make money, while Rebecca and her female slaves work the farm and do the housework. She treats them well.

She isn’t pleased that Jacob decides to build a larger home. And the hypocrisy and self-righteousness of her Presbyterian neighbors who think their narrow-minded beliefs make them sinless and safe, while they shun and neglect Jacob and Rebecca which hurts her deeply.

Rebecca, now a widow, and recently recovered from smallpox, has changed. Florens has experienced her own crisis. Sorrow has found love, in her new baby, and begins healing. It may be that Lina suffers the most because Rebecca has shut her out.

Morrison has created a stunning mystical world describing horrific physical and emotional suffering innate in the institution of slavery. And vividly shows the very human feelings of jealousy and fear, but also of the visceral craving for love and kindness.
  Bookish59 | Aug 19, 2020 |
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The landscape of “A Mercy” is full of both beauties and terrors: snow “sugars” eyelashes, yet icicles hang like “knives”; a stag is a benign and auspicious apparition, yet at night “the glittering eyes of an elk could easily be a demon.” But whatever the glories and the rigors of nature may signify to the civilized, for these characters, living in the midst of it, nature doesn’t signify. It’s simply to be embraced or dreaded — like the people with whom they have to live. In Morrison’s latest version of pastoral, it’s only mercy or the lack of it that makes the American landscape heaven or hell, and the gates of Eden open both ways at once.
afegit per zhejw | editaNew York Times, David Gates (Nov 28, 2008)
 
Morrison uses multiple narrators expertly (think also of Jazz), moving easily from third person to first, changing dictions and emphasis, fearlessly closing the novel with the previously unheard voice of Florens's mother. By doing so, she circles hawk-like around the moment of mercy, exploding its six degrees of repercussion from one life to the next, asking whether forgiveness or salvation is possible....

Although there's levity with a riotous tea party among the bawdy women who travel steerage with Rebekka, A Mercy is a sad, pessimistic novel, suspicious of the early makings of a democracy, unrelenting in leaving the unwanted unloved. And yet, the signature elements of Morrison's fiction—love turned inside out, history flipped on its head, biblical references, folk wisdom, ghosts, and an old-fashioned bloody, heart-wrenching tale—bring great relief. After the disappointing last two books, Paradise and Love, Toni Morrison's ninth novel roars across the arc of America's birth, wielding a prowess to haunt the reader as only Morrison can do.
afegit per zhejw | editaThe Village Voice, Lenora Todaro (Nov 19, 2008)
 
Themes of slavery and grief, of women's struggles to escape the bitterness of the captive world, are at the center of Morrison's work. They also lie at the heart of her new novel, "A Mercy," which looks to history once again -- in this case, the 1680s and 1690s -- to explore the agonies of slavery among the settlers of the New World. Such a description makes Morrison's novel sound far too pat, however; it slights the poetry and breadth of her work. Yes, "A Mercy" is about slavery, but in the most universal sense, meaning the limits we place on ourselves as well as the confinements we suffer at the hands of others.
afegit per zhejw | editaLos Angeles Times, Judith Freeman (Nov 16, 2008)
 
Morrison structures the novel in her familiar manner, giving one chapter by turns to each competing voice, collapsing time frames, seldom letting her characters directly rub up against one another, trapping each of them in their biographies. In this way, she creates something that lives powerfully as an invented oral history and that seems to demand to be taken as a parable, but one whose meaning - which lives in the territory of harshness and sacrifice - is constantly undermined or elusive.
afegit per zhejw | editaThe Guardian, Tim Adams (Oct 25, 2008)
 

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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Toni Morrisonautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Engen, BodilTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Hoekmeijer, NicoletteTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ràfols Gesa, FerranTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Riera, ErnestTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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In exchange for a bad debt, an Anglo-Dutch trader takes on Florens, a young slave girl, who feels abandoned by her slave mother and who searches for love--first from an older servant woman at her master's new home, and then from a handsome free blacksmith.

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