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THE HAUNTED AND THE HOLY
Marilyn Sanders Mobley

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By Toni Morrison
Alfred A. Knopf

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THE HAUNTED AND THE HOLY
Marilyn Sanders Mobley


Review of A Mercy
By Toni Morrison
Alfred A. Knopf

Readers familiar with the fiction of Toni Morrison will not be surprised that her latest novel returns to the subject of slavery, one she has already mined with exquisite power. Though the psychological implications of enslavement are as much on her mind as they were in her Pulitzer Prize-winning Beloved, in A Mercy she probes the machine of slavery itself— the routine acts of closing deals and settling
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Kelly
This book is short at 167 pages but that is beneficial since it often requires rereading of passages. This is due to the narrator switching several times and the reader not always being sure of who is doing the talking. Despite this (sometimes frustrating) aspect, this book is beautifully written. It is like a puzzle when put together which makes the work more worthwhile. Morrison is so eloquent and does such a good job of wrapping the whole story together in the end. Often in this work her writ ...more
Kristen
I thought I'd love this book and was surprised not to. The time period and subject matter promised to be interesting -- the 1680s in the land that would one day be VA and MD, with a cast of characters that included a slave from Africa via Barbados, her daughter -- born into slavery and given up by her mother for a life she hoped would be better, a native American woman, a free African man, indentured servants, European settlers of various religious persuasions. But I felt the character developme ...more
Morgan
Usually listening to audiobooks puts me to sleep, but listening to Morrison read her own text worked for me. The novel felt too short; I wanted to know more about these characters.
Nikita T. Mitchell
Long gone (ok only recently) are the days when I read a book to the end, for better or for worse, before judging it. There are just too many good ones out there... Sorry Ms. Morrison. Next!
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