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Human Property Hanging in the Family Tree Yields a Harvest by Ann   Lee
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Jun 27, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: ebook, gave-up
Read in June, 2012

While I do realize this is non-fiction, the writing style really could have done with a lot of editing. Non-fiction books can have a voice to them and I felt that this one severely lacked it. Also, the repetitiveness of the sentences bothered me (eg. "Z happened. Here's why. And so Z happened.") I'd prefer to have it be either: "Z happened. Here's why." or "This happened and the result was Z."

It felt very list-like and I couldn't sense where this was going. Based on the blurb I read, I thought I was going to discover Mariah's story. Instead, I was treated to a long list of people and where they came from and all sorts of details I didn't need to know in order to obtain a good picture of the living conditions Mariah was born into. If I'd been told: "Mr. X, who relates to Mariah because of Y, came from..." then I would've been a lot happier with the narrative because I could see where they were going with the whole thing.

So I gave-up. I may give it another go later, but I just was not gripped enough to struggle through the text to find the interesting bits. Which is sad because I'm sure there are many interesting bits in there.
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