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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  18,545 ratings  ·  2,539 reviews
„Morrison regényében mély érzelmek érlelnek váratlan fordulatokat, és erőteljes sodrású, remekbe szabott képeken át bontakozik ki a végkifejlet.” (Sunday Telegraph)

Attól a naptól kezdve, hogy Jacob elfogad egyik adósától fizetség gyanánt egy rabszolgalányt, a kis Florens élete alaposan megváltozik. Florens szeret asszonya kimustrált cipőjében tündökölni, és e különcségével
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published April 20th 2017 by Park Kiadó (first published 2008)
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Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to brian by: Ruth, Mike Reynolds
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: african-american
“It was there I learned how I was not a person from my country, nor from my families. I was negrita. Everything. Language, dress, gods, dance, habits, decoration, song– all of it cooked together in the colour of my skin.” – Toni Morrison, A Mercy

It’s the 17th Century, and slavery is still relatively new in the Americas. The people living there have either been brought there by force or have voluntarily gone there to start a new life. They are people with no roots in their new country, no famil
Jason Koivu
Toni, Toni, feels good to know you again.

A Mercy is a gorgeous narrative of a dark time that flitters from person to person: child, slave, sympathetic Dutch businessman, mother. Betrayal is ever present, even seemingly from mother to child.

The setting and subject is slavery in 17th century America, specifically Catholic Maryland. These are early days in the New World. Superstition was rife. Black magic and the devil were palpably real.

With a bevy of glimpses Morrison displays most of
Will Byrnes
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Back in college I took a course on Colonial America because I had to. It was pretty tough for me to get into it at the time, since I never really gave a crap about that inaccessible and unglamorous period. I wish this book had been around in those days, because Morrison's efforts to describe that bizarre and confusing world might've helped me get better picture of the time, and therefore care more about what I was learning. To me, A Mercy really is incredible historical fiction that provides acc ...more
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This story occurs in the late 1600s, during early days of slavery in America (that is, African people being used as slaves). By that time however, the tradition of using 'indentured servants' - essentially white slaves - was already well established.

In this tale, several slaves work on a small farm run by Jacob and Rebekka Vaark.

The indentured servants are: Native American Lina - whose tribe has been decimated by disease; black child Florens - who was given away by her mother; and jinxed Sorrow
I was enthralled with the incandescent prose and moving voices of four women in this tale set on a remote farm in colonial New York in the 1690s. It was outstanding in the audiobook form read by the author, often sending chills up my spine with the vibrant power of its poetry. A major theme is how people harness love in all its forms and how they deal with the perception of betrayal. Another is the paradox of the foundation of the new world both on the hunger for freedom and on various forms of ...more
D. Pow
Aug 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I am a Toni Morrison fan and believe she is incapable of writing a bad book, but that doesn't mean I wasn't ready to be critical of her new book if necessary. It's not necessary. The beginning may seem slow (that never bothers me) as we are thrust into a world that is faraway in time, but real. Historical details never bog down; they are worn lightly, as a reviewer put it.

Reviewers have compared one character here to Sethe from Beloved; and though I see the parallel, this is a very differen
Maybe it's the bitter taste Beloved left me with; Maybe it's that she comes off as the poor woman's Maya Angelou; Maybe it's just that no matter how much I want to like her writing, I just can't.

The first four chapters were confusing as hell and the remaining ones were disorienting. The POV's from chapter to chapter were so intertwined, I could barely remember who was talking and found myself constantly going back to the beginning of that particular chapter to double check. Not only that, but t
From my youngest sister, who reads often and prefers "Austenish" lit: "It was confusing and hard to get into and I didn't like the ending, but I did like that we heard every person's side of events. I still like my picks "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and "The Guernsey Potato Peel Pie Society" best."

From my middle sister, who is not a big reader and likes "family smut" (aka divorcee single mother who has had it hard and then finds love in the shape of a Tarzan woodsman living alone and horny in the
Nov 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely not one of my favorites. I am usually a die-hard Morrison fan, but this one just wasn't up to par with her earlier works. Many people have compared this to Beloved, but I find that comparison unjust. This book, while it had its moments of brilliance, was inundated with dense, incomprehensible prose. At times, I was unable to decipher who was speaking and when. It just wasn't a good read for me.
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own, fiction
I love Toni Morrison, the way she holds out the dark truths of Americas past and forces the reader to look and while the themes here are the same as much of her other work this one is a bit more raw, not the writing which is beautiful as always, but here she just lays it all out in plain sight, here it is motherfuckers, And oh man does she really give it to Christianity good for its part in the oppression of women, slave trade, all around evilness, etc, so you know I was into that and I probably ...more
Nov 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, 2009
Dear Ms. Morrison:

I just want you to know that I think you are a wonderful writer. I remember picking up a copy of The Bluest Eye back in 1990 because I was taking a stupid college course and we were required to read a book by a female author written after WWII. I chose your book because it was really short and I didn't want to put a lot of time into that assignment. I remember crying while reading it and wanting to take that little girl out of her miserable life and make her feel better about h
Anabel (inthebookcorner)
"You say I am wilderness. I am. Is that a tremble on your mouth, in your eye? Are you afraid? You should be."

Written in different POV's Morrison's writing is intricate, detailed, and requires close reading to be able to understand. A neo-slave narrative, that's less about slavery itself and more about the real brutality during this time: that to lose ones origins, kinship, and family is to lose ones sense of self.
Edward Waverley
Feb 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned
I needed this. Morrison is always fascinating for me to read; I'm paying attention to the structure, the themes, the tone, and every nuance she wrings out of her perfect sentences.

This is one of her easier novels, one featuring a swirling ensemble of voices, all gazing at the harsh reality of a group of women living in 17th century America.

The whole novel is one fluid tapestry, quite intimate, with a subtlety that is rare for Morrison but which works so well here. She questions how, in a world
I really hate to only give 2 stars to a Toni Morrison book. My main problem with A Mercy (the audio version) was with the narration. Morrison chose to read the book herself, and I'm not sure how well it worked. She reads so slowly and pauses in the middle of sentences so often, it started to feel like an attempted poetry reading. For example, "Far away to the right (pause), beyond the iron fencings (pause), enclosing the property (pause) and softened by mist (pause), he saw Rosa Cortez, quiet (p ...more
Elyse Walters
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before "A Mercy" came out, I had only read "Beloved", "The Bluest Eyes" maybe a year before. (I was out of the country for two years during the 70's --I don't remember reading much of anything during that time), when Toni Morrison had first established herself as a writer 'to read' -- A woman making a difference in the world!

Her writing is deeply felt --(reminding me --I've 2 other books in my house still 'to-read').
"Sula" and her later book "Love".

Her books about slavery reach deep below the
Nov 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the subject of "A Mercy" ie the interdependent lives of African slaves,Native Americans,indentured servants,free blacks,and whites in Catholic early Md.-this book was a bit disapppointing. It seemed as if Ms. Morrison wanted/had to crank out a book so did an "abbreviated" version of her usually phenomenal story-telling. the characters were 1/2 developed-almost but "no cigar" as was the story. Hey-Ms. Morrison has had an illustrious career-maybe next time???
Sentimental Surrealist
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sentimental Surrealist by: My mentor
So this isn't as overtly horrifying as other Morrison novels. With a theme of slavery, one rape implied and a second alluded to, and a late-game breakdown, this statement has more to do with how immensely fucked-up your average Toni Morrison novel is than anything else, but when you consider that other Morrison novels have featured parasitic ghosts, drowned children, murder cults and massacres, the bar for violence and mind games is high in Morrison and A Mercy might not seem to meet the bar. Th ...more
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
I'd never read Morrison before. This was interesting, but the style is a bit confusing. I'm not sure I was able to keep track of all of the characters.
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: educators, people who love deeper meanings
Recommended to kisha by: book club read
I read this with my book club African American Historical Fiction. This is a very hard one to rate and review. I found this story to be dry, mundane, unfascinating, and probably lacking 100 or so pages. This story represented a time rarely discussed, the 1600s. Knowing that alone bored me before even opening the first page. I was extremely surprised to find that the characters in this story were extremely underdeveloped. Honestly I didn't care for or about any of them. But it's funny what happe ...more
Inderjit Sanghera
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toni Morrison’s ‘A Mercy’ is set in late 16th century America; the narrative shifts between a variety of characters, including the Native American servant Lina, Jakob Vaark and his English wife Lina and their slaves, Florens and Sorrow. All of the characters are, in their own way, rootless, blown together like leaves by the poetry and pathos of Toni Morrison’s prose. The novel explores the cause of their rootlessness-for the Black and Native American characters, their rootlessness forms the basi ...more
i'm an unabashed fan of Toni Morrison. she puts the creative in creative writing. which means her style is not for everyone, but i have yet to read a book of hers i didn't love. This particular book hit home for me in a surprising way. Surprising, perhaps, because i started reading it without knowing what it was about. It seems it was about my ancestors...People who ended up in America in the 17th century for one reason or another and mixed together--Europeans of various origins, Natives, and Af ...more
Mohammed Abdi Osman
This is my first novel of this author and i was impressed by how she created a different language, voice for the different point of view characters. They all sounded like real women, men in US before there was US. She presented slavery in different forms and in a subtle way. It was not melodramatic as books about slavery in America can be. As a story the novel didnt grow, end as you expect but it seemed like telling a traditional story was not important to the author.

I liked reading about native
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I welcomed the circling sharks but they avoided me as if knowing I preferred their teeth to the chains around my neck my waist my ankles”
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, the book wasn't bad. It's just that the writing style takes some getting used to. Otherwise, I liked it.
Nov 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"poison is like the drowned, it always floats"...
consider this phrase from the novel and you will capture the primary emphasis of this book...

what i mean by this is captured in the figures of jacob and florens...figures which represent the full spectrum of the slave relationship...
with jacob, the slave owner, morrison depicts the notion that one cannot just sip lightly from a poisoned cup and avoid being poisoned...likewise one cannot merely dip one's toe into an economic system founded on slave
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