A Mercy

A Mercy On the day that Jacob an Anglo Dutch trader and adventurer agrees to accept a slave in lieu of payment of a debt from a plantation owner little Florens life changes With her intelligence and passio

  • Title: A Mercy
  • Author: Toni Morrison
  • ISBN: 9780099502548
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • On the day that Jacob, an Anglo Dutch trader and adventurer, agrees to accept a slave in lieu of payment of a debt from a plantation owner, little Florens life changes With her intelligence and passion for wearing the cast off shoes of her mistress, Florens has never blended into the background and now at the age of eight she is taken from her family to begin a new life.On the day that Jacob, an Anglo Dutch trader and adventurer, agrees to accept a slave in lieu of payment of a debt from a plantation owner, little Florens life changes With her intelligence and passion for wearing the cast off shoes of her mistress, Florens has never blended into the background and now at the age of eight she is taken from her family to begin a new life She ends up part of Jacob s household, along with his wife Rebekka, Lina their Native American servant and the strange and melancholy Sorrow who was rescued from a shipwreck Together these women face the trials of their harsh environment as Jacob attempts to carve out a place for himself in the brutal landscape of the north of America in the seventeenth century.

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    1. Toni Morrison

      Toni Morrison born Chloe Anthony Wofford , is an American author, editor, and professor who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature for being an author who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed African American characters among the best known are her novels The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 In 2001 she was named one of The 30 Most Powerful Women in America by Ladies Home Journal.

    894 thoughts on “A Mercy”

    1. having never read toni morrison, i felt it could be a mistake to pick up her newest book, particular it being one so late in her career -- this can really be the kiss of death i mean imagine judging bowie’s career after having only heard Tonight? or dylan’s after listening to Saved? i resisted morrison for years -- saw her as kind of the literary equivalent of morgan freeman perpetually playing a variation of the ‘magical negro’… y’know, the wise, deep-voiced, saintly guy who pretty [...]


    2. “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 MercyIt’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, [...]


    3. Toni, 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 the f [...]


    4. 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 [...]


    5. 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: Native American Lina - whose tribe has been decimated by disease; black child Florens - who was given away by her mother; and jinxed Sorrow, who seems to bring bad luc [...]


    6. This is a devastating look not only at the slave experience in the 17th century, but of various forms of bondage and of the place of women in that world. While skin color may have defined one sort of servitude, gender and class define others. Yet there are ways to find space between the bars.Toni Morrison - from The Telegraph Set in the late 17th century, this is an ensemble story. Florens is a young, spirited slave girl. She speaks in the first person giving us a look from inside her skin. Exce [...]


    7. 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 [...]


    8. Toni Morrison’s A Mercy is one of the most infuriating, lovely, haunted and haunting works I’ve read in many a moon. It is one of the few books I can remember that sent me back to read key passages and even whole chapters after I finished it to get clues to its maddeningly vague denouement and sample the blood-soaked, well-seeded soil of its prose one more time. I didn’t reread anything in frustration, but in gratitude and admiration. A Mercy is set ostensibly in the late 17th century, a f [...]


    9. أولًا : بعيدًا عن الرواية لا تجعلوا دور النشر تخدعكم – خصوصًا العربية – بجملة الروائي الحائز على جائزة البوكر عام. الروائي الحائز على جائزة البحر المتوسط عام. الروائية الحائزة جائزة نوبل عام هذا من باب العلم فقط وليس له علاقة بهذه الرواية. وفور مشاهدتكم لهذه الجملة أجعلوا ال [...]


    10. اگه پیش فرضتون راجع به این کتاب موریسون یه داستان کلیشه ای از برده داریه در اشتباهید. داستان در امریکای قرن هفده میگذره .کتاب رو میشه به خاطر چهار شخصیت اصلی فلورنس، ربه کا، سارو و لینا زنانه به حساب آورد ولی همزمان به خاطر صحبت کردن راجع به مفاهیم عمیق انسانی به مردان هم توصیه [...]


    11. By the end of this novel I felt as though I had finished reading a collection of character sketches that could be used to form a much larger and perhaps more coherent text. Each chapter skips around from one character to another, and from first to third person narration, which in itself is not a problem, and if done well can make an interesting and eclectic whole. In this case, the text simply became frustrating; a puzzle that is frankly not interesting enough to put together. The characters in [...]


    12. 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 [...]


    13. 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 differ [...]


    14. 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 [...]


    15. 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 [...]


    16. 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 [...]


    17. 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.


    18. "لا تخف فلا يمكن أن تصيبك روايتي بأي أذى بالرغم ما قمت به. أعدك بأن أستلقي بهدوء في الظلام، ربما أو أرى من وقت لآخر الدم من جديد لكنني لن أثني أعضائي أبداً عن النهوض ولن أكشر عن أسناني".بهذه الأسطر الغريبة بدأت "توني موريسون" روايتها التي ركزت على النساء ذو البشرة السمراء في زمن [...]


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    20. "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.


    21. 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 [...]


    22. 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 [...]


    23. 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???


    24. 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 [...]


    25. 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.


    26. Kesinlikle çok değişik, büyülü bir anlatımı vardıAktıkça hikayenin büyüsü artmıştı kederi şiir gibi sunmuştu yazar, içtikçe içesim gelmişti her satırı


    27. 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 ancestorsPeople who ended up in America in the 17th century for one reason or another and mixed together--Europeans of various origins, Natives, and Afric [...]



    28. 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 happen [...]


    29. "poison is like the drowned, it always floats"nsider this phrase from the novel and you will capture the primary emphasis of this bookwhat i mean by this is captured in the figures of jacob and florenss which represent the full spectrum of the slave relationshipwith jacob, the slave owner, morrison depicts the notion that one cannot just sip lightly from a poisoned cup and avoid being poisonedkewise one cannot merely dip one's toe into an economic system founded on slavery without being corrupte [...]


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