Cas22

As a winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction, this novel about the horrors of slavery in America is certainly in illustrious company. And the story of young slave-girl, Cora’s, fight for freedom and dignity in a society that viewed the savage oppression of black people as a right and a duty, is incredibly powerful. However, I found the fragmented writing style, where time, place and voice were often switched without warning, to be both disconcerting and irritating. Nonetheless the novel gave me valuable insights into this dark and shameful period of human history.

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