“Perhaps 2 1/2 stars. I found it interesting enough to finish, partly because the reader of the audiobook, Kevin Free did a fantastic job. (The only thing I didn't like was that the editors didn't give the last sentence of the book a little time to sink in before the moved on to an interview with the author.)
I was anxious to finish and then see what comments other readers have made about this prize winning book. The characters were many and varied, and I did like the fact that the author could show good and bad in each - a human condition.What I didn't care for was the organization of the book. You're introduced to a character, are told how they're going to die and when, then back in time to a time before their first introduction, and then into the future again. Then you're on to the next character and given information about their relationship to other characters, and glimpse of the future, perhaps some of their past, who they will marry, what happened to them as a child. And so it goes with many many characters in the book. Certainly not a linear book, and if that's appealing to you then perhaps you'll enjoy it more than I did.
I did enjoy many of the descriptions, eloquently worded about both the environment, and the feelings and internal conflicts the characters faced.
Interesting, but it's not a book I will likely read again.”
“Amazing. The construct offered an eye-opening take on slavery: new, complicated, layered topic. Lots of fascinating characters, fully realized locales, beautiful writing. Truly a must-read for many reasons. ”Lisa B wrote this review Saturday, August 27, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“4 STARS A beautiful book! An epic novel of a slaves and slave owners in a Southern town. ”Kris wrote this review Tuesday, November 8, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Intertwined, powerful tales (images? snippets?) of everyday life in antebellum Virginia.”Lisa K wrote this review Monday, August 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Incredible story about Euro-Americans and African-Americans in the pre-Civil War southern states. The relationships are much more varied than I would have ever know. Wonderfully written, fascinating plot, historical information. Great book.”Sarah wrote this review Thursday, July 14, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This work of historical fiction has so many compelling characters and intricate and seductive plot lines that it becomes nothing short of epic. ”Anne of Green Gables wrote this review Wednesday, June 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“riveting and the reader for the audiobook was excellent!!!!”jackie wrote this review Thursday, May 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It starts slow but once you get past about pg 100 it picks up and is a really good story with a surprise ending. I loved it. It's an improtant part of the history of slavery not much talked about.”BookBum wrote this review Wednesday, May 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Story of a slave's life. I did not like it because the story jumped around and was difficult to follow.”denise wrote this review Thursday, May 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is between liking it and not. Toooo long, too many characters to track, unless you read it over a series of consecutive days. The research, incredible, the stories extraordinary, but maybe should have been broken down, hard to keep up with.”Christine S wrote this review Sunday, May 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No