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Unsworth wrote not just about slaves on a slave ship.

Feb 16, Violet wells rated it liked it. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Make this the next book on your nightstand. Smoke from the fires rose in slow plumes and the cabbage palms outside the stockade stood motionless and stiff, the dead, withered lower fronds bright rust-colour where the sun caught them. Apr 22, Cynthia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Line by line, it is a joy to read — or would be if it weren’t for a late section where everyone starts talking pidgin and we get sentences like this: The novel is arguably the best-known title to have emerged from the Booker competition in the last 20 years.

Straight out of pantomime, he’s such an obscene figure that his presence on the scene is always invigorating — but Thurso also appears to be playing his role for the benefit of modern readers. In this Booker Prize-winning work, Barry Unsworth follows the failing fortunes of Will Winner of the Booker Prize for Fiction Sacred Hunger is a stunning and engrossing exploration of power, domination, and greed. That’s right, The English Patient in fact tied for the Booker with a novel that is still relatively unknown in America.

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Why is this important? July one with a continuing fascination for readers and authors alike–Unsworth illuminates its cruel ties and miscarriages, its floggings and murders, as well as the subtler habits of politics and character that it creates.

I’ll say only that Unsworth puts a man of growing conscience on the top deck of this ship of brutes, a man of letters — watching everything with a learned and philosophic eye that eventually unswort him, as one can only hope learning will do, to action. Man Booker Prize In later years made his home in Umbria, Italy.

The voyage meets its demise, [and] the sailors and slaves set up a secret, utopian society in the wilderness of Flordia, only to await the vengeance of the single-minded, young Kemp. He is very bitter. Nevertheless, I found parts quite tedious.

Unsworth did not start to write historical fiction until his sixth novel, Pascali’s Island. Erasmus, now planning scared marry Sarah, is offered a job by her father, a wealthy business man. There, crew members and slaves live together on equal terms — and apparently in denial of the “sacred hunger” that gives the book its title: We are experiencing technical difficulties.

Not Matthew Paris, who, despite his distaste for cruelty and injustice, is complicit in the slave trade. The contrast is alarming. You can read my full review on my blog, The Mookse and the Gripes. The timeline is the 18th century when slave trading Sacred Hunger was a Booker Prize winner.

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History books can give you the facts, but Barry This is a beautiful book about the contradictory nature of man: The chap was a bit long-winded on this one. Towards the middle of the book a Rousseau-alike called Delblanc hoves onto the scene to help foment shipboard revolution and blather on about the evils of capitalism he is the source of the sacred hunger quote, in fact. Unsworth goes for authenticity of tone which unfortunately often creates a rather leaden feel, most damningly represented by the journal the doctor on the slave ship writes.


The ship’s crew and slaves are said to be living together in a small inland settlement, trading with the local Indians. In any event, I started it and found myself swept up in its epic tale. I think that there may not be a single flat character in the entire book, which is incredible, given the huge number of characters that he creates.

Unsworth tells you this from the beginning; you learn in the Prologue of the elderly man, a beggar on the streets of New Orleans who lived as a slave until he was too old to work, and who had stories of days as a child in a settlement where white and black men lived together and free.

Was it that the author failed to make me empathize with the characters? Jan 10, Pages Buy.

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