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Sacred Hunger

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Lust for lucre

    Debt, slavery, the nature of justice and morality. Screw you Ayn Rand.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2000

    Sacred storytelling

    At last, a book! I was intent to read the book that was trying to be written during 'Sugar and Rum'. I hadn't been so interested since searching out 'A Rebours' (the phantom book of Dorian Gray). Sacred Hunger is a book that I thought couldn't be written by a present day author due to the general lack of talent. Thank you Barry Unsworth. To anyone reading this review please excuse my lack of information (there are people more able to do that) and read Sacred Hunger. A visit to the slave museum in Liverpool would then bring it home.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Well worth it

    I am guilty of starting a book, and if it is slow going after about 100 pages, I put it down and (sometimes) never go back. I almost did that on Sacred Hunger, and am really glad I persevered. The book has great historical details on shipbuilding, life aboard a slave ship, early British society, the history of early Florida and the African slave trade. The characters are flawed, the story is dark, but absolutely wonderful. Great book for a book club. A very powerful book--one of the best I have read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2009

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    A Blockbuster

    A powerful book set at the time of the triangle trade. Unsworth possesses the knack of writing characters who are truly believable and understandable even if they are despicable. The gut-wrenching sections aboard the slave ship are not for the faint-hearted, but the book continues beyond these horrors as the shipwrecked survivors establish a utopian community in Florida. I found this book very hard to put down and highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2003

    a Masterpiece. Superb

    Barry Unsworth is definitely one of the finest writers of our time. He may be the BEST. Memorable scenes never described as well aboard a slave boat. and the Liverpool culture, and the times. and the conflicting personalities and cultures

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    I loved this book

    Beautifully written.

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

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    Good Historical Novel - for those interested in early slavery

    While I'm 3/4 of the way through this book, I find it most interesting in looking back at the slave trade and the early settling of Florida. The characters are somewhat dark, but they seem to work well with the subject and the reality of those days. Life was harsh and conditions for black slaves were abominable. It breaks your heart as you feel the plight of black slaves and the emotional pain of leaving their entire life and loved ones behind for a life (if they survived) of being less than a dog. If you like history I highly suggest this. While I can't say it's exciting, I have already purchased the next book in the series to see where it goes. It does have a way of taking you in with its characters.

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