The Longest Memory

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From William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner to Toni Morrison's Beloved, modern American fiction engaged with slavery has provoked fiery controversy. So will The Longest Memory, the powerful, beautifully crafted, internationally acclaimed fictional debut of prizewinning Guyanese poet Fred D'Aguiar. In language extraordinary for its tautness and resonance, The Longest Memory tells the story of a rebellious, fiercely intelligent young slave, who in 1810 attempts to flee a Virginia plantation - and of his father who inadvertently betrays him. The young slave's love for a white girl who slakes his forbidden thirst for learning and his painful relationship with his father are hauntingly evoked in this novel of astonishing lyrical simplicity. It is a measure of D'Aguiar's achievement and bravery that The Longest Memory is informed not only by the complicities between black slave and white master but also by the tensions among slaves themselves - between stoic survivalists and passionate rebels. Remarkable for its keenness of observation, subtlety, and restraint, The Longest Memory heralds the arrival of a major new voice in the contemporary literature of the African diaspora.

In language unique for its tautness and resonance, this powerful debut novel, set in 1810 Virginia, tells the story of a rebellious, fiercely intelligent young slave and his father, who inadvertently betrays him. The young slave's love for a white girl who quenches his forbidden thirst for learning and his painful relationship with his father are unforgettably drawn in this astonishingly lyrical work.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A slave flees a Virginia plantation in 1810; his father divulges his whereabouts to their master, hoping to win leniency; instead, the runaway is caught and whipped to death, just one day after his mother has died. This stark tragedy unfolds through a chorus of alternating voices in this fiercely lyrical, powerful fiction debut by Guyanese poet D'Aguiar (Mama Dot). The intense guilt felt by Whitechapel, the anguished father who inadvertently betrays his son, Chapel, drives the narrative. Sanders Junior, a sadistic overseer, kills Chapel without realizing that they are half-brothers (through an act of rape by Sanders Senior). Another pivotal element that broadens the story is Chapel's doomed love affair with Lydia, the plantation master's free-spirited, abolitionist daughter, with whom he plans to escape to freedom. Through a series of mock contemporary newspaper editorials inserted into the text, D'Aguiar incisively represents the struggle of racist Virginia planters to reconcile slaveholding with Christianity. He also explores the conflict among African American slaves between obedient, stoic survivalists and defiant rebels, adding resonance to his haunting tale. (Jan.)
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The early 19th-century Virginia plantation that forms the setting of this first novel by a prize-winning Guyanese poet and playwright is a remarkable place, peopled with philosophical types of the sort that inhabit the TV series Picket Fences: the wise old slave who is forced to watch his wife's rebellious son flogged to death, the "enlightened" plantation owner who eschews such punishment, the local newspaper editor, and even the cruel overseer who is able to reflect on his fate and argue issues. The plot concerns a young slave, in love with a white girl, who is inadvertently betrayed by his father when he attempts to flee. Readers who can suspend disbelief and slough off the didacticism will be rewarded by D'Aguiar's lyrical and evocative rendering of this singular American tragedy through the various points of view-in modes ranging from rhymed couplets to diary entries and editorials-of each of the participants. For general collections.-David Sowd, formerly with Stark Cty. District Lib., Canton, Ohio
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  • ISBN-13: 9780380727001
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Pages: 138
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2006

    longest memory: must read

    This is a wonderfull book that explores the life of slaves and the times they lived in. It explores all the sides of a very tragic and dramatic death.

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