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Valerie Martin’s Property delivers an eerily mesmerizing inquiry into slavery’s venomous effects on the owner and the owned. The year is 1828, the setting a Louisiana sugar plantation where Manon Gaudet, pretty, bitterly intelligent, and monstrously self-absorbed, seethes under the dominion of her boorish husband. In particular his relationship with her slave Sarah, who is both his victim and his mistress.
Exploring the permutations of Manon’s own obsession with Sarah against the backdrop of an impending slave rebellion, Property unfolds with the speed and menace of heat lightning, casting a startling light from the past upon the assumptions we still make about the powerful and powerful.
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Publishers Weekly Review
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A book that reflects on politics is something that has every bit of what is going on in the present world, but at a different expense of course. We are all property of someone or something. Bringing this to a wider concept, it is not just about being African American, or being women; it is about each and every person being the property of someone or something.
Waste of my time
This book is foul. The author speaks from a slave owner point of person. She makes the women out to be a victim. That owning slaves and a emotionless husband made her to be some kind of charity case. It gets worse as the book comes to a pointless end. What exactly was the message at the end, what point was being made. This book truly bothered me. It angered me in a way that I can't exactly explain. I felt like the author believed the foul things she described. Terrible In my opinion.