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Y Unsworth follows the failing fortunes of William Kemp a merchant pinning his last chance to a slave ship; his son who needs a fortune because he is in love with an upper class woman; and his nephew who sails on the ship as its doctor because he has lost all he has loved The. Here's another 5 star novel I never reviewed Barry Unsworth was an English guy son of a miner something he has in common with DH Lawrence and importantly with me He knocked out all kinds of interesting novels and this is a real pearl all about slavery so of course it's a historical horror story In the middle of the story there's a ship that finds itself randomly beached on the coast of pre Miami Florida and the slaves and sailors then get busy and create for themselves a nearly utopian settlementAnd the novel turns into a very extreme exercise in authorial ventrilouism Barry Unsworth is imagining himself into the minds of characters who are from the 18th century from Africa female Yes a couple of the main characters are patois speaking African women from the 17th century That's uite a breath taking daring leap of imagination for a Durham miner's lad And he does it with elan I was uite convincedSo a Booker Prize winner which is well worth reading You know it's mathematically impossible for them to get it wrong all the time

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Sacred HungerSacred Hunger is a stunning and engrossing exploration of power domination and greed Filled with the sacred hunger to expand its empire and its profits England entered full into the slave trade and spread the trade throughout its colonies In this Booker Prize winning work Barr. Another bloated Booker prize winner Shared the prize with the infinitely sophisticated and innovative The English Patient Another baffling decision on the part of the judges The English Patient is a torchbearer of how nimble and ironically self regarding historical fiction will become in the 21st century I'm thinking of Hilary Mantel and David Mitchell This on the other hand is old school historical fiction No irony no mischief no architectural sleights of hand 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 Here we're treated to lots of Victorian soul searching which might have been realistic but to me was also dreary and meant I had little sympathy for the hero of this novel In fact I was attracted to the baddie Erasmus without uestion the best character in the novel His inept courting of a girl during the rehearsals for an amateur performance of The Tempest was the best part of the whole novel for me In fact that was the only relationship in the entire novel that interested me Life on board the slave ship should have been highly charged and gripping; instead because of the nature of the journal the telling instead of showing and the wholly predictable relationships between the goodies and baddies it was dull There was also the problem that the characters of most interest were the slaves themselves but we learn nothing about them Instead we get detailed intimate accounts of many of the rather dreary motley crew of sailors In fact Unsworth spends way too much time focusing on minor characters who indulge in pages of pointless chit chat I soon learned one could skip these pages without losing a shred of significance to the book's plot which begs the uestion why are they there The novel repeatedly went out of focus for me The novel's fulcrum is the lifelong enmity Erasmus feels towards his cousin the surgeon It never made much sense to me Was Erasmus gay That's the only explanation I can come up with why a man would hate another man because he felt slighted by him when they were children On the good side Unsworth clearly wrote this novel with lots of love this actually becomes a problem because it causes him to get carried away with all his minor characters who might be vivid to him but were often vague to me because there were so many of them and all with similar names And he can write well And it was excellently researched He does a good job of evoking the base mercantile spirit of Empire but failed to dramatise it effectively for me