A Mercy

by Toni Morrison

I picked this up in the library, having read Beloved which I also recommended for our book group.

This book seemed to be to be more accessible than Beloved (which some of our book group members described as ‘magical realism’, though I would strongly resist that description).  A slave girl in the seventeenth century undertakes a hazardous journey.  The story shed light on the conditions of slaves in the earliest years, and of the journeys they undertook – by force – from their native Africa.

From a historical point of view, this was an interesting read, though the story and characters themselves are not memorable.

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