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Song of Slaves in the Desert By Alan Cheuse,

  • Title: Song of Slaves in the Desert
  • Author: Alan Cheuse
  • ISBN: 9781402242991
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Legacy of Slavery The Loyalty of Family The Lure of Love He has no history in the rice fields, no background in being a master Plantations are as foreign to him as the African plain that birthed the slaves his uncle owns Surely, though, he knows his own heart She has no say in his decisions, his day, his life She doesn t even have a say in her own But when Nathan The Legacy of Slavery The Loyalty of Family The Lure of Love He has no history in the rice fields, no background in being a master Plantations are as foreign to him as the African plain that birthed the slaves his uncle owns Surely, though, he knows his own heart She has no say in his decisions, his day, his life She doesn t even have a say in her own But when Nathaniel Pereira plunges into the murky mysteries of freedom and survival in the suffocating Southern heat, Liza can see how she might change her life forever.Tracing the thread of slavery from sixteenth century Timbuktu, Song of Slaves in the Desert explores one man s struggle to understand a world where honor is in short supply yet dignity cannot be sold His mission in peril, his mind nearly undone, Nathaniel s obsession binds him to his fate tightly than chains ever could Cheuse shows that in one way or another, we all experience slavery, and that freedom is never given but must be taken at all cost The book s epic vision is deeply human and humane Helon Habila, author of Waiting for an Angel and Measuring Time Alan Cheuse, one of our most respected men of letters, has written a daring, provocative novel Some readers will be captivated by his depiction of the horrors of slavery and Jewish involvement in the peculiar institution, and others will be troubled and perhaps even offended, for the subject of race in America is always controversial, but no one who reads Song of Slaves in the Desert will emerge from its pages unaffected Charles Johnson, author of the National Book Award winner Middle Passage A novelist s dream is to conjure up a whole world, one the reader can tumble right into and inhabit I fell into Alan Cheuse s Song of Slaves in the Desert like that I confess I felt a twinge of envy at Cheuse s success, his fully imagined song and its people But the envy immediately gave way to gratitude for having had the chance to enter and treasure the world he s made here Josephine Humphreys, author of Dreams of Sleep Cheuse passionately evokes a vanished world of master and slave, Jew and Gentile, all hurtling toward the tumult and destruction of war The novel is full of the loss and longing that come with a world divided forever, people from their people and from their past Fascinating Lynn Freed, author of The Servants Quarters A masterful writer skilled in both accuracy and nuance, Alan Cheuse grapples with the nether parts of our history, the murky boundary between right and wrong, and the wild tendency of love to break free.For than two decades, Alan Cheuse has served as NPR s voice of books He is the author of four novels, including The Grandmothers Club, The Light Possessed, and To Catch the Lightning winner of the 2009 Grub Street National Prize for fiction , several collections of short stories, and a pair of novellas He is also the editor of Seeing Ourselves Great Early American Short Stories and coeditor of Writers Workshop in a Book.
    Song of Slaves in the Desert The Legacy of Slavery The Loyalty of Family The Lure of Love He has no history in the rice fields no background in being a master Plantations are as foreign to him as the African plain that birthed t

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    1. This is one of those books I wasn t sure if I would like, but couldn t put it down All in all, I really did enjoy it, in spite of some of the changes I wish the author would have made I felt the beginning was a bit disjointed, with a little too much information In the beginning it was difficult for the reader to connect the very different stories together as part of one plot As the story progressed, I found it easier to understand the true meaning of the first part of the book The story was most [...]

    2. Two very interesting stories that combine about a family from Africa who is brought to Charleston in the slave trade, and a family from Holland who lives in New York The New York family has a brother who lives in Charleston and who owns a plantation, and sends his son to check out if it is a good value The story has great messages about freedom, love, and interpersonal relations.

    3. I thought this was a good book It was four stories that created one story of a families struggle through slavery On one side you learn about the plight of the slave woman, her cross to bear, to have children not born from love but from slavery and rape, to yearn for freedom and hope for and the stories of other slaves that these women interacted with Then you have the story of the slave owners family, unlike most southern families these owners are Jews, themselves persecuted and enslaved now own [...]

    4. I try to read as many books I can relating to slavery This one was unique because the owners are Jewish and their family understands what it is like to be persecuted This was a slow read that I never could get into Lots of filler, descriptions, characters thoughts If some of this had been weeded out the book would have been faster paced It was told from four points of view, both master and slave, but none of the characters really came alive for me There wasn t much plot either It reminded me of [...]

    5. It is VERY RARE that I do not finish a book once I ve started it In fact, even if I m not a great fan, I ll finish it simply because I believe I owe it to the book, the author and myself to do so Just couldn t sludge through this one The constant changes in perspective are distracting and I found the writing style so full of unnecessary flourish, that this lover of words became tired just THINKING about picking the book back up the 3 times I did to give it a go No thanks

    6. Ok novel interesting basis for a story but I had a hard time getting interested in the part of the narrative based in Africa because the characters kept changing and perspective did not seem reliable or believable The rest of the story I liked to an extent but I would be interested to learn about the historical accuracy The ending was enjoyable because it was a little unpredictable.

    7. I finally gave up on this It was well written and I thought I d find it interesting, but it just wasn t holding my attention I really didn t care for the way it switched perspectives so often and it spent too much time on the slave owner instead of the slave.I ve got too many other interesting things waiting for me right now I might go back to it later, but I really doubt it.

    8. I had great hope for this book since it dealt with Jews, who were slaves in Egypt, owning slaves in the south But, I found it a great disappointment Almost sll of the characters seemed stereotypical and the plot was unrealistic The moral dilemma of owning slaves was just mentioned in passing and never really explored in depth.

    9. Brilliantly researched and written difficult to put down Cheuse s book shows that slavery in the New World was at least partially a direct product of slavery in Africa, and follows the lives of several generations of strong women and a few men from the same family through several generations.

    10. I stopped reading this book after 350 of 500 pages It shows such despicable behaviorI just didn t have the stomach to keep reading And there s something about it that did not ring true.

    11. Hard to follow ConfusingStopped reading about 15% into book I still had no idea what s the story about Disappointing to say the least.

    12. Did not care for this book, it was very confusing at first Than just seemed to go on and on.It wasn t one of those books I look forward to coming home from work and curling up and read.

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