Monday, August 8, 2011

Uncomfortable Reading

 PropertyProperty by Valerie Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

  Stories about slavery and the consequent distortions of relationships, ideology, and   behaviour always make uncomfortable reading.  Valerie Martin has written a spare, insightful story about two women: slave and owner.  As usual, who is truly enslaved is the crux of the story.  A previous book by Martin, Mary Reilly, is about the servant of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde.  Martin's characters have depth and she explores some of the more unsavory sides of people's personalities.

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