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Sacred Hunger (Norton Paperback Fiction)

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Winner of the 1992 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

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Sacred 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, Barry 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 voyage meets its demise when disease spreads among the slaves and the captain's drastic response provokes a mutiny. Joining together, the sailors and the slaves set up a secret, utopian society in the wilderness of Florida, only to await the vengeance of the single-minded, young Kemp.

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"Wonderful and heartbreaking....It is a book of grace and meditative elegance, and of great moral seriousness." New York Times Book Review

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"Utterly magnificent....By its last page, you will be close to weeping." Washington Post

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"This brilliantly suspenseful period piece about the slave trade in the 18th century is also a meditation on how avarice dehumanizes the oppressor as well as the oppressed" Chicago Tribune

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"Possibly the best novel I've read in the last decade." David Halberstam

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"[V]ividly realistic...As intricate as it is immense, this masterwork rewards every turn of its 640 pages." Publishers Weekly

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"[T]his is a masterful effort that delivers an important message. Highly recommended..." Library Journal

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"[A] riveting, outstanding addition to an already impressive oeuvre." Kirkus Reviews

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Wonderful and heartbreaking....It is a book of grace and meditative elegance, and of great moral seriousness.Utterly magnificent....By its last page, you will be close to weeping.This brilliantly suspenseful period piece about the slave trade in the 18th century is also a meditation on how avarice dehumanizes the oppressor as well as the oppressed.

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Winner of the 1992 Booker Prize for Fiction: "Possibly the best novel I've read in the last decade."--David Halberstam

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Sacred 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, Barry 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 voyage meets its demise when disease spreads among the slaves and the captain's drastic response provokes a mutiny. Joining together, the sailors and the slaves set up a secret, utopian society in the wilderness of Florida, only to await the vengeance of the single-minded, young Kemp.

About the Author

Barry Unsworth is the author of the Booker Prize-winning Sacred Hunger, the Booker-nominated Morality Play, and many other novels.

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Conch, January 24, 2010 (view all comments by Conch)
This is an excellent piece of fiction based on history. Unsworth puts the reader in the middle of the slave trade in the mid to late 1700's. In the process he touches on many varied themes including man's inhumanity to man and Utopian societies.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393311143
Author:
Unsworth, Barry
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Florida
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Slave-trade
Subject:
Slave trade -- History -- 18th century -- Fiction.
Subject:
Slave trade -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Series:
Norton Paperback Fiction
Series Volume:
v.15-16
Publication Date:
19931131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 in 1.07 lb

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Product details 640 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393311143 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Wonderful and heartbreaking....It is a book of grace and meditative elegance, and of great moral seriousness."
"Review" by , "Utterly magnificent....By its last page, you will be close to weeping."
"Review" by , "This brilliantly suspenseful period piece about the slave trade in the 18th century is also a meditation on how avarice dehumanizes the oppressor as well as the oppressed"
"Review" by , "Possibly the best novel I've read in the last decade."
"Review" by , "[V]ividly realistic...As intricate as it is immense, this masterwork rewards every turn of its 640 pages."
"Review" by , "[T]his is a masterful effort that delivers an important message. Highly recommended..."
"Review" by , "[A] riveting, outstanding addition to an already impressive oeuvre."
"Synopsis" by , Wonderful and heartbreaking....It is a book of grace and meditative elegance, and of great moral seriousness.Utterly magnificent....By its last page, you will be close to weeping.This brilliantly suspenseful period piece about the slave trade in the 18th century is also a meditation on how avarice dehumanizes the oppressor as well as the oppressed.
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the 1992 Booker Prize for Fiction: "Possibly the best novel I've read in the last decade."--David Halberstam
"Synopsis" by , Sacred 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, Barry 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 voyage meets its demise when disease spreads among the slaves and the captain's drastic response provokes a mutiny. Joining together, the sailors and the slaves set up a secret, utopian society in the wilderness of Florida, only to await the vengeance of the single-minded, young Kemp.
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