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The Resource A Mercy

A Mercy

Label
A Mercy
Title
A Mercy
Statement of responsibility
Toni Morrison
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A powerful tragedy distilled into a jewel of a masterpiece by the Nobel Prize—winning author of Beloved and, almost like a prelude to that story, set two centuries earlier.In the 1680s the slave trade was still in its infancy. In the Americas, virulent religious and class divisions, prejudice and oppression were rife, providing the fertile soil in which slavery and race hatred were planted and took root.Jacob is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, with a small holding in the harsh north. Despite his distaste for dealing in "flesh," he takes a small slave girl in part payment for a bad debt from a plantation owner in Catholic Maryland. This is Florens, "with the hands of a slave and the feet of a Portuguese lady." Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master's house, but later from a handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved.There are other voices: Lina, whose tribe was decimated by smallpox; their mistress, Rebekka, herself a victim of religious intolerance back in England; Sorrow, a strange girl who's spent her early years at sea; and finally the devastating voice of Florens' mother. These are all men and women inventing themselves in the wilderness. A Mercy reveals what lies beneath the surface of slavery. But at its heart it is the ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother who casts off her daughter in order to save her, and of a daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment.Acts of mercy may have unforeseen consequences.From the Compact Disc edition
Summary
In exchange for a bad debt, an Anglo-Dutch trader takes on Florens, a young slave girl, who feels abandoned by her slave mother and who searches for love--first from an older servant woman at her master's new home, and then from a handsome free blacksmith, in a novel set in late seventeenth-century America
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Audio
Accompanying matter
technical information on music
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10088239
Cataloging source
NjBwBT
Dewey number
813.54
PerformerNote
Read by the author
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
A Mercy
Instantiates
Publication
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Control code
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not applicable
Form of item
electronic
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not applicable
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True
Isbn
9781415956823
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not applicable
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not applicable
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other
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True
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unknown
Specific material designation
  • other
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unknown
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not applicable
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not applicable
Label
A Mercy
Publication
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Control code
OVERDRIVE:a19ccaae-effa-4cfc-a745-549a25230821
Dimensions
not applicable
Form of item
electronic
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/inputERC
True
Isbn
9781415956823
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not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
not applicable
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other
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True
Special playback characteristics
unknown
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Speed
unknown
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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