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by Valerie Martin

  • ISBN: 0349115834
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Valerie Martin
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Other formats: lrf lit doc mbr
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Abacus (2003)
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • FB2 size: 1110 kb
  • EPUB size: 1282 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 702
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Property, the US writer Valerie Martin's seventh novel, shortlisted for this year's Orange prize for fiction, probes similar ironies by transposing this perspective to the setting of the antebellum south.

Property, the US writer Valerie Martin's seventh novel, shortlisted for this year's Orange prize for fiction, probes similar ironies by transposing this perspective to the setting of the antebellum south. The narrator, Manon Gaudet, is a listless southern belle from New Orleans, unhappily hitched to the boorish and impecunious owner of a failing Louisiana sugar plantation.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Valerie Martin’s Property delivers an eerily mesmerizing inquiry into slavery’s venomous effects on the owner and the owned.

Valerie Martin is the author of nine novels, including Trespass, Mary Reilly, Italian Fever, and Property, three collections of short fiction, and a bi. .See if your friends have read any of Valerie Martin's books. Valerie Martin’s Followers (158).

Valerie Martin is the author of two collections of short fiction and six novels, including Italian Fever, The Great Divorce, and Mary Reilly, and a nonfiction work on St. Francis of Assisi entitled Salvation: Scenes from the Life of St. Francis

Valerie Martin is the author of two collections of short fiction and six novels, including Italian Fever, The Great Divorce, and Mary Reilly, and a nonfiction work on St. Francis. She resides in upstate New York. This one thing we wish to be understood and remembered,-that the Constitution of this State, has made Tom, Dick, and Harry, property -it has made Polly, Nancy, and Molly, property; and be that property an evil, a curse, or what not, we intend to hold it.

Valerie Martin is the author of ten novels, including Trespass, Mary Reilly, Italian Fever, and Property, three collections of.Martin’s last novel, The Confessions of Edward Day was a New York Times notable book for 2009

Valerie Martin is the author of ten novels, including Trespass, Mary Reilly, Italian Fever, and Property, three collections of short fiction, and a biography o.St. Francis of Assisi titled Salvation. Martin’s last novel, The Confessions of Edward Day was a New York Times notable book for 2009. A new novel The Ghost of the Mary Celeste is due from Nan Talese/Random House in January 2014, and a middle-grade reader Anton and Cecil, Cats at Sea co-written with Valerie’s niece Lisa Martin, will be out from Algonquin in October of 2013. Valerie Martin has taught in writing programs at Mt.

Property is a 2003 novel by Valerie Martin, and was the winner of the 2003 Orange Prize. In 2012, The Observer named Property as one of "The 10 best historical novels". The book is set on a sugar plantation near New Orleans in 1828, and tells the story of Manon Gaudet, the wife of the plantation's owner, and Sarah, the slave Manon was given as a wedding present and who she has brought with her from the city. The story is centred on Manon and her resentment of Sarah.

From the acclaimed author of the bestselling Italian Fever comes a fresh twist on the classic Jekyll and Hyde story, a novel told from the perspective of Mary Reilly, Dr. Jekyll's dutiful and intelligent housemaid. Faithfully weaving in details from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, Martin introduces an original and captivating character: Mary is a survivor–scarred but still strong–familiar with evil, yet brimming with devotion and love

VALERIE MARTIN's works include the novels Mary Reilly, The Great Divorce, and Italian Fever. Her most recent book, Salvation, is a reconsideration of St. Francis's life. A native of New Orleans, Martin now lives in upstate New York. Библиографические данные.

VALERIE MARTIN's works include the novels Mary Reilly, The Great Divorce, and Italian Fever. Property Vintage Contemporaries.

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Valerie Martin’s Property delivers an eerily mesmerizing inquiry into slavery’s venomous effects on the owner and the owned

com User, October 26, 2005. Property is one of the most disarming novels set during pre-Civil War South. The year is 1828 in Louisiana. Manon Gaudet is a miserable woman who takes her frustrations out on her slave, Sarah.


Reviews about Property (7):
Fenius
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Unlike some of the other reviewers I like the ending. I love how the author dropped you in the middle of the chaos and left you in it. That this author denied us our human need for that closure underscored just how brutal the reality was for these characters. I was left with as much wonderment about their future state as the characters themselves might have had. She ended the book the way she had wriiten it, by folding horrific moments between general day to day thoughts of the wife. It was almost as if this author was shoving the normalization of this wicked way of life down our thoats. The author did an effective job at giving you a peek into the mind of a sociopath and how she normalized her own sickness.
Hamrl
The south and slavery is not my usual preference for reading, however, it was the 1 star reviews that made me want to take a chance on this book. Told from the perspective of a slave owners wife, this narrative peels back a sugar coated layer to reveal the true vileness of this time period. There is nothing to like about the main character. She is a true product of her upbringing and environment -- she plays entitlement like a pro. Do we learn anything about the slaves? Of course not because they are non-entities in the eyes of the main character. Do we learn how slaves are treated and hunted down? Yes, and from a 21st century perspective it should make you uncomfortable and mad. Does the ending leave you wanting more? YES, and if the author would indulge her readers, I would love another book written from the perspective of Sarah, or Delphine during this same time frame.
Era
Valerie Martin illustrates the damage visited on the humanity of the slaveowner by slavery, and in so doing, she quietly reveals the horror of the lives of the direct victims of American slavery. Martin bases part of the action on the true story of the escape from slavery of William and Ellen Craft. She writes gracefully and concisely, she has a strong grasp of the historical details, and she understands that often what is not said speaks the loudest.
Arcanescar
A story told from the perspective of the female slave owner. I found myself both despising the protagonist and at times feeling a bit, just a bit, sorry to her, but not too much. It’s a quality story that makes you feel that way.
Ubranzac
This book is written (in my opinion) in a pitch-perfect voice for historical fiction. It was a deeply disturbing tale about a horrible and complicated situation where no one is truly happy. It evokes atmosphere and emotion. To be honest - I never thought about those plantation wives, and how horrifyingly hard their lives could have been - not to mention this account really delves into the life of a female slave subjected to both of her white owners. Toni Morrison provided the cover blurb. Slavery was a twisted institution that generated money, but helped no one.
terostr
Book the looks into the slavery issue before the civil war. Property is interesting reading into the injustice treatment of people who were not considered human,how unjust. A very interesting book.
Fordrelis
Can't believe this book doesn't get 5 stars! Wow, this story is told from the other side of the fence; narrated by the slave owner's wife. I'm a black woman and this book made me realize that no matter who you more relate to, when a story is being narrated, you usually go through the emotions of the Narrator as he/she tells the story.

That's why, I read the book that inspired it which is Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs, where the Narrator is the slave herself. THESE books were so AWESOME!! Highly recommend.
Spare story well written really captures the attitudes of the time. The choice of such an unlikeable narrator is pretty genius, as it shows the reality of attitudes with every page. An excellent read.

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