My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I won’t lie–this was a very hard book to read. Lucien, the narrator, is a slave in Grenada in the 1760s. As if life weren’t hard enough, the island is also going through political and social upheaval as the French and British jockey for control.
Harris is an AMAZING author when it comes to evoking a feeling of brooding, incipient terror. Lucien is a fascinating narrator and you feel a crushing empathy for him as he goes about his life, which just spirals from harsh to bad and worse.
Lots of patois make the reading come to life and Harris’s descriptions paint a picture of an island that is no tropical paradise, at least not for the people who are forced to work it.
A great, if tear-jerking, book.