Sacred Hunger has ratings and reviews. Violet said: Another bloated Booker prize winner. Shared the prize with the infinitely more sophisticate. Sacred Hunger [Barry Unsworth] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Winner of the Booker Prize for Fiction: Possibly the best novel I’ve. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. This vast, vividly realistic historical novel follows Sacred Hunger – Kindle edition by Barry Unsworth. Download it.

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Brutality and Redemption in ‘Sacred Hunger’

Meanwhile, William Kemp commits suicide owing to fear of his imminent bankruptcy. Another bloated Booker prize winner. I often think of epics as stories that necessarily gloss over sacted expanse that it covers; but this, though epic, is equally personal.

Augustine, and Erasmus comes to the realisation that Paris did not lift him clear of the dam to cheat him of victory, but to save him from defeat. Meanwhile, the ship owner’s son single-mindedly seeks revenge against the crew, particularly against his cousin, the ship’s doctor. Finally I must confess I struggled with how to rate the book. I cannot summarize it. Erasmus’ hatred for his cousin stems from his childhood, when Matthew had forcefully lifted him away when he was trying to dam a river.

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Published November 17th by W. It pisses me off just to think about it slavery’s effects are still very much evident inno matter how many times racists want to yell about slavery being too long ago for us to still be talking about. Morality Play, shortlisted for the Booker Prize inis a murder mystery set in 14th-century England.


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It is over pages long in my edition. The other cousin, Erasmus, stays at home to rescue the family fortune through careful stock market trades. A solid four stars with the caveats mentioned above. The story is set in t After reading Sacred Hunger, I’ve now made it half way through the fifty-three novels that make up the Man Booker Prize winners.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. From the saxred jacket: On the good side, Unsworth clearly wrote this novel with lots of love this actually becomes a problem because it causes him to get carried away with all his minor characters who might be vivid to him but were often vague to me because there were so many of them and all with similar names.

Less Winner of the Pulitzer Prize: The way Paris is presented in particular, as our representative as well as a man of his own era, provokes interesting questions rather than irritation about inaccuracies. It is a diary entry written by Paris, the surgeon on the Liverpool Merchant slave ship: Looking for More Great Reads? The father and his son Erasmus have their entire economic livelihood tied up in this single ship and venture. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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In later years made his home in Umbria, Italy.

Trivia About Sacred Hunger. I can’t do justice to this one without reading it again, a worthy Booker winner and a fine book. Aug 22, Pages. It is a meticulous book and brutal in its meticulousness. There is nowhere left untouched by the evils of imperialism and greed, least of all by those who are its originators. Erasmus is a materialistic, self-centered young man who is focused only on his own aggrandizement.

Please try again later. Historical novels are “a somewhat gimcrack genre not exactly jammed with greatness” according to James Wood in the New Yorker. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.

Heard on All Things Considered. There’s blood on our hands even though we varry sail on those ships. History books can give you the facts, but Barry This is a beautiful book about the contradictory nature of man: Refresh and try again. His inept courting of a girl during the rehearsals for an amateur performance of The Tempest was the best part of the whole novel for me.

A re-read is always a new experience: Sacred Hunger may be set hynger the days of slavery but it’s designed to tell us about our own recent history.