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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Read The World - Martinique - Sugar Money

Book: Sugar Money
Author: Jane Harris
Pages: 400
Book takes place in the country: YES
Author is from the country: NO
I have visited: NO

This is my 72nd read for the year and my first read for the month of June.  

I did listen to this book on the very long ride to and from Amsterdam, and it really passed the time

This book takes place in 1765 in Martinique.  Two slaves named Emile and Lucien are sent on a mission by their masters (who are French monks).  The monks run hospitals, and they are funded by farming cane sugar and distilling rum.  Emile and Lucien are charged with finding the monk's former slaves and convincing them to flee the British and come and work on the cane farm.

The mission is suicide and the boys take chances of getting caught. The story is told by Lucien who is a young boy who is trying to be brave.  He is an adult when he tells the story and recounts and the fear and misconception of the mission he and Emile are entrusted to.  When tragedy strikes, Lucien has to figure out how to go on and make decisions for his own life.

This is a good book.  I enjoyed listening to it.  The story is riveting and is based on true events.  It was hard to listen to slaves agreeing to be slaves for someone else - hoping that their lives would improve.....but yet still be slaves.  I had to keep reminding myself that this book took place in the 1700s because it was truly hard to believe.

I encourage you to read this one.  It is a good one to add to the shelf.

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