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Single White Person This Review white person This review originally posted on Based On A True Story This was one of my first books about the slavery era in Surinam I had read about slavery in the American South but somehow never got to read about slavery in this former colony of my own country the Netherlands A school teacher in Surinam adviced me this book when I ask her what Surinamese must reads are It was great to start this book while I was still in Surinam It read like a turn pager since McLeod described with incredible detail how life was during those days I was intriged by the characters and the intriges and was seriously sad when I had finished the book This is a lively melodramatic work of historical fiction set in mid 18th century Suriname At that time the small nation on the northern coast of South America was a Dutch colony consisting of sugar and coffee plantations carved out of the jungle many of them run by Jewish owners who arrived in Suriname via Portugal and Brazil and all of them worked by slaves Unlike in North America however proximity to the jungle meant that slaves often escaped to form their own communities which were in constant conflict with the colonial governmentThe story spans 14 ears and has a large cast for under 300 pages but its protagonists are stepsisters Elza and Sarith both daughters of Jewish plantation owners The two are best friends as girls but soon find themselves opposed primarily because Elza is a sweet The Rumsfeld Way: The Leadership Wisdom of a Battle-Hardened Maverick young woman who treats the slaves well while Sarith is short sighted and willing to ruin the lives of everyone around her in order to get her way Yes it s that kind of book The book focuses on Elza early on then shifts its attention later in the story to Sarith Sarith s slave Mini mini and aoung mercenary named Jan Which is to say that there s no single plotline and characters come and go rather oddly I expected Alex to become important than he did and Amimba as the first character we meet to have something than a walk on role But as a story about a place and a society rather than any single protagonist it flows well The plot moves uickly and stays interesting the translation is fluid and the characters if not particularly complex are sympathetic except when not intended to be It presents a detailed picture of a historical era that doesn t feel overly influenced by modern views though it can be a little ham fisted The author has clearly done her share of research on Surinamese history and is able to bring her cultural knowledge to the pagesInterestingly most of the novel was originally written in Dutch but slaves at
"the time were "time were from learning Dutch so conversed among themselves and with whites in Sranan a creole language related to English as well as other European and African languages The author originally wrote conversations involving slaves in Sranan which is evidently still sufficiently widely spoken in Suriname for the original audience to understand In the English version the Sranan dialogue is translated but ou can see the original in the footnotes Helpful footnotes also explain those words or concepts that will be unfamiliar for the English speaking reader there s a glossary at the end too but I didn t need itOverall this is an entertaining work that will likely appeal to those who enjoy popular historical fiction It s not great literature but doesn t try to be And props to the author for writing a book for a country she was told doesn t have a reading tradition this book is now apparently beloved in Suriname after all. Rith descendants of the settlers of 'New Jerusalem of the River' known today as Jodensavan. .
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His is an historical fiction set in Suriname during the 18th century when it was a Dutch colony what mainly occupied by Jewish slave owners from Portugal what Historical fiction is to me the best way to learn about this country that I knew nothing about except that it was mentioned in Voltaire s Candide so it was a pity that this novel was rather weak It
Spans Over Fifteen Years And The Characters Come Into Andover fifteen ears and the characters come into and the narrative oddly One of the main characters is as passive as a neurasthenic cow watching the train of her life passing by and the other one is Option Writing Strategies for Extraordinary Returns your typical spoiled brat so I really couldn t feel anything for these characters This is the second novel that I have read by Cynthia McLeod She is a hard author for me to review On one hand I love the stories that she tells She givesou a look into life in colonial Suriname on the northeast coast of South America She tells stories that I haven t heard from any other author The previous book I read of hers The Free Negress Elisabeth is a story that has stayed in my mind because it is the type of women s history that is so often overlooked I want to put her books in everyone s hands and tell them they have to hear about thisOn the other hand though the writing in the books just isn t very good Clunky is the word that keeps coming to mind I m reading an English translation from the Dutch but I don t think that is the whole issue She is so careful to have so much documented historical fact in the books that she info dumps continuously That doesn t usually bother me in a story but these passages aren t blended into the fictional story that she is telling well She even has footnotes I m not sure what the footnotes were about because many of them weren t translated The untranslated ones appeared to be uotes I ve had this book for a long time before reading it I tried to start it a few times but the writing style made me stop after a few pages I decided to knuckle down and read it for Women in Translation Month Once I decided to power through I read it in less than a day The story carries ou throughOne early wave of settlers to Suriname were Portuguese Jews who migrated from Brazil They set up large plantations and did well for themselves Subseuent waves of settlers from Holland though were anti Semitic and over time the Jewish families found themselves not at the top of society any This is the story of two half sisters one had two Jewish parents and one had only a Jewish father so was not considered Jewish herself The story shows how their lives diverge as Suriname begins to deal with the effects of people living too far in debt for them to maintain White people in Suriname did nothing for themselves There were so many enslaved people than white people that whites gave all responsibilities for running their lives to the slaves With nothing to do they entertained themselves with lavish parties that lasted for weeks Gossip was rampant There wasn t a single rich white person that I didn t want to slap at some point in this bookThe Cost of Sugar refers to all the lives wasted in the plantation system the enslaved people the
WHITE LANDOWNERS THE DUTCH SOLDIERS BROUGHTlandowners the Dutch soldiers brought protect the plantations the escaped and free blacks living in the jungle It was a system that hurt everyone It now occurred to Elza that her family was in fact a model for all Suriname society Wasn t everyone and everything totally dependent on the slaves Just as she felt so completely lost without Maisa so the colony would be totally lost without its slaves They did everything and knew everything and the whites knew nothing and wer. 765 1779 when sugar was king Told through the eyes of two Jewish step sisters Eliza and Sa. Not without flaws but a good book all the same if ou want to know about life in Suriname in the second half
of the 18th centuryMy review in Italian is here A compelling writer with an easythe 18th centuryMy review in Italian is here A compelling writer with an easy style Cynthia takes the reader inside the intimate lives of her characters both colonist and slave A book that reveals the humanity of both slave owner and slave without diminishing the appalling effects of slavery I read this book for my Bookclub it s a classic about Dutch colonialism in Suriname Sugar was the main source of income of plantation owners who used slaves to work in the fields and this books tells the story of a family that sees their daughters being married to plantation owners having kids and seeing their families growBut between these lines another story is being told the story of the slaves their own families the punishments and their desire for freedom the raids to the plantations and the killing of the whitessome bibliographic research was made and it also tells a piece of Suriname s story which was enlighteningMy own country has a history of colonialism and I couldn t stop making the parallelI love these books but I hate this piece of our history This is not a literary tour de force but it is one interesting historical novel covering a period in time in a place I know nothing about Certainly worth the readTwo step sisters in Suriname during the Dutch hey day of sugar and coffee plantations There is a good sister and an evil sister cruelty to the slaves bad behaviour by the whites a slave rebellion forbidden love tropical diseases a stock market crash and the double standard of men allowed to have affairs while women who had sexual needs were called sluts The bad sister Sirith really epitomised the expression Hell hath no fury like a woman scornedThe book represents the slaves as intelligent caring and resilient people who can survive without the whites The whites are represented as greedy gauche newbie rich who cannot live without the blacks In this regard the book is sadly telling a seemingly timeless story What I feel about this book must be considered in the light of the fact that I really dont feel this was s good translation It was a good family saga and an invaluable history of Suriname broad in scope et personal Very good The Cost of Sugar had something very warm and familiar about itself and therefore I liked it immediately I also found my personal nemesis in the book a person I could simply not stand It is set between 1765 1779 when sugar was the king of the country Two stepsisters one good one evil grow up and it is time for them to settle down get married and have children They come from a so called good background so they have everything including their own personal slavesThe evil sister is the person ou do not want to have in our life She wants and all the time She does not want others to be happy she wants their happiness She makes people around her miserable She likes to steal other women s husbands Nothing is ever enough When a slave does not do what she wants she is willing to do anything to hurt the slave including murder Of course it is not
because we are talking about a slaveThis is a rich family saga and how sugar takes it toll on everyone slaves and masters no one is safe I find this to be an important book about Dutch colonialism and Suriname history I recommend this book and uite frankly it is nice to see that slavery is written about in other countries than the US It is a dark time in our history when is it not and sadly it seems to be a topic we have not learned our lesson from 94 Suriname The Cost of Sugar is an intriguing history of those rabid times in Dutch Surinam betweenMurder Because We Are