Sacred Hunger

by Barry Unsworth

Penguin UK (PB) | September 23, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Sacred Hunger is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.

Through the story of an 18th century slave ship, this novel explores moral choices, the corruptions of greed and material gain, and men’s behaviour "in extremis". It also articulates current concerns of corruption and distress. The author was awarded the 1992 Booker Prize for this novel.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 640 pages, 7.75 × 5.05 × 1.6 in

Published: September 23, 2008

Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140119930

ISBN - 13: 9780140119930

Found in: Historical

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Filling A fascinating, well-crafted look at society and the slave trade in 18th century England, a profound comment on people and commerce of any age, and an engaging story, too. I was awestruck by the amount of research the author must have done, and how he seamlessly and with a light hand incorporated information into the story. There were times that the story dragged a bit, and I found that the secondary characters seemed more rounded than some of the main characters, but certainly a worthwhile read.
Date published: 2000-08-03

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Sacred Hunger

by Barry Unsworth

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 640 pages, 7.75 × 5.05 × 1.6 in

Published: September 23, 2008

Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140119930

ISBN - 13: 9780140119930

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Through the story of an 18th century slave ship, this novel explores moral choices, the corruptions of greed and material gain, and men’s behaviour "in extremis". It also articulates current concerns of corruption and distress. The author was awarded the 1992 Booker Prize for this novel.

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Through the story of an 18th century slave ship, this novel explores moral choices, the corruptions of greed and material gain, and men’s behaviour "in extremis". It also articulates current concerns of corruption and distress. The author was awarded the 1992 Booker Prize for this novel.

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William Kemp is sailing around the coast of Africa, collecting slaves in his last-ditch attempt to make his fortune. Along for the ride are his greedy son, Erasmus, and his nephew, a kind doctor with more compassion than both of the other men. When William commits suicide and the slaves get sick and start dying, the captain begins tossing the sick ones into the sea, until the rest of the crew turns on him. The ship continues on to Florida, the slaves are freed and everyone, except Erasmus, lives together happily as equals. Baary Unsworth's Sacred Hunger is a violently evocative novel about slavery and the slave trade.
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