Sacred Hunger

Paperback | September 23, 2008

byBarry Unsworth

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WINNER OF THE 1992 BOOKER PRIZE 'Gripping . . . SACRED HUNGER covers a period between 1752 and 1765 . . . it concerns the entangled and conflicted fortunes of two cousins: Erasmus Kemp, the son of a Lancashire merchant, and Matthew Paris, a scholar and surgeon just released from prison for "denying Holy Writ" . . . the Liverpool Merchant is the vessel on which the whole of the novel hinges, and it carries the reader deep into the history of man's iniquitous greed . . . AS REGARDS ITS DRAMATIC BREADTH AND ENERGY, NO RECENT DOMESTIC NOVEL HAS COME WITHIN A MILE OF IT' - Anthony Quinn in the Independent

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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 toss...

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WINNER OF THE 1992 BOOKER PRIZE 'Gripping . . . SACRED HUNGER covers a period between 1752 and 1765 . . . it concerns the entangled and conflicted fortunes of two cousins: Erasmus Kemp, the son of a Lancashire merchant, and Matthew Paris, a scholar and surgeon just released from prison for "denying Holy Writ" . . . the Liverpool Mercha...

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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.

Barry Unsworth won the Booker Prize with SACRED HUNGER and has been shortlisted for PASCALI'S ISLAND and MORALITY PLAY. He is author of many other acclaimed novels. Originally from Durham he now lives in Italy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 7.75 × 5.05 × 1.6 inPublished:September 23, 2008Publisher:Penguin Uk

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ISBN - 10:0140119930

ISBN - 13:9780140119930

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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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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.