Sacred Hunger by Barry UnsworthSacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth

Sacred Hunger

byBarry Unsworth

Paperback | November 1, 1993

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Sacred Hunger is a stunning and engrossing exploration of power, domination, and greed. Filled with the "sacred hunger" to expand its empire and its profits, England entered full into the slave trade and spread the trade throughout its colonies. In this Booker Prize-winning work, Barry Unsworth follows the failing fortunes of William Kemp, a merchant pinning his last chance to a slave ship; his son who needs a fortune because he is in love with an upper-class woman; and his nephew who sails on the ship as its doctor because he has lost all he has loved. The voyage meets its demise when disease spreads among the slaves and the captain's drastic response provokes a mutiny. Joining together, the sailors and the slaves set up a secret, utopian society in the wilderness of Florida, only to await the vengeance of the single-minded, young Kemp.
Barry Unsworth (1930-2012), who won the Booker Prize for Sacred Hunger, was a Booker Prize finalist for Morality Play and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for The Ruby in Her Navel.
Title:Sacred HungerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:629 pages, 8.28 × 5.52 × 1.19 inPublished:November 1, 1993Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company

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ISBN - 10:0393311147

ISBN - 13:9780393311143

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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

Editorial Reviews

This brilliantly suspenseful period piece about the slave trade in the 18th century is also a meditation on how avarice dehumanizes the oppressor as well as the oppressed. — Chicago Tribune

Wonderful and heartbreaking....It is a book of grace and meditative elegance, and of great moral seriousness. — New York Times Book Review

Utterly magnificent....By its last page, you will be close to weeping. — Washington Post