Sweetsmoke Hardcover – 7 January 2009
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- Publisher : Thorndike Pr; Lrg edition (7 January 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 569 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1410411842
- ISBN-13 : 978-1410411846
- Dimensions : 14.61 x 3.18 x 22.23 cm
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Mr. A. Grant
Sweet SmokeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2012
A brilliantly engaging book, one of those sometimes rare finds, a real page turner. Captured the atmosphere of the American Civil War and slavery in a superb way.
Good book and good conditionReviewed in Canada on 22 July 2019
Book arrived in good condition. Very happy with it
Finally a book from a slaves point of viewReviewed in the United States on 23 January 2010
This books is a breath of fresh air in the Civil War genre. From a carpenter slave point of view it carries you into all aspects of life on the plantation and the system that kept them there. Yes there is a murder mystery but really its a vehicle to carry you thru the layers of society revolving around the slave culture. On several points I question the authors research and went to the library and consulted other texts to find --yes he was correct. I was not bored once throughout this book and found it highly entertaining. Best mystery book --no, best book on the Civil War probably not, best historic fiction on a slave's life in the South --definitely. Well written in a clear voice the only thing you do have to get use to is the lack of quotation marks. I found it surprisingly easy to get use to and somewhat liberating to the text. There is not the mangled tortured English one finds usually in these books when the slaves speak --and quite a bit of refreshing banter that sets the mood throughout. The characters become real and their motivations clear. If you like books like Lehane's The Given Day you will love this book.
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Claudia L. Einertson
War and SlaveryReviewed in the United States on 1 October 2017
Slavery , at times, and the Holocaust were similar in some ways. This book showed me that slaves were led to believe they couldn't think or reason or even care for anyone. The phrase, "Love brings death," was used. Love a spouse; the owner could sleep with your wife, sell your husband and children, and then blame it on you. It makes me so ashamed to think that perhaps my ancestors owned other humans. This was well written and much research went into this book.
This story was just too unrealistic and quite boring and long winded in certain partsReviewed in the United States on 26 May 2018
This story contained a very interesting premise, but imagine Detective Alex Cross as a slave during the Civil War. Can you picture it? Nah....it didn't work. This story was just too unrealistic and quite boring and long winded in certain parts.