I loved this well crafted story of life in South America during the mid 19th century.
The stark truths about the cruelty of slavery, and the callousness of the rich plantation owners were told without the usual overly brutal, vivid descriptions. Attention to detail was awarded to the wonderful descriptions of the characters, their feelings and actions and the settings and situations they were in.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in American History. Also for anyone who enjoys a realistic read about how society dictates human behaviour.