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Denlinger’s, a small Virginia publisher, released it and it became a national sensation, consumed by the public and derided by the critics.

Browse Related Browse Related. I read Mandingo again a few years ago and was able to view it as a much older adult. Although she denies having previous sex partners, it turns out that Blanche lost her virginity to her brother, Charles, at age Warren Maxwell, for example, sleeps with his feet against a naked slave to drain his rheumatism. But I honestly can’t be sure.

Blanche’s mother, visiting Falconhurst, kills the baby by crushing its skull. Impressive on both counts.

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She begins drinking heavily and is jealous of Hammond’s continuing preference for his “bed wench”, Ellen, who is now pregnant. So that’s the plot: If one has had a run of blah book sugaryness, I can’t think of a better antidote.

Lists with This Book. She does not reveal this fact to Hammond. Yup, I have most of them and I’m a-gonna read ’em. View all 7 comments.

The rest of the page hardcover chimney block is the ins and outs of daily life of owners and slaves in all its meandering, unremarkable glory.


This just might end up being the hardest review I’ll ever write because I think the book is really just good but ignorant intentions combined with sensation and long-winded storytelling with no editor to be seen. Wilson, gives Hammond a slave, Ellen, to sleep with. See all 11 questions about Mandingo‚Ķ.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Sex, Violence, and Memory in African American HistoryGregory Smithers traces the history of coercive reproductive and sexual practices in the Antebellum South, as well as reactions and denials of the practice of slave breeding by historians throughout the twentieth century. Wow, I had forgotten what the cover even looked like, but I remember the title and the dog-eared pages of scenes that got passed around the lunch table While not a novel of “high style”, it is a novel that showed the brutality of slavery long before Alex Haley even thought about writing “Roots”.

Talk of it, yes; but the cut-to-the-next-scene in the following sentence is so fast that I wondered if anything happened. It is just about the most sensational, yet the truest book I have ever read While I knew the book itself wasn’t fact it taught onstotr a little more than school was teaching me about our southern neighbours. If you want to see some of the darkest sides of slavery in fiction, this is the book.

Maybe he thought he was doing a onstottt by portraying them as so ill-served by slavery that they welcomed any kind attention and show of pride by their owners, just how rotten the slave system was. But if you get to the last page, the story and characters will stay with you for a long, long time. Characters were well-rounded and language raw. My father had all of these books and they were quite sensational in their day, so I sneakily read them as a teenager.


Now this book is about fifty flavors of racist, and bigotry just leaps kye the pages, yet it is a compelling read. Hammond plans to use his winnings to buy a diamond ring for Blanche.

This is one of my favorite books although I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone as it paints an ugly picture of the past that some do not wish to see. Life on the plantation was not great. They only know sleeping, eating, working, and breeding. Earl Bargainnier points out that the trope of the sexually insatiable and adulterous white woman is very common in all the Kandingo novels, not just Mandingoand that these white female characters have an intense lust for black men.

And I reckon they’d happify me. Dec 30, Stasha rated it liked it. The writer does not form “sides”; he writes the characters’ stories almost dispassionately and the reader is left to form his own opinion as to each character’s merits or failings, and the culture of the times.

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Onstott does a better job of portraying the planter class in a poor light. This is a particularly poignant act of retaliation against Hammond because he bought an identical pair of earrings for Ellen. Onstott, Kyle author ofMandingo.

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