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ISBN: 0099538229
Author: Barry Unsworth
Language: English
Publisher: Windmill (2012)
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Home Barry Unsworth The Quality of Mercy: A Novel. This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organizations, places, events, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.

Home Barry Unsworth The Quality of Mercy: A Novel. The quality of mercy a . .The Quality of Mercy: A Novel, . Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. Published in the United States by Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, a division of Random House, In. New York, and in Canada by Random House of Canada, Toronto.

The Quality of Mercy takes up where Barry Unsworth's 1992 Booker winner, Sacred Hunger, left of.

The Quality of Mercy takes up where Barry Unsworth's 1992 Booker winner, Sacred Hunger, left off. It opens in the spring of 1767, two years after the convulsive conclusion of the last novel, in which the mutinous crew of the Liverpool Merchant were tracked down to their settlement on the coast of Florida. Sacred Hunger, which played out under the wide, warm skies of West Africa and Florida, was a book built on dreams: of profit for Mr Kemp Sr; of justice for the idealistic ship's doctor; of freedom for the slaves.

The Quality of Mercy book. In The Quality Of Mercy, Barry Unsworth continues the tale of the Liverpool Merchant, the ship that made Sacred Hunger’s voyage in the triangular trade.

Unsworth was born on 10 August 1930 in Wingate, a mining village in County Durham, England, to a family of miners. A sequel, The Quality of Mercy, was published in 2011, it was his last book. His father first entered the mines at age 12 and ordinarily Unsworth would have followed him as a miner. However, when his father was 19, he travelled to the United States for a few years and on returning to Britain entered the insurance business and thus began moving his family up the economic ladder and out of the mines  .

In The Quality of Mercy, Unsworth appears determined to avoid the trap of Victorian mawkishness Elizabeth Gaskell fell into in her 1855 novel, North and South, whose story bears a resemblance to his. There Gaskell’s champion o. There Gaskell’s champion of social justice eventually marries the mill owner, a union clearly the result of sentiment employed as a solvent for moral and political conflicts. Still, this reader wishes Unsworth had left him alone. In his way, Kemp was perfect - a tortured monster of obsessiveness. The quality of mercy. 319 pp. Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. John Vernon’s most recent novel is Lucky Billy.

Unsworth is equally fluent writing about the lives of bankers and coal miners, judges and slaves, and he brings his characters together with authority and grace.

Only 10 left in stock (more on the way). Unsworth is equally fluent writing about the lives of bankers and coal miners, judges and slaves, and he brings his characters together with authority and grace. The Wall Street Journal Another engaging demonstration of the talent that’s made Unsworth one of the very few writers to appear on the Booker shortlist three times.

Barry Unsworth was born in 1930 in Durham

Barry Unsworth was born in 1930 in Durham. He was the author of many novels, including Pascali’s Island, which was shortlisted for the 1980 Booker Prize; Stone Virgin (1985); Sacred Hunger, which was joint winner of the 1992 Booker Prize; Morality Play, which was shortlisted for the 1995 Booker Prize; Losing Nelson (1999); The Songs of the King (2002); The Ruby in Her Navel. 2006); Land of Marvels (2009); and The Quality of Mercy (2011), which was shortlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. Barry Unsworth died in 2012.

Barry Unsworth takes his title from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - the scene in which Portia tells the vengeful . The Quality of Mercy is the work of one who is both artist and craftsman. There is not a page without interest, not a sentence that rings false.

Barry Unsworth takes his title from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - the scene in which Portia tells the vengeful moneylender Shylock: "The quality of mercy is not strained, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven, Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed:, It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. It is gripping and moving, a novel about justice which is worthy of that theme. In short, it is a tremendous achievement, as good as anything this great novelist has written.

The Quality of Mercy: A Novel by Barry Unsworth. Talese/Doubleday). The legal issues are sometimes arcane, and the risk of falling into the cadence of a lecture is high, but Unsworth never lets that happen. And even better, the book avoids easy caricatures that would have us feeling superior to those narrow-minded figures of the past whom we, surely, would not have been

Barry Unsworth returns to the terrain of his Booker Prize-winning novel Sacred Hunger, this time following Sullivan, the Irish fiddler, and Erasmus Kemp, son of a Liverpool slave ship owner who hanged himself. But as the novel opens, a blithe Sullivan has escaped and is making his way on foot to the north of England, stealing as he goes and sleeping.

Comments:

Burisi
Author Barry Unsworth's novel, The Quality of Mercy," is a big rich tale of wealth and poverty in Eighteenth Century England and the UK in the world. Author Unsworth covers many of the major conflicts in Britain and its colonies, e.g., slavery, ocean piracy, child labor and coal mining, courtship and marriage and problems of the super rich facing bankruptcy and debtor's prison. An amazing aspect of the story in this novel is the author's skill at plotting and developing characters who despite the many twists and turns of a complicated plot, are individual stories you will remember as a part of the whole as well as the individual struggle. They are all so well done, I could only sit back after a session, and say "Eat your heart out, Charles Dickens!!

In my opinion the most remarkable feature of "The Quality of Mercy" is author Unsworth's linguistic skills which must surely have accompanied his historical research. Without being so erudite that the story is slowed by difficult language, Unworth is so familiar with the language of the day as well as the culture in the historical period that he can adapt language that is authentic but that is also accessible to modern readers. Bravo for that! We are all familiar with historical novels that fall into the use of modern colloquial expressions and those with language that slows the plot. Mr. Unsworth is not guilty of either of those and you'll find that this book carries you through so quickly your greatest complaint lies in not wanting the story to end.

"The Quality of Mercy" is a near perfect novel - his historical grasp is awesome, the writing is superb; and, the complex plots are fitted together like a well made glove. This book belongs on the shelf where you keep your next wonderful read.
RuTGamer
By any standard, this is a wonderfully well-written book that extends (and sometimes concludes) the lives of the key figures of Sacred Hunger. As an epilogue, the book is excellent. But while occassionally mining details of the moral ambiguities played in Sacred Hunger, The Quality of Mercy is much less subtle and promptly defines the roles, viewpoints and sharp edges of its characters. For me, this book was a much quicker read to see where the story lines went; where Sacred Hunger was a beautifully slow immersion into the characters.
MeGa_NunC
I can understand why people say Barry Unsworth is such a cut above many writers of historical fiction.

This book follows up on the events portrayed in Sacred Hunger (though written twenty years after the earlier book) and introduces a number of new characters while only following closely the lives of two of the main characters from Sacred Hunger.

What Unsworth did so well was to meld some of the bigger issues of the mid-eighteenth century -- namely colonization and slavery in all their manifest messiness -- and show their ramifications in the lives of well-fleshed characters from a wide swath of society.

Compared to Sacred Hunger, this is a much shorter book cast on a smaller canvas -- but it's done so well.
Granigrinn
Concludes the story begun in A Sacred Hunger and thus satisfying. But not as fine as the first novel, partly because the plot is contrived at points. Unsworth may be alluding to the contrivances of an 18th Century English novel, but for me it breaks down my sympathy for his wonderfully drawn characters.
Zeli
There are so many bad novels purporting to be Historical Fiction, that it is like finding gold when you read
"A Quality of Mercy" . No swashbuckling phony battles, no bodice ripping, just a transportation to a time and place, and a story replete with pathos and truth. Not one slave appears but the cancer that was slavery infects a society. Highly recommend.
Jairani
I've read virtually every Barry Unsworth book and really love his work. This sequel to Sacred Hunger is well written (as always) and interesting the story is good, but not great
Haralem
Building on his previous novel Sacred Hunger, he continues to write with great detail about the characters as well as the period and place. While perhaps not quite as good as Sacred Hunger, this book is still a great read.
Unsworth is one of the best authors to ever take pen to paper. His novels are lyrical, poetic, and have lovely flow. I am always moved by his observations.

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