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Born in the Briar Patch Paperback – May 25 2009

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  • Paperback: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Booksurge Publishing (May 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439232474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439232477
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 13.1 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,085,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
SpellbindingIf Dec 3 2009
By W. Muller - Published on
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If you like an easy to read yet spellbinding book, which in my case was not easy to put down, then this is the one for you. Aside from giving you an inside look into the post slavery era in the Caribbean, one soon realizes that slavery was abolished in theory only.
The characters in this novel come to life and one instantly shares the emotions each of them go through. The book portrays hope, despair, joy and extreme sadness
but proves that perserverence and love can conquer all.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I would recommend this book April 26 2012
By bhollin - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is certainly a book that cannot be put down and found myself immersed in the story and the way of life after slavery was abolished.
I learned a lot from this book, not only the history of Barbados but the hardships some of the characters faced at that time. I particularly enjoyed the characters of Miss Una and Nellie.
The author left you wanting to experience more about the characters and hence you can continue to do so with the sequel "Beneath the Flowering Flamboyant".
I have read both books, thoroughly enjoyed them and would surely recommend them to all readers out there.
Bev Clarke also wrote "The Second Heartbeat" and "Just One Handful of Snow".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent reading! Oct. 6 2009
By Timothy Jay Holt - Published on
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I highly recommend Bev Clarke's "Born in the Briar Patch" for anyone seeking to escape into a wonderful, intriguing and often very touching story of triumph over the hard knocks in life and kindness of the soul prevailing through all of the twists and turns that make this piece of literature a true reflection of real life. All of the characters, each with a dynamic and unique personality, will spring to life before your very eyes as your imagination is triggered and indeed nurtured through Clarke's brilliant and very clever writing. The suspense of the story will keep the reader turning page after page in an almost frantic effort to guess how it will all unfold next. They say that literature is life and it will be easy to forget that you are reading fiction as Clarke does an amazing job of carrying the reader through a world of laughter and tears, happiness and sadness and indeed all of the ups and downs that make life what it is. You will not want to put this outstanding story down for a moment!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Slice of Colonial Life Oct. 4 2009
By M. Goodridge - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book tells the saga of Nellie Peterkin, a housemaid who becomes the mistress of the owner of the plantation that she works at. It spans several decades and not only details the heartache, personal tragedies and triumphs of Nellie but also gives good insight into the social structure of the British West Indies, the treatment of blacks by the whites, and the sexual liasons that continued between "Master" and black women long after the end of slavery.

Well developed characters and an introduction to West Indian life and social norms (many of which still exist today) make "Born In The Briar Patch" a very good and absorbing read.

Highly recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read! Sept. 28 2009
By G. Koolhof - Published on
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The title of Bev Clarke's book "Born in the Briar Patch" I found very interesting and I was curious to learn more about what constitutes a Briar Patch.

From the very first paragraph, I was hooked. "The fiery evening sun was setting as the group of bare-footed plantation workers struggled home from a hard day in the fields...with fatigue etched across their faces....shoulders moving to the rhythm of their bodies". Brilliant!

Throughout the book, the author cleverly writes in such a way, the reader can visualize the characters while feeling their emotion, pain, passion and joy, especially during this period of history. The day to day struggles each character faces, again, captured beautifully.

The main character Nellie Peterkin is a strong woman, endures the unspeakable, survives struggle after struggle, makes unbelievable sacrifices, and yet manages to build a commendable life worth living, provide hope to others & escape the Briar Patch.

The book is a must read. I'm curious how long before we see Nelli Peterkin and accompanying characters appear on the big screen at the Toronto Film Festival.

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