5.0 out of 5 stars
modern themes, Sep 1 2000
What reviewers seem to miss about this ambitious and well-crafted epic is that the themes have a strong pertinence to modern times. The move to globalization by American companies is so much like the colonialism that this book explores. The slave trade was so much an extreme yet logical extension of the "god -given" colonial outlook of the era them. Now we have sweatshops. Picture the similarities of our comfortable suburban lives with the gentrified English life shown in the novel. Contrast that with Third World factories making our designer goods and seduced by our ads for expensive clothes and sugary sodas. Like the colored cotton, baubles and alcohol in the novel. Nike, Coke etc, etc. Feels like the the same colonial attitudes and the same Sacred Hunger at work. Interesting, hmmmm. I'm not a fan of historical novels in general, but this is as much about the human spirit that is part of us today as it is about a harrowing historical period. I don't see it so much a story about "them." but more of a powerful story about "us." Do you think I'm nuts?