The Polished Hoe~ A novel by Austin Clarke

I look for unusual books to read. The common run of the mill books quickly bores me. When reading, I try to give every book I pick up it’s just due because as a writer I know the tedious task of creating a book.

I don’t know fully what this one is about but I strongly suggest the main character keep her mouth shut. Oh well! That’s my two cents.

But as student of psychology I understand the story is portraying the still open wounds left by slavery and no one had bothered to properly address them, let along attempt to heal them.

The Polished Hoe

Winner of both the Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, The Polished Hoe is acclaimed author Austin Clarke’s masterpiece.

On a Caribbean island in the 1950s, elderly Mary Gertrude Mathilda commits murder. As she explains herself to police, her story exposes the ugly underbelly of life on Caribbean plantations, with its slavery and brutality.

When Mary-Mathilda, one of the most respected women of the island of Bimshire (also known as Barbados) calls the police to confess to the crime, the result is a shattering all-night vigil that brings together elements of the island’s African past and the tragic legacy of colonialism in one epic sweep.

Set in the West Indies in the period following World War II, The Polished Hoe – an Essence best seller and a Washington Post Book World Most Worthy Book of 2003 – unravels over the course of 24 hours but spans the collective experience of a society characterized by slavery.

About unholypursuit

A. White, a former librarian who is also long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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