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.