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Phillips offers a darmning portrait of the schizophrenia of slavery through the stories of a prim and increasingly apprehensive English woman observing the peculiarities--and barely veiled brutality--of a sugar plantation in the 19th-century West Indies and a black slave whose profoundly Christian sense of justice is about to cost him his life.
"One of the subtlest, but most insistent, statements ever about the troubled and urgent relationships between...Africa and Europe, justice and injustice, cruelty and compassion."--Washington Post Book World