Wow. This book was heart-wrenching and extremely difficult to read. Not because of any obtuse language or lack of interest, but because the subject of the book pulls at the heartstrings. Isabel's life seems to be one cruel event after another, followed by more painful twists of fate. I felt like crying and yelling at different times. A book that evokes those kinds of emotions is not to be forgotten soon. Having read Octavian Nothing (reviews here and here) recently, I've been thinking more about slavery during the Revolutionary War. The founding fathers noble ideas of equality and freedom for all do start to sound a little false in light of some of their treatment and notions of slaves. A book definitely meant to inspire thought and discussion. And beautifully written. Go read it, as soon as you can!
Cruelty to slaves and prisoners.
Overall rating: *****