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The Kitchen House

Post by Divia » Thu April 22nd, 2010, 7:42 pm

I read it, I liked it. I thought it gave a nice little twist on your typical plantation story.

Has anyone else read it?
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Post by Misfit » Thu April 22nd, 2010, 9:11 pm

I read it, and while I enjoyed it I found it highly disturbing. That was one messed up family.
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Post by Divia » Thu April 22nd, 2010, 9:25 pm

Define messed up. Cause the kid was sexually abused? Or the mom was a drug addict.

I always thought that Marshall was gay but didn't know how to deal with it thats why he raped the slave, drank a lot and didn't have much of a relationship with his wife.

Thoughts?
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Post by Misfit » Thu April 22nd, 2010, 10:29 pm

Marshall was particularly nasty, even as a kid. There was a time he showed something resembling humanity when he first started courting the girl - I'm forgetting her name right now and then he got all freaky and controlling when they came home. Did all of that come from his being abused by the caretaker or was there something else involved? Or just a closet gay as you suggested.

The author answered some questions over at Goodreads and she said everytime she tried to write it with a happier ending it just wasn't working. I'll have to find the thread for you.

I did find it disturbing how the slaves were not able to fight back against such abuse - they just have to take it. Glad times have changed.
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Post by Divia » Thu April 22nd, 2010, 11:02 pm

I'd like to read the article. If you can find it please share it.

I dont think the story could have had a happy ending, personally.


I went on a plantation tour yesterday and the lady said that the slaves had rights. :rolleyes: Um sure. Then she tried to make it sound like the masters cared for their slaves by saying they provided medical and food for em. I wanted to say "well yeah ya would. You paid good money for em and you don't want them to die." but I held my tongue. :D
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Post by Misfit » Thu April 22nd, 2010, 11:55 pm

There seems to be a need to *prettify* the slave issue at times, no?

GR link, http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/311 ... chen-house

And an author guest post here, http://www.theburtonreview.com/2010/03/ ... hleen.html

Agree about the ending, sugar coating it would have gagged me but I would have liked something, anything, anyone to have something good happen to them.
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Post by Divia » Fri April 23rd, 2010, 3:31 pm

Thanks for the links!
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