Arcs Austin Clarke The Polished Hoe

ISBN 13: 9780060555658

The Polished Hoe

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When Mary-Mathilda, one of the most respected women of the island of Bimshire (also known as Barbados) calls the police to confess to a 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 bestseller and a Washington Post Book World Most Worthy Book of 2003 -- unravels over the course of twenty-four hours but spans the collective experience of a society characterized by slavery.

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Review:

"A well-crafted novel." -- Austin American-Statesman

"The story will captivate readers." -- Daily Oklahoman

"A well-crafted novel."--Austin American-Statesman

"If the literary gods are feeling fair, Clarke will now receive attention from U.S. readers."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Magnificent. . . The Polished Hoe oozes unrequited love and seduction under duress."--San Antonio Express-News

"The beauty of the novel...lies in the poetry of its telling and the marvelous voice of Mary-Mathilda...a marvelous creation. It bubbles with the voices of a now-vast literature of the African diaspora."--Washington Post Book World

"Mesmerizing....steeped in slavery, colonialism, and sexual exploitation."--New York Times Book Review

"Endlessly fascinating...creatively executed....[The Polished Hoe] is certain to be met with critical acclaim in the U.S."--Booklist

"Lyrical...seductive...hypnotic....In this politically engaged novel, we are reminded that when it comes to colonialism, one never comes to any sort of final understanding."--Houston Chronicle

"Clarke's waltzing speech rhythms and sly humor, reminiscent of V. S. Naipaul...[contribute] to a Wagnerian crescendo."--Boston Globe

"[An] eloquent, richly detailed novel . . . .[that] unfolds through brilliantly written dialogue."--Publishers Weekly

"The story will captivate readers."--Daily Oklahoman

"Uncommonly talented, Clarke sees deeply, and transmits his visions and perceptions so skillfully that reading him is an adventure."--Publishers Weekly

The beauty of the novel...lies in the poetry of its telling and the marvelous voice of Mary-Mathilda...a marvelous creation. It bubbles with the voices of a now-vast literature of the African diaspora. --Washington Post Book World"

Lyrical...seductive...hypnotic....In this politically engaged novel, we are reminded that when it comes to colonialism, one never comes to any sort of final understanding. --Houston Chronicle"

[An] eloquent, richly detailed novel . . . .[that] unfolds through brilliantly written dialogue. --Publishers Weekly"

Clarke s waltzing speech rhythms and sly humor, reminiscent of V. S. Naipaul...[contribute] to a Wagnerian crescendo. --Boston Globe"

The story will captivate readers. --Daily Oklahoman"

Endlessly fascinating...creatively executed....[The Polished Hoe] is certain to be met with critical acclaim in the U.S. --Booklist"

Uncommonly talented, Clarke sees deeply, and transmits his visions and perceptions so skillfully that reading him is an adventure. --Publishers Weekly"

Magnificent. . . The Polished Hoe oozes unrequited love and seduction under duress. --San Antonio Express-News"

A well-crafted novel. --Austin American-Statesman"

If the literary gods are feeling fair, Clarke will now receive attention from U.S. readers. --Fort Worth Star-Telegram"

Mesmerizing....steeped in slavery, colonialism, and sexual exploitation. --New York Times Book Review"

-The beauty of the novel...lies in the poetry of its telling and the marvelous voice of Mary-Mathilda...a marvelous creation. It bubbles with the voices of a now-vast literature of the African diaspora.---Washington Post Book World

-Lyrical...seductive...hypnotic....In this politically engaged novel, we are reminded that when it comes to colonialism, one never comes to any sort of final understanding.---Houston Chronicle

-[An] eloquent, richly detailed novel . . . .[that] unfolds through brilliantly written dialogue.---Publishers Weekly

-Clarke's waltzing speech rhythms and sly humor, reminiscent of V. S. Naipaul...[contribute] to a Wagnerian crescendo.---Boston Globe

-The story will captivate readers.---Daily Oklahoman

-Endlessly fascinating...creatively executed....[The Polished Hoe] is certain to be met with critical acclaim in the U.S.---Booklist

-Uncommonly talented, Clarke sees deeply, and transmits his visions and perceptions so skillfully that reading him is an adventure.---Publishers Weekly

-Magnificent. . . The Polished Hoe oozes unrequited love and seduction under duress.---San Antonio Express-News

-A well-crafted novel.---Austin American-Statesman

-If the literary gods are feeling fair, Clarke will now receive attention from U.S. readers.---Fort Worth Star-Telegram

-Mesmerizing....steeped in slavery, colonialism, and sexual exploitation.---New York Times Book Review

From the Publisher:

‘The beauty of THE POLISHED HOE lies in the poetry of its telling and the marvellous voice of Mary-Mathilda. The value of the novel lies in its patient exploration of the sacrifices that are made for the sake of survival’
The Washington Post

‘There is a mesmerising stillness to Austin Clarke’s latest novel . . . Out of a single act of retribution [he] has spun an entire history, one in which freedom, love and even languor all have their place’
New York Times

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