THE POLISHED HOE is an epic symphony of Caribbean life. Layers of disturbing history slowly unfold through one woman's intimate, murderous confession. Mary-Mathilda - the fair-skinned mistress of a cruel plantation manager - tells her story in an exquisite, dancing vernacular and it is the story of a life, a culture, a time gone by. But its meditation on love, loss and sacrifice, and its explorations of lives distorted by the horrors of racism are utterly contemporary.
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'A magnificent, breathtaking plunge into the secret depths of human relations . . . a wonder-filled gem’ -- Ottawa Citizen
‘An unqualified masterpiece’ -- Toronto Star
‘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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Book Description Amistad, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060555653
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Book Description Amistad, 2003. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Set in the postcolonial West Indies in the thirties and forties, "The Polished Hoe" unravels over the course of 24 hours, but spans the lifetime of one woman and the collective experience of a society characterized by slavery. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060555653