Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire

I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for an honest review.

I was very excited to get a copy of Sugar in the Blood:A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire by Andrea Stuart. I really wanted to like this book. I have a huge amount of respect for the massive expanse of research that the author must have undertaken in the writing of this book. It is evident, in every single page, that she very thoroughly researched the time period and every aspect of her ancestors lives. Unfortunately, it was nearly painful to read. It is not well-written and feels like reading a textbook for your least favorite class. If you are fascinated with the sugar industry in the 1600's and don't mind slogging though a text-book style book, this is the book for you. If not, skip this book and keep those precious hours(many hours!) of your time that you can never get back.

Final rating: 2 out of 5 stars. I am being generous with the stars, because I truly am impressed by the amount of research done by the author.

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