Thursday, December 15, 2011

Opening Sentence of the Day: Sacred Hunger

The ship he meant was the Liverpool Merchant, Captain Saul Thurso, and he had never seen her, though she carried the seeds of all his dreams in her hold.
-- Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth.

This sprawling novel about the British slave trade in the 1700s won the Booker Prize in 1992.

I am reading it as my second Booker winner for the 2011 Battle of the Prizes, British Version.  It also counts as one of my Chunkster Challenge books.


  1. Hmm, it would be interesting to read about the British slave trade rather than books just focusing on the American side of things. Looking forward to your thoughts on it.

  2. Sam: So far, it is very interesting. I think from reading the back cover that it is going to be a very elaborate story.

  3. I really, really liked this, in spite of my reservations about it going in. I'll enjoy hearing what you think (and maybe I'll even get my review up this year . . .).


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