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Re: Bondwoman's Narrative - Discussion

Hello George;

I'm halfway through Craft's story. Her literary style along with the plot of the story left me wantingÉit was a bit frayed with time. Let me explain.

Her writing style is much more old fashioned than that of Dickens. I don't fault her for that. It was the 'best of timesÉthe worst of times." (wink) I'm pretty sure that Craft didn't speak in the vernacular of her written voice. But it is obvious that she didn't speak in the "plantation darkey" patois either. There were times when I wanted to shout, "will you write in plain English!" But then as you pointed out, many wrote in that style. I thought that she took it to the extreme.

As for the plot. A little of Miss Eva and a lot of Chestnut's tragic mulatto. Once again I am reading this 150 years later.

The value of this work is about who she was and how her novel came to be published a century later.

I haven't read the analysis of her book nor page 331 etc.

You wrote:

"Having said all that, chapter 1 begins with the sentence; 'It may be that I assume to[o] much responsibility in attempting to write these pages'. What are your thoughts on this? "

Craft's remarks are very self-effacing. I am not sure what was behind these words. Responsibility for what? To tell the story of slavery? Assuming too much? That her story will matter in changing those enslaved?

Perhaps the commentary on her book will give me more insight into your question.

K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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