A Tale of the South

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Rated 4.00/5 based on 1 reviews
Commencing in Boston in the pre- and duration-era of the American Civil War, two white men vie for the love of a woman. The jealous rejected suitor causes his victorious rival to be abducted, dipped in a staining solution and sold South into slavery. Periods of extreme cruelty, unbelievable suffering and degradation are interspersed by rare islands of love and humanity in his life as a slave. More

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  • Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
  • Words: 152,940
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781301788729
About Adina Alexander

A third-generation South African, I immigrated to Israel aged 18, full of zeal, and married a Holocaust survivor from Germany (born Lutz Schneider). We lived for years on a farm where my husband and I raised our children, goats, and agricultural crops.
I started writing my first book six years ago, in between working and babysitting grandchildren. Still working and doing my own housework, I have 6 children, 16 grandchildren and a first great-grandchild.
I have has written two more books (unpublished as yet) and am working on the fourth. I love all animals but especially horses and cats. We have a cat, a dog and 30 chickens and live in Herzliya near Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Review by: Jacky Gray on Feb. 9, 2013 :
If you're a fan of gritty period drama, this is the book for you. Filled with beautifully drawn characters and well-researched, plausible situations, A Tale of the South follows one man's struggles to survive extreme suffering and degradation when his rival in love consigns him to a life of slavery.
Ms Alexander’s writing is warm and compassionate and her elegant style puts you straight into the middle of the 19th century as she skilfully evokes the particular fashions and attitudes of that period. Alex is a thoroughly likeable character – it is very easy to empathise with his outspoken opinions about some of the atrocities suffered by the victims of the cruel slave trade. This, of course, makes it so much harder to bear the injustice he endures because of the jealousy of the stage villain Norton (boo hiss!)
However, this book does not pull any punches and many of the scenes are quite harrowing, as Alex is forced to endure the very life he had been fighting to eradicate. It takes every ounce of his courage and resourcefulness to prevail as things go from bad to worse.
This is not a typical period piece filled with stylish, superficial wit or contrived excuses to rip bodices. I will be surprised if you are not moved by the power of Ms Alexander’s writing.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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