Property delivers incredible insight into barbarity of slavery in America. “Property” describes not only situation of the slaves but also of the wife of sugar plantation owner. Manon is unhappy in her marriage, she misses her family and longs for the vibrant lifestyle of her native New Orleans. She saffocates because of her domestic situation.
The book is beautifully written. With simple and clear language, the author was able to depict atrocities committed by slaves’ owners. In fact, the story is told in such a way that it made me feel everything. I was angry, frustrated, and emotional.
Nevertheless, I am disappointed with the main character, Manon. She is extremely unhappy and bitter but does nothing to change her life. She simply waits until her husband dies so she will get back her freedom. Although the story is a testimony of lives of many women during those times, I once would like to read about woman who tries to change something. Of course, Manon was a creation of social structure, which determined her character, but still… why is it so hard to write about strong heroine, who fights for her freedom? Why many authors keep on writing about weak and impotent women, who wait to be rescued? Don’t we need positive examples that would inspire women to try change their tragic situation little by little?
So, at the end Manon becomes free due to her husband’s death but she remains unhappy and bitter…
Fortunately, Manon’s inactivity is contrasted with Sarah’s desire to become free. Sarah is a slave girl given to Manon as a wedding present from her aunt. Manon despises Sarah and does not recognizes her as a human being. However, this is Sarah, who escapes from her oppressor and does anything in her power to become free. As she says, even a short moment of freedom is worth sacrifice.
Overall rating: 4/5