The Polished Hoe - Audiobooks - MP3

The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke – Audiobooks , MP3

Review The Polished Hoe

About Author Austin Clarke

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+ Author : Austin Clarke (Author), Robin Miles (Narrator)
+ Format : MP3 ( without DRM – You can listen on many Other Devices )
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+ Listening Length : 18 hours and 49 minutes
+ Language : English


Winner of both the Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, The Polished Hoe is acclaimed author Austin Clarke’s masterpiece.

On a Caribbean island in the 1950s, elderly Mary Gertrude Mathilda commits murder. As she explains herself to police, her story exposes the ugly underbelly of life on Caribbean plantations, with its slavery and brutality.

When Mary-Mathilda, one of the most respected women of the island of Bimshire (also known as Barbados) calls the police to confess to the crime, the result is a shattering all-night vigil that brings together elements of the island’s African past and the tragic legacy of colonialism in one epic sweep.

Set in the West Indies in the period following World War II, The Polished Hoe – an Essence best seller and a Washington Post Book World Most Worthy Book of 2003 – unravels over the course of 24 hours but spans the collective experience of a society characterized by slavery.


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  • the murder mystery is not the point

    As other reviewers have mentioned, this novel is slow paced and meandering — not "edge of seat" detective fiction. That doesn't mean it is "pointless." In fact, it's a rich, engrossing immersion in 1950s West Indies, with all its beautiful and hideous social-historical baggage, captured in the conversation of one night.

    I am very glad that I listened to rather than read this gem because the narrator's delivery of Clarke's rich dialogue adds value to this GREAT novel. I love good detective fiction as much as any other Audible listener, but don't download this if you're looking only for that.

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