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  1. Michael Michael says:

    I was powerfully drawn into this world of Cassius, a slave on a tobacco plantation in Virginia in 1862, Sweetsmoke He has survived a lot in this twisted world , and though he is privileged to work as a carpenter instead of a field hand, he is in danger of losing his humanity He remembered first hand the trauma of separation when his mother was sold He was raised by Mam Rosie and for a brief time her husband Darby, as Darby was sold soon after He grew tall and made himself a secret promise tha I was powerfully drawn into this world of Cassius, a slave on a tobacco plantation in Virginia in 1862, Sweetsmoke He has survived a lot in this twisted world , and though he is privileged to work as a carpenter instead of a field hand, he is in danger of losing his humanity He remembered first hand the trauma of separation when his mother was sold He was raised by Mam Rosie and for a brief time her husband Darby, as Darby was sold soon after He grew tall and made himself a secret promise that he would be different He would not love anything He would make his heart cold.But we ve all sang that song at times, you know, the Simon and Garfunkle one, I Am a Rock , and that outlook really doesn t sustain you Cassius has loved, and he has lost He was married to Marriah and they had a baby That story ended badly from the hands of his owners, Hoke and Ellen Howard, which is all I should say In the narrative of his present, he is alone, but two forces are drawing him out of his shell One is his protective concerns for a new acquisition for the plantation, Quashee, a teenaged beauty put to the harsh labor of the fields The other is a desire for revenge over the murder of Emoline, a freed slave who nursed him back from his brutal punishments for rebellion after the loss of his family.Quashee s spirit moves Cassius to risky actions to save her from the lusts of Big Gus, a driver for the plantation given power and privilege in exchange for keeping order among the slaves for the master Cassius works behind the scenes to get Quashee taken into household service, and in the process of foiling a competitor for the position makes a moral choice on the order of that portrayed in Sophie s Choice In this darkness of his soul, he begins to struggle again against the chains of his credo that, in the words of Kris Kristofferson, If you ain t got nothing, you got nothing to lose He and Quashee begin to nurture a love that he feels bound to quash If you don t love, then there s one thing they can t destroy Emoline was the closest thing Cassius has had to motherly love and a beacon of what a life of freedom could be She makes a living through herbal medicine and fortune telling She secretly taught Cassius to read during his recovery, and he comes to learn she secretly worked as a spy selling information to the Union relevant to the movements and plans of the Confederate Army Was this work the cause of her murder or was there a personal reason In pursuit of the answer and retribution, Cassius risks his life many times, and his quest drives him to explore the espionage network He is surprised to be treated with respect by the whites working for this cause He is stumped when one of them asks him what it s like to be a slave, as he doesn t know what it is not to be a slave since his life isn t his own Some of insights he begins to gain about the institute of slavery point to a paradox of how the white masters are in many ways enslaved by the system themselves When Hoke is laid low by illness, his wife Ellen has to take charge Her illusions of virtue over running a big happy family clash with a sense of being trapped A strange and fleeting image entered Ellen s mind, that of a large cage in a small room The cage was filled with slaves while their masters were outside the cage squeezed and immobile in the narrow space between cage and walls This was a queer image indeed as both master and slave were unable to reach the fresh air that beckoned through a wide open door Cassius suspicions about Emoline s murderer leads him to pursue a Rebel quartermaster in General Lee s army under the ruse of bringing back a son of Hoke and Ellen The search leads him to Maryland and into the middle of the horrors of the Battle of Sharpsburg, which ended Lee s invasion of Union territory Fuller is especially eloquent in these apocalyptic scenes and Cassius reaction to whites killing whites on an impossible scale, all somehow to do with keeping his people in subjugation.Fuller clearly goes beyond any didactic goal of exposing the evils of slavery, which has been well covered in the time since Uncle Tom s Cabin It was a riveting story for me full of universal themes of struggles over fate and choice, the limits of compromise, and the risks of loving On one level, the tale parallels that of Cassius in Shakespeare s Julius Cesar , for whom he was named He secretly reads the play and can t decide whether to identify with the integrity and competence of the character or his treachery In my recent reads of novels on slavery, this one ranks up there for me with Toni Morrison s A Mercy andsatisfying than Edward Jones The Known World , albeit without their high quality of prose


  2. Amy Amy says:

    I live in the south Every day, I see relics of days that to some symbolize the glory of the south, to others, a time of great shame for humankind I was not born into southern culture indeed, my own family fled from persecution elsewhere to settle in the United States in the days before World War I , but I still feel the scars that the enslavement of African Americans left on our world When a friend from another country had trouble enjoying a visit to Charleston, saying he could feel the pain I live in the south Every day, I see relics of days that to some symbolize the glory of the south, to others, a time of great shame for humankind I was not born into southern culture indeed, my own family fled from persecution elsewhere to settle in the United States in the days before World War I , but I still feel the scars that the enslavement of African Americans left on our world When a friend from another country had trouble enjoying a visit to Charleston, saying he could feel the pain of slavery as he walked the streets of the city, it was a knife to my heart It is not the way we live now, at least not in this part of the world, and while we are not perfect, I wonder how long those who inhabit this land will bear the responsibility of scars of the past.Many people have a romanticized vision of slavery, due in part to its depiction in novels and movies But even the kindest rendition in print or screen cannot deny that at its core, slavery involves ownership of one person over another Sweetsmoke presents the reader with a huge array of relationships between between people of the south in that time of our history The brutality is unflinching, the loyalties complex, the relationships tangled It is a glimpse into the darkness of our past, exploring diverse aspects of the human psyche It s a retelling of that wound in our national history called the Civil War It s a character study of a man of passions and principles, despite his enslavement It s a reminder that our greatest downfall is man s inhumanity to man, and our greatest strength is our ability to open our hearts to other people, and strive for what is right I thought the author s technique of using quotation marks around the speech of free people, black or white, and none around the speech of the enslaved was a powerful tool to keep the reader reminded of the degradation of the human spirit when we succumb to the evils of saying we own another individual.This is a book that is complex, and I may reread, because there are certainly nuances I missed There were some moments in it that opened my eyes, not so much about the institution of slavery, butregarding how the world was in that time figuring out how to pass a message, cross a river, make a rendezvous I even found myself looking up some of the herbs and medicinal plants mentioned, as that s an interest of mine.Many thanks to my friend Maggie, who recommended this book to me I will pass it on thoughtfully


  3. Booknblues Booknblues says:

    SweetsmokeBy David Fuller5 starspp 310Sweetsmoke by David Fuller is a mystery Sweetsmoke by David Fuller is a character study Sweetsmoke by David Fuller is a historical fiction It is truly all of these andDavid Fuller spent eight years researching and writing this novel about a plantation called Sweetsmoke set in 1862 during the Civil War His work is deeply moving, with prose that brings the reader into the setting and characters which are complex and interesting Fuller does not shy SweetsmokeBy David Fuller5 starspp 310Sweetsmoke by David Fuller is a mystery Sweetsmoke by David Fuller is a character study Sweetsmoke by David Fuller is a historical fiction It is truly all of these andDavid Fuller spent eight years researching and writing this novel about a plantation called Sweetsmoke set in 1862 during the Civil War His work is deeply moving, with prose that brings the reader into the setting and characters which are complex and interesting Fuller does not shy away from the conflicts and personality disorders which occur when one group of people own another and this is part of the appeal of the story and it is a gripping and exciting story.I was so impressed with Fuller s development of the central character, Cassius Howard, a slave who was trained by the plantation owner, Hoke Howard, as a carpenter and as such was given certain freedom and was on occasion lent to other plantation to help them in their buildings Cassius is a reflective, intelligent and secret individual with great strength of character along with many internal conflictsSounds of the plantation slipped in clear and bright, then were just as quickly muffled, a fragment of work song followed by a ghostly stillness, the drifting laughter of children, blown away by the rush of overhead wind A deep ache built inside him as he listened to people living, working and being together A fierce and terrible melancholy gripped him and he did not understand why the feeling made him desire to live Finally, a breath of breeze passed under the brim of his hat and cooled the sweat, and Cassius was released from the moment When Cassius learns that Emoline, the free woman who helped him when he was deeply injured, has been murdered, he vows to find out who murdered her and avenge her While Cassius is given certain freedoms as a carpenter his quest his still fraught with such danger, that it keeps the reader on edge and unable to put the book down I know as I read through much of a night.The Civil War is ever present and the way in which Howard managed to incorporate into the book is interesting and exciting For the civil war enthusiast, I believe this will prove to be a must read I found that I needed to do some research while reading it and was reward for doing so, a secret I will not divulge in this review.Fuller is a screenwriter and I could easily see this adapted as a movie I hear that Fuller is working on another novel and my hope is that he writes another book about Cassius, because I want to know what will happen to him next


  4. Aryn Aryn says:

    I finally figured out what made this book so awkward to read Only the free people s speech was in quotation marks This left all the slaves speech out of quotation marks When some speech is in quotes and some isn t it makes for a very difficult read It made it hard to tell what was really being said and what was thought process It was an interesting concept for writing a Civil War era historical fiction novel, but in practice it just ended up being awkward and hard to read.I ended up skimmi I finally figured out what made this book so awkward to read Only the free people s speech was in quotation marks This left all the slaves speech out of quotation marks When some speech is in quotes and some isn t it makes for a very difficult read It made it hard to tell what was really being said and what was thought process It was an interesting concept for writing a Civil War era historical fiction novel, but in practice it just ended up being awkward and hard to read.I ended up skimming the last 100 pages or so of this book


  5. Tony Tony says:

    I have to admit that this book s basic premise was strong enough to carry me through the story s few rough patches Set in the midst of the Civil War 1862 , the story introduces us to Cassius, a slave carpenter He enjoys a special status among the slaves at the titular Virginia tobacco plantation not only for his skill as a craftsman which makes himvaluable than mere field hands , but also because he was a childhood playmate of the plantation s master The death of his wife and child I have to admit that this book s basic premise was strong enough to carry me through the story s few rough patches Set in the midst of the Civil War 1862 , the story introduces us to Cassius, a slave carpenter He enjoys a special status among the slaves at the titular Virginia tobacco plantation not only for his skill as a craftsman which makes himvaluable than mere field hands , but also because he was a childhood playmate of the plantation s master The death of his wife and child several years ago has made him rather insular, and unlike some of the other higher ranking slaves he prefers to keep a low profile and not get caught up in the plantations social jockeying and intrigues.However, when Emoline Justice, a local free black woman, herbalist, and fortune teller is found murdered, Cassius decides to cautiously pursue justice on her soul s behalf She was a kind of mother mentor figure to him, having nursed him back from death s door, and taught him to read and write What follows is a kind of blend of historical fiction about plantation life and a whodunit murder mystery For this to work, the reader has to accept that Cassius secret literacy enables him to travel ratherfreely than most slaves although not without peril , allowing him to go into town and the surrounding countryside to pursue clues.This story is pretty gripping, since on top of the hunt for the killer, there s the war lurking not too far away, Underground Railroad operations in the area, plus slavers, spies, and a full cast of realized characters And if that s not enough, the book also does a very nice job of dramatizing the private life of slaves, which themselves are fraught with peril, as plots to curry favor abound, allegiances shift, and anyone might be sold off at any point Yes, certain elements are somewhat idealized and sanitized, but it s fiction and you either have to accept that or resign yourself to not really enjoying the book there are plenty of true narratives of slavery if that s your main interest This is an excellent mix of plot, setting, and character a book that makes you think about a certain era in a slightly different way by bringing it to life


  6. Mocha Girl Mocha Girl says:

    The advanced praise and publisher s accolades for Sweetsmoke are not unwarranted David Fuller has penned a rich, full bodied story that centers on a slave s Cassius desire to identify the killer of a free woman who is endeared to him via bewildering circumstances To its credit, the novel goes deeper than the average whodunit It is the equally complex sub plots, the noble and conniving characters, the accuracy of the historical content, and the wonderfully imagined social network of life, The advanced praise and publisher s accolades for Sweetsmoke are not unwarranted David Fuller has penned a rich, full bodied story that centers on a slave s Cassius desire to identify the killer of a free woman who is endeared to him via bewildering circumstances To its credit, the novel goes deeper than the average whodunit It is the equally complex sub plots, the noble and conniving characters, the accuracy of the historical content, and the wonderfully imagined social network of life, love, loss, and pain on a Virginia Plantation at the onset of the Civil War that add layers of depth and incredible breadth to the story The politics and racial attitudes of the day are illustrated well in the book which also contained some of the most vivid battlefield scenes I have read So often books of this nature cover the master slave relationship in the perfunctory manner, but Fuller exceeded my expectations by creating some very unique relationships among the slaves and the slave owners Another aspect that I respected was the equal weight given to the happenings inside the big house as well as the slave quarters He also vigilantly broached valid but unpopular topics such as as slaves supporting the Confederacy and the manipulation, betrayal, and infighting within the slave community He also showed us the intelligence, bravery, and cunning of Cassius as he navigated the plantation and the free world Bottom line There are several reviews posted already that enthusiastically endorse the novel and I agree wholeheartedly with them Most likely this novel will make my personal Top Reads list for this year I enjoyed it for the history lessons, the mystery, and the characters This book is firmly on equal footing with The March by E.L Doctorow, Song Yet Sung by James McBride, and Stand the Storm by Breena Clarke Recommended for historical fiction fans interested in the US slave institution during the Civil War era


  7. CAW CAW says:

    This is a dry earth book, filled with very fully realised characters and the sort of incidental details I love in a narrative, the kind Mark Twain would deplore a drifting scrap of cobweb, the precise way the wind shakes the trees, suchlike things.The protagonist is an extremely emotionally repressed man, which makes his reactions interesting but imparts a very detached feel to the narrative A plantation slave wandering Virginia in 1862 has some visceral sights to see, but nothing really moves This is a dry earth book, filled with very fully realised characters and the sort of incidental details I love in a narrative, the kind Mark Twain would deplore a drifting scrap of cobweb, the precise way the wind shakes the trees, suchlike things.The protagonist is an extremely emotionally repressed man, which makes his reactions interesting but imparts a very detached feel to the narrative A plantation slave wandering Virginia in 1862 has some visceral sights to see, but nothing really moves Cassius on a surface levelthings shift within him slowly and deeply, which reflects admirable skill on the part of the writer but gives the reader little to connect to This lack of connection and surface emotion may be why the book strikes me as unsatisfyingdeep and or slow characters are great, especially when they re as intelligent and silently angry as Cassius, but what makes a great story is when that smouldering eventually flares to action I expected Cassius to someday get his quotation marks slaves in the book speak without these after all the steps he d taken towards free thinking, but instead the book meanders to a halt


  8. Kara Kara says:

    With an abundance of excellent books about the Civil War south and slavery there is no need to read Sweetsmoke David Fuller s book is part murder mystery, part description of plantation life, and part war novel Unfortunately because it tries to to fulfill so many roles it fulfills none of them well By the time the murder mystery was finally solved, I had become distracted by so many other plot lines that I no longer cared who the murderer was Additionally, with the exception of the main char With an abundance of excellent books about the Civil War south and slavery there is no need to read Sweetsmoke David Fuller s book is part murder mystery, part description of plantation life, and part war novel Unfortunately because it tries to to fulfill so many roles it fulfills none of them well By the time the murder mystery was finally solved, I had become distracted by so many other plot lines that I no longer cared who the murderer was Additionally, with the exception of the main character, the slave Cassius, the characters were undeveloped and uninteresting For instance, I never could figure out the allure of Emoline, the former slave murdered in the early chapters of the book I also found it completely unrealistic that Cassius, a previously uneducated man, could learn to read and write so well in such a short period of time Because much of the plot hinges on this development, I had a hard time appreciating and believing most of the story The one positive aspect of this book is that it presented the complex relationship between slaves and owners without resorting to stereotypes Still, this one positive does not compensate for the books many other flaws


  9. ☕Laura ☕Laura says:

    I initially waivered on whether or not to read this book The premise a slave investigating a murder was interesting, but seemed like the kind of plot that could go really, really wrong and become completely unrealistic I am so glad that I finally decided to read this book, as I really enjoyed it I found myself interested both in the mystery and the characters themselves The liberties which the slave Cassius were granted made sense in the context of the storyline and the complex relatio I initially waivered on whether or not to read this book The premise a slave investigating a murder was interesting, but seemed like the kind of plot that could go really, really wrong and become completely unrealistic I am so glad that I finally decided to read this book, as I really enjoyed it I found myself interested both in the mystery and the characters themselves The liberties which the slave Cassius were granted made sense in the context of the storyline and the complex relationship between himself and Master Hoke The deceptions and backstabbing among the slaves and among the members of the household added depth to the story, and the author s vivid descriptions brought it to life His depictions of the horrors both of slavery and of the battlefield were impressive and humbling


  10. Ann Ann says:

    Beautifully written, heart wrenching book I learnedabout slavery than i ever wanted to know.


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Sweetsmoke ❮Download❯ ➻ Sweetsmoke Author David Fuller – Thomashillier.co.uk The year is , and the Civil War rages through the South On a Virginia tobacco plantation, another kind of battle soon begins There, Cassius Howard, a skilled carpenter and slave, risks everything puni The year is , and the Civil War rages through the South On a Virginia tobacco plantation, another kind of battle soon begins There, Cassius Howard, a skilled carpenter and slave, risks everything punishment, sale to a cotton plantation, even his life to learn the truth concerning the murder of Emoline, a freed black woman, a woman who secretly taught him to read and once saved his life It is clear that no one cares about her death in the midst of a brutal and hellish war No one but Cassius, who braves horrific dangers to escape the plantation and avenge her loss As Cassius seeks answers about Emoline s murder, he finds an unexpected friend and ally in Quashee, a new woman brought over from another plantation and a formidable adversary in Hoke Howard, the master he has always obeyed With subtlety and beauty, Sweetsmoke captures the daily indignities and harrowing losses suffered by slaves, the turmoil of a country waging countless wars within its own borders, and the lives of those people fighting for identity, for salvation, and for freedom.

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Sweetsmoke
  • David Fuller
  • English
  • 12 October 2019
  • 1401323316

About the Author: David Fuller

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