The Quality of Mercy

The Quality of Mercy

A Novel

Book - 2011
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It is the spring of 1767, and the vengeful Erasmus Kemp has had the mutinous sailors of his father's ship brought back to London to stand trial on piracy charges. Much to Kemp's dismay, the Irish fiddler Sullivan has escaped, and retrieving him proves too much in the midst of overseeing the dramatic legal case and a new business venture in the northern coal and steel industries of Thorpe. But the two men's paths are about to collide once again, for Sullivan is also on his way to Thorpe to fulfill the dying wish of his shipmate.

With historical sweep and deep pathos, Unsworth explores the struggles of the downtrodden against the rich and the powerful.

Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese, [2011]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780307948045
Branch Call Number: UNS
Characteristics: 319 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 17, 2013

This book is a follow up to the award winning novel "Sacred Hunger". It deals with the legal and moral implications that result from the storyline of the first book. The writing is very good although quite formal in style and the story is interesting but a bit slow moving. This book stands alone but it will be more interesting and easier to follow if you have read Sacred Hunger first. I would highly recommend this book to those that have read Sacred Hunger as it is a really good follow through of the fate of those characters.

Aug 02, 2012

This novel follows some characters from "Sacred Hunger" and tells of the dawning of Erasmus' conscience and love of the liberal, abolistionist's sister. Both books are very good.

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