Mandingo is a novel written in by Kyle Onstott. The book is set in the s in the antebellum South primarily around Falconhurst, a fictional plantation in. Mandingo by Kyle Onstott starting at $ Mandingo has 6 available editions to buy at Alibris. Results 1 – 30 of Mandingo by Onstott, Kyle and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from February Denlinger’s, a small Virginia publisher, released it and it became a national sensation, consumed by the public and derided by the critics.

However, Paul Talbot points out that some contemporary reviews accepted the novel as shocking, yet truthful. Philip eventually married a woman named Vicky and the two remained close to Onstott for the rest of his life.

Further, unwanted sex and violence were wrongs that slaves had to endure. I just read it again and found the sexuality greatly diminished and the shock value diluted by more recent revolting narratives. I read the original edition with about 30 pages more than the “abridged, uncensored” edition.

But Mandingo isn’t the sort of thing I mean. The writing was unreadable until about page I think I just got use to it but it was at the same time compulsively readable. Apr 30, Schuyler Wallace rated it it was ok.

Apr 19, Alan Smith rated it liked it. The characters are very well developed and the storyline is interesting. When Hammond travels to an estate auction and secretly takes Ellen along, Blanche becomes apoplectic. The vet has his own preoccupations with a local ugly but rich widder woman and we get to hear all about her and her slaves and the doc’s mercenary designs on her as well as supposin’s about what’s wrong with Big Pearl until she’s FINALLY examined and it’s decided which turns out to be accurate that she just wants to sleep with Hammond like all the virgin slave wenches on the plantation.

He was invited to write an article for True: I asked to read the discarded pages but she said it was too terrible probably so for a 12 year oldbut I got t I’m marking this a read, although I didnt actually read it, my mother did and then gave me a blow by blow verbal accounting of the story.


By about three-quarters through, I was getting replete with the handful of details and repetitive vocabulary like “mayhap”! We use the traditional book grading system of from best to worst: AlabamaUnited States. She begins drinking heavily and is jealous of Hammond’s continuing preference for his “bed wench”, Ellen, who is now pregnant. Feb 05, Ij rated it it was amazing Shelves: Such critical reactions show a disgust at the atrocities portrayed in Onstott’s novel.

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In either case, the reader gets a glimpse into the dehumanizing effects of slavery on both the owner and the owned. Mandingo may be the most truthful depiction of slavery ever written by a White person. I thi Pretty much trash writing. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Mandingo is the only novel of the Falconhurst series that Onstott wrote, but he edited the next three novels in the series.

He achieved his goal. It is a tale of cruelty toward the blacks of that time, containing vicious fights, poisoning, and violent Although Mandingo was a national and international best-seller, selling 5 million copies nationwide, [21] critical opinions about the novel were—and continue to be—mixed.

When I read this in the s I was quite surprised to learn that it had been published in Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Yes, there are still such people around today, so imagine the shock when this story came out in the seventies, two generations ago! However, the slaves are treated as animals to be used as the Maxwells wish. Revisiting the works in adulthood I found a few flaws – plots tend to be a bit samey, the dialogue of the Negro slaves can be wearying to decipher, and it’s hard to fall for the implication that the authors are tut-tutting at the abomination of slavery, when it’s obvious they’re enjoying every line they write – but it’s hard to deny their read-along quality.


Mandingo, by Kyle Onstott. Wilson and her yard sale.

Many times scenes like this just fizzled out. No territories, no APO, no other countries. There are light rubs along spine edges and spine has a slight roll, with a single crease. Crest,14th Crest printing.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I’m glad I read it even though it was a slog at times. Blanche, neglected by a husband who finds more time for his pure-bred Mandingo fighter than for her, turns to drink and eventually to infidelity to ease her loneliness. This just might end up being the hardest review I’ll ever write because I’m adding this because I want to add a new category: The plot is strong and the writing is competent so it’s no struggle at all to read.

Mandingo (novel) – Wikipedia

Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the The book is set in the s in the antebellum South primarily around Falconhurst, a fictional plantation in Alabama owned by the planter Warren Maxwell. Jul 05, Susan rated it it was ok. I thought this book was a little rough around the edges and klye offend some that read it but for me it opened a veil into another time and showed a sad and violent truth.

Hammond sees Mede wearing the earrings manddingo Blanche’s silly form of revenge and it amuses him: One thing I do remember is that, I enjoyed the book mandingoo read kandingo other books in the series.

I won’t recommend it for anyone in particular, though. Slavery is never sugarcoated in Mandingo, slaves are treated like they are subhuman. Then he vows to go to New Orleans to kill 2 other slaves of theirs that had blackmailed their way into Blanche’s bed, before vowing to move onto Texas where he can hold his head up and meet people in the eye.