I read this book as a teenager and in hindsight I can say that it made uite an impression on me First it
was mature reading beyond my ears and second it was a crash course on slavery mature reading beyond my Grant Cardone LIVE years and second it was a crash course on slavery America Impressive on both counts Conceived as a nefarious recollection of the many cruelties towards black people in the antebellum South period it is nevertheless focused on pulpy intrigues which seem pretty tame to today s standards also due to the plot s weak rendition You can also tell it was clearly meant to be serialized given its raciness brought enormous success however with these premises I will not indulge in any of the so called preuelsseuels Same goes for Onstott s other publications whom I sense to be all well written with interesting historical and cultural premises but going all out on dishing their trashy material for than three hundred pages I was a hot bloodedoung adolescent when I first discovered Lance Horner and Kyle Onstott s Falconhurst series and they hooked me totally These authors built up a kind of fictionalized Deep
South Comparable To Hardy Scomparable to Hardy s and while the books varied in uality they were usually an entertaining read 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 uality All the usual elements of Deep South tales are there the sexy musky smelling slaves the spoiled but sexy high allars white trash adventurers and overseers cracker barrel store salesman and earthy arrogant plantation owners and Mandingo probably is the most definitive example of the series The plot centers around Hammond Maxwell Owner of Falconhurst plantation which despite its name is given over to breeding slaves rather than growing cotton or tobacco and his wife who takes on gasp horror a black slave as her lover Mede the unfortunate slave in uestion His name is a diminutive of Ganymede is a fighter commonly matched by his owner against other slaves for a rich purse The fight descriptions are really well done if perhaps a bit graphic for some tastes one unfortunate prize fighter gets his throat chewed outand obviously this well muscled man is just what Hammond s neglected wife needs When her indiscretion is discovered however Hammond has no choice given the revolting social s of the timebut blame the poor slave and boil him alive in a potYes it s a violent tale probably too much so for some tastes But it s got the value that it will probably shock some people who knew little of the antebellum Southern United States out of their complacency about their nation s history and the added bonus that it will give apoplectic fits
to a certain type of person who thinksa certain type of person who thinks sex is a sin against Jesus Yes there are still such people around today so imagine the shock when this story came out in the seventies two generations ago Not being an African American I can t say for sure how people of such background will feel about this book It does contain a vivid picture of the evil days of slavery but nonetheless they may find some of the descriptions offens. Mandingo is a novel written in 1957 by Kyle Onstott The book is set in the 1830s in the antebellum South primarily around Falconhurst Ive The work is recommended
THAT CAVEAT I THOUGHT BOOKcaveat I thought this book a little rough around the edges and may offend some that read it but for me it opened a veil into another time and showed a sad and violent truth I loved this book and have read it than once The characters are very well developed and the storyline is interesting This is one of my favorite books although I wouldn t recommend it to everyone as it paints an ugly picture of the past that some do not wish to see This story is not for the faint at heart because it is racism at its worst but it was the way of life in the antebellum South in Alabama plantation Falconhurst Characters were well rounded and language raw Hammond s wife Blanche was not a virgin like all the slaves he like to bed piece of work and played her part well of a vengeful wife and jealous slave mistress on the plantation Hammond was a likable slave owner but he showed too many sides of what the white man was allowed elitist and sometimes did what others slavers did to fit in in Alabama and New Orleans Yet
When It Came To Ellenit came to Ellen slave girl Hammond promised her to let their child go free when he got older because he loved Ellen And that loving will be the downfall of Blanche when poor Ellen is knockedMentioning of Nat Turner great abolitionists and Cicero the slave who represented the lynching of an outspoken slave in the 19th century gave the story Mandingo credibility but still it was just not a story that I would not highly recommend Double standards are intertwined throughout this entire story This book published in 1957 is apparently very racist and does not take the negative view of slavery that the post 60s civil rights era changed for most people I m interested in reading it from that angle This just might end up being the hardest review I ll ever write becausewhat can ou say about this book It boggles the mind and begs for analysis because it can t simply be a fat doorstopper with barely any plot sluggish pace and endless repetition can it There has to be to it right RightEven if there isn t darned if I didn t want to soldier on through to the end where my reader s patience was rewarded with an OTT OMGWTF climax of all OTT OMGWTF climaxesThe story takes place over the course of a few Bad Lawyer years in the 1830s in rural Alabama on the slave breeding plantation of Falconhurst Warren Maxwell and his son Hammond plant cotton everyear but the dirt is worthless and the labor is only a means to keep their stock soun and vig ous Their main business is raising slaves maturing them and sending them off to market Hamm Now this book is about fifty flavors of racist and bigotry just leaps from the pages The Mangle Street Murders yet it is a compelling read Not for the faint of heart or the historically literate it s like a train wreck onceou start ou can t put it downOnstott is not a Great American Writer but he takes some of the most hated traditions of an evil institutions and blends them into a sexy soap opera and somehow it becomes memorable Don t get me wrong it s not a Must Read by any stretch of the imagination and it will take an amazing imagination to get to the last page But if ou get to the last page the story and characters will stay with The Black Eyed Stranger you for a long long time I read this book manyears ago I don t remember the. Fictional plantation in Alabama owned by the planter Warren Maxwell The narrative centers on Maxwell his son Hammond and the Mandingo.
Download è PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Á Kyle OnstottWhole story however I remember it is about slavery in the US I think this is a historical fiction because the book actually reflexes many of the atrocities that actually occurred during slavery The characters are not real however slave owners overseers and slaves are a historical fact Slaves had to work as house and field slaves under owners and overseers who saw them as property rather than human beings Slaves had to live in poor conditions off what ever was provided them Further unwanted sex and violence were wrongs that slaves had to endureLife on the plantation was not great The author capitalized on human nature by exploiting our fascination with sex and violence One thing I do remember is that I enjoyed the book and read the other books in the series 25 StarsFirst I d like to thank Mrs Wilson and her Abject visions yard sale She so kindly let me a complete stranger go in her house and use her bathroom While I was in her house I stopped in her living room to admire her bookshelfas any good booknerd would While looking at her shelf I spotted this book Mandingo and rudely picked it up and started reading itGod I didn t realize how rude I was until right now she comes in and catches me I of course was super embarrassed and apologized profusely I told her I had always wanted to read Mandingo but it was hard to find She told me she had bought it brand new when it was released in 1958 but had never been able to read it all She then kindly gave it to meFor Free I offered to pay for it but she refused to take my money She said that since she didn t like it she just wouldn t feel right taking my moneyThankou Mrs WilsonNow on to the reviewI now know why Mrs Wilson dnf d this book I almost dnf d it about 8x if not I never read a
Weirder Or Poorly Written Book And Ior poorly written book and I t think ever will Mandingo is one of the most controversial novels ever written and that s why I wanted to read it Mandingo is manages to be sexually explicit without having any sex scenes I m not a prude but the nonstop descriptions of slave genitalia made me super uncomfortable The overuse of the word Rape was nauseating The writing was unreadable until about page 100I think I just got use to it but it was at the same time compulsively readable I ve never had such conflicting emotions about a book in my entire life This book is brutal but so is slavery Mandingo may be the most truthful depiction of slavery ever written by a White person Slavery is never sugarcoated in Mandingo slaves are treated like they are subhuman With the exception of one slave the master s wench lover Ellen she s treated better than the master s wife father and daughter The master Hammond can t even explain why he s so drawn to Ellen but he buys her things takes her on trips and gives her a bed in the main house As Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism - 2nd Edition you can probably guess this behavior doesn t go over too well with his family His wife is driven so mad by her husband s conduct that she does something unthinkable and that act leads to the most BATSHIT CRAZY 20 pages I ve ever read in my entire LIFE The ending of this book made me glad I was able to finish this book I m not recommending Mandingo because its such a hard read I settled on 25 Stars but could just as easily have given it 4 Stars I m glad I read it even though it was a slog at time. Or Mandinka slave Ganymede or Mede It is a tale of cruelty toward the blacks of that time containing vicious fights poisoning and viole.