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The Confessions of Nat Turner Book ß 453 pages Download  ❰Ebook❯ ➤ The Confessions of Nat Turner Author William Styron – Danpashley.co.uk WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEIn 1831 Nat Turner awaits death in a Virginia jail cell He is a slave a preacher and the leader of the only effective slave revolt Made to his jailers under the duress of his God Encompasses the betrayals cruelties and humiliations that made up slavery and that still sear the collective psyches of both race By turns breathtakingly beautiful and heartbreakingly poignant William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner ranks among the most beautiful novels I’ve read Though unavoidably polemical the book is nonetheless a deeply stirring contemplation of man’s place in the universe and his duties to his fellow manThe story is told through the eyes of a man convicted of leading one of the most notorious slave revolts in US history He is a man of God and the book explores the circumstances that brought him to the decision to lead a rebellion that by design resulted in scores of murders I must admit that I found my interest flagging at the point in the story where the revolt was actually launched I found much compelling the tale of how a man of the cloth could be brought to the conclusion that mass killing is the only viable solution What series of events what seuence of circumstances ultimately leads a person or people to conclude that killing is the solution This book seeks to answer that uestion among othersThe crushing dehumanization of the slave system is placed on vivid display by Styron here but the indomitability of the human spirit is the novel's true lodestar Certainly one of the most controversial aspects of the story is Styron’s treatment of the love that exists between Nat and a slaveholder’s daughter In Shakespearean fashion he draws the lines of a socioeconomic system that stripped an entire class of people of their humanity and in the process unavoidably diminished humanity itselfHe describes a scene late in the book where Turner is in a position of power over a slave master and Turner realizes with some shock that it is the first time he’s ever looked into the eyes of this man he’s known for over a decade Such moments punctuate Styron’s work here along with Turner’s thoroughgoing meditations on why a just god would allow such a system in the first place The author manages to thoroughly address the two fully intertwined yet independently dangerous subjects of Christianity and slavery while conducting a searching exploration of our individual humanity when faced with a patently immoral system Though a painful read at times this is a hauntingly beautiful novel and I guess I come down in the camp of people such as Styron’s friend James Baldwin who felt it was a work that needed to be done regardless of the writer's race In Baldwin’s own words “Each of us helplessly and forever contains the other – male in female white in black and black in white We are part of each other”

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEIn Nat Turner of Nat MOBI #237 awaits death in a Virginia jail cell He is The Confessions eBook #223 a slave a preacher and the leader of the only eff This book caused uite a controversy when it came out in 1967 and judging from some of the reviews here and on it's continuing to do so I didn't know about any of that when I started it but the I read the novel the dissatisfying and even irresponsible it started to seemSome have traced the outcry which followed its release to the simple fact that a white Virginian author was writing his way into the mind of a 19th century black slave but that is hardly the issue The book may have won the Pulitzer but for me it has two major problems the narrative voice is wildly inappropriate and the characterisation is on ethically shaky groundThe book is narrated by Nat Turner the poor and uneducated slave who led a rebellion against white society in 1831 Nat has scrabbled together a self taught literacy through a study of the Bible Yet the register of his narration is jarringly elevatedIt may be the commencement of spring or perhaps the end of summer; it matters less what the season is than that the air is almost seasonless – benign and neutral windless devoid of heat or coldThis is from his introductory remarks on the first page By the end of the book as he really tries to ratchet up the sense of drama he is writing things like thisI heard from afar across the withering late summer meadows the jingle of a cowbell like eternity piercing my heart with a sudden intolerable awareness of the eternity of the imprisoning years stretched out before me it is hard to describe the serene mood which even in the midst of this buzzing madness would steal over me when as if in a benison of cool raindrops or rushing water I would suddenly sink away toward a dream of IsiahDoes this really seem like the way a psychopathic uneducated slave would talk Not to me it doesn't What it sounds like is an overeducated middle class 20th century writer Of course this is fiction and there is no real reason why Styron can't just abandon verisimilitude and write however he likes – and if the writing were beautiful I would probably not care But I'm afraid I didn't find it especially beautiful – just overblown and consciously literary in a way that distracted from the storyNat Turner writes suspiciously like William Styron – and identifying author with character turns out to be of particular concern in a book like this Where this moves from literary concerns to moral ones is the way Nat's stylistic flourishes are contrasted with the dialectal speech of other slaves Not only do other black characters have their patois transcribed in detail and to the point of caricature but Nat himself is made to see it in the worst possible terms‘Yam me tek 'ee dar missy me tek 'ee dar’ I listened closely It was blue gum country nigger talk at its thickest nearly impenetrable a stunted speech unbearably halting and cumbersome with a wet gulping sound of Africa in itIt seems like this represents not the thoughts of a fellow slave but rather the kind of racist white society around him That's not to say that no slaves internalised this racism and looked down on other black people I'm sure that happened But for an author to stress this element so strongly seems rather precarious and taken with how much Styron's own writing seems to speak through Nat's narration leaves the author in a slightly awkward positionIf it were just the language it might be surmountable but it isn't In so many ways Nat is given exactly the feelings that anti emancipationist pro slavery militants liked to imagine black people had Despite leading a slave rebellion Styron's Nat Turner is himself the most ferv

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The Confessions of Nat TurnerEctive slave revolt in the history of 'that Confessions of Nat Epub #217 peculiar institution' William Styron's ambitious and stunningly accomplished novel is Turner's confession I'm tempted to give this 1 star but it does hold some historical perspectives that are worth reading Just be aware that Styron twisted some facets of history around subscribed unsupportable motivations to Turner a religious fanatic a lunatic by his own words to Thomas Ruffin Gray Gray was the lawyer who sat down with Turner while he was awaiting execution wrote the first 'Confessions' It's available as a free download here 2152018 update of the original link old one bustedTurner thought himself destined for great things due to visions that he ascribed to his god filtered through a distorted religion His twisted confession is a chilling look at life through the eyes of a serial killer a seriously deranged man His 'rebellion' was nothing than a wild killing spree without any other real purpose They killed at least 10 men 14 women and 31 infants and children His name should go down in history along side the likes of Hitler Jim Jones David Berkowitz nut job murderersUnfortunately Styron's fictional account tends to excuse many of Turner's actions even shows him in a heroic light I don't see how this obviously intelligent charismatic man Turner could have so badly bungled a true rebellion His confession to Gray tells us that he was directed by the holy spirit toward some sort of judgment day It reads nothing like a man who wanted his physical freedom he'd escaped come back on his own unlike his father who escaped never returned but like a deranged man aiming for a baptism in bloodReading some history on the reprisals that took place after this 'rebellion' makes for even chilling reading The immediate executions beatings were horrible but the effects on the anti slave movement were devastating Turner managed to destroy the growing sentiment that Jefferson had worked so hard to bring about finally seemed to be coming to fruition in VA