4 out of 4 stars
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Thursday's Child by Shana Carr is a pretty unique book. In the epilogue, a young woman in the Middle Ages named Eve is ordered to be hanged. Just before she dies, she calls for a man named Parquin.
Then, part 1 of the book begins. Evie, the protagonist, is a slave who lives in the southern United States in a period immediately before the Civil War. Wait a minute. What does the "witch" of the Middle Ages have to do with this slave? It must be a book about the oppression of women throughout history, right? Wrong answer. After Parquin appears again, the reader begins to understand that everything is correlated. From then until the end of the first part, the reader finally discovers that Evie is someone who can remember her past lives. Even though she was a slave who worked at her owner's home, Evie had to go through countless sufferings ranging from racism, loss of loved ones, and romantic disappointments. The white man she thought she was in love with was a gay man who had a secret relationship with a young slave.
In part 2 of the book, the protagonist is a young Australian woman named Eleanor. She was born in 1917 when her father was fighting in the trenches of the First World War. After being seriously injured, he dreams of a child, and after he returns home, he discovers that he is the father of a girl. From an early age, Eleanor proved to be a compassionate and special girl. In the middle of the story, the reader realizes that she is also able to communicate with Parquin. Shortly after that, Eleanor discovers her previous life as an American slave. Like Evie, she had to face people's prejudice and her father's distrust. Falling in love with a man 20 years older who was her father's best friend, Eleanor had to overcome many obstacles to find happiness.
Considering that the book is over 800 pages, it is virtually impossible to describe all Thursday's Child's main events. I would need to write four reviews to complete this task. Anyway, I must emphasize that the author produced a masterpiece. The author was brilliant in creating a novel that describes the lives of ordinary people in the three main events of the 19th and 20th centuries (American Civil War, World War I and World War II. How gifted must Shana Carr be to do that?
Knowing more about the hardships of the slaves in the United States before abolition and the life of an Australian family during the Two Great World Wars was an incredible experience. That's what I liked the most about the book, without a doubt. There is nothing to be criticized here. Thursday's Child is professionally edited and has a few minor errors. Throughout the book, there are several examples of racial slurs (mostly in the first part).
All in all, Thursday's Child deserves 4 out of 4 stars. I found the book brilliant, addictive, and instructive. There is no relevant flaw to highlight. I recommend this book to all readers who love novels and are interested in learning more about important events in modern history.
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