Free
$40.00

Free

By Martin Mordecai
US$ 40.00
Book Description

Framed around three characters who are free themselves, but hedged in by the oppressive protocols of slavery, Free is an extended meditation on violence, memory, community, love, and forgiveness. The novel’s action takes place between October 1831 and January 1832, faithfully recreating the historical events of that period. By the end of 1831 the edifice of people-ownership is crumbling, both from its internal weaknesses – economic, social, spiritual – and from external threats. The climax of the novel is the Christmas Rebellion, or Baptist War of 1831, which began as a sit-down strike on a few plantations in western Jamaica on the day after Boxing Day, and quickly became a violent rebellion in many parts of the island. It was the largest and most violent slave rebellion in the British Caribbean, and was savagely put down by the Jamaican militias, to the disgust even of slavery’s supporters in England. Free explores the intricacies of the relationships among slaves, masters and others, all of whom together constitute the single organism that is a slave society.

Martin Mordecai is a Jamaican writer and photographer, now living in Canada. He is the author of the young-adult novel Blue Mountain Trouble and co-author (with Pamela Mordecai) of Culture and Customs of Jamaica.

Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Dramatis Personae
  • Prologue
  • 1. Jason: Aboard the Eagle, Friday, October 28
  • 2. Narrative: Miss Abigail Walker,Friday, October 28
  • 3. Adebeh: Arrival, Friday, October 28
  • 4. Jason: Homecoming, Friday, October 28
  • 5. Elorine: Kekeré Bábà, Friday, October 28
  • 6. Jason: The Gazebo, Friday, October 28
  • 7. Adebeh: Bigi Pripri, Friday, October 28
  • 8. Jason: Letter to Carla (1), Saturday, October 29
  • 9. Narrative: Prayers and Whispers,Saturday, October 29
  • 10. Jason: Butterfly Spirits, Sunday, October 30
  • 11. Adebeh: Sunday, October 30
  • 12. Elorine: Mule, Sunday, October 30
  • 13. Jason: McKinley’s, Monday, October 31
  • 14. Elorine: Jason, Monday, October 31
  • 15. Narrative: Politics, Monday, October 31
  • 16. Jason: Blood Tree, Wednesday, November 2
  • 17. Adebeh: Wandering, Wednesday, November 2
  • 18. Elorine: Jason Come Back, Thursday, November 3
  • 19. Jason: Droit du Seigneur, Thursday, November 3
  • 20. Jason: The Will, Friday, November 4
  • 21. Elorine: Jason’s Problem, Friday, December 4
  • 22. Jason: New Maasa, Saturday, November 5
  • 23. Elorine: Prayers, Sunday, November 6
  • 24. Adebeh: Yenkunkun, Sunday, November 6
  • 25. Jason: Into the Field, Thursday, November 10
  • 26. Narrative: In Bellefields, Saturday, November 12
  • 27. Jason: Evasions—Victoria–Miranda,Sunday, November 13
  • 28. Adebeh: In Town, Monday, November 14
  • 29. Narrative: Adam, Monday, November 21
  • 30. Jason: Entertainments, Monday, November 14
  • 31. Elorine: Into the Bush, Monday, November 14
  • 32. Jason: Dinner Party, Wednesday, November 16
  • 33. Narrative: Stories, Wednesday, November 16
  • 34. Elorine: Too Late, Wednesday, November 16
  • 35. Jason: Taking the Reins, Friday, November 18
  • 36. Elorine: Going Back, Friday, November 18
  • 37. Adebeh: The Search Begins,Saturday, November 19
  • 38. Elorine: Reporting, Saturday, November 19
  • 39. Narrative: Sunday School, Sunday, November 20
  • 40. Jason: Hector and Tombo and Pompey,Monday, November 21
  • 41. Narrative: Maasa God Requireth
  • 42. Adebeh: First Scent, Wednesday, November 23
  • 43. Jason: The New Order, Thursday, November 24
  • 44. Jason: Wyckham, Friday, November 2
  • 45. Narrative: Called to Order,Saturday, November 26
  • 46. Jason: Letter to Carla (2), Sunday, November 27
  • 47. Narrative: Alone, Sunday, November 27
  • 48. Jason: Zubia Returns, Monday, November 28
  • 49. Elorine: Missing Adam, Monday,November 28
  • 50. Adebeh: One-Eye Sarah (Delphis),Monday, November 28
  • 51. Jason: Knob Hill, Tuesday, November 29
  • 52. Adebeh: Trelawny, Wednesday, November 30
  • 53. Jason: Arresting Tombo, Thursday, December 1
  • 54. Adebeh: Climbing to Sister, Thursday, December 1
  • 55. Jason: Fallen, Friday, December 2
  • 56. Elorine: Ishmael Arrested, Friday, December 2
  • 57. Jason: Visiting Prison, Friday, December 2
  • 58. Elorine: Hope in the Lord, Friday, December 2
  • 59. Narrative: Sister, Saturday, December 3
  • 60. Narrative: Decisions, Saturday, December 3
  • 61. Jason: Letter to Carla (3), Sunday, December 4
  • 62. Adebeh: Amarylis, Sunday, December 4
  • Jason: A New Overseer, Monday, December 5
  • 64. Elorine: Pitchy-Patchy, Monday, December 5
  • 65. Jason: Up So, Tuesday, December 6
  • 66. Elorine: Palampam, Wednesday, December 7
  • 67. Jason: Alarums and Premonitions,Wednesday, December 7
  • 68. Elorine: Muster Day, Wednesday, December 7
  • 69. Jason: Memba, Thursday, December 8
  • 70. Elorine: Fire fe Fire, Thursday, December 8
  • 71. Jason: The Hanging of Tombo,Thursday, December 8
  • 72. Elorine: Frighten for Zion, Friday, December 9
  • 73. Adebeh: With Sister, Saturday, December 10
  • 74. Jason: Letter to Carla (4), Sunday, December 11
  • 75. Narrative: Cornelius Douglas,Tuesday, December 13
  • 76. Jason: The First Crack, Wednesday, December 14
  • 77. Elorine: Maasa Indeed, Wednesday, December 15
  • 78. Elorine: Johncrow, Thursday, December 15
  • 79. Narrative: Cries in the Night,Thursday, December 15
  • 80. Adebeh: Setting Out, Thursday, December 15
  • 81. Elorine: Missus Justice, Friday, December 16
  • 82. Adebeh: Captive, Saturday, December 17
  • 83. Jason: Letter to Reverend Swithenbank,Sunday, December 18
  • 84. Elorine: Teo’s Preachment, Sunday, December 18
  • 85. Adebeh: Pain, Sunday, December 18
  • 86. Jason: Diseased, Monday, December 19
  • 87. Elorine: Closed for the Day, Tuesday, December 20
  • 88. Jason: Ishmael’s Trial, Tuesday, December 20
  • 89. Elorine: Licence, Tuesday, December 20
  • 90. Narrative: (Ishmael), Tuesday, December 20
  • 91. Jason: The Colour of God, Tuesday, December 20
  • 92. Adebeh: Belvedere, Wednesday, December 21
  • 93. Elorine: Mawga Dawg, Wednesday, December 21
  • 94. Jason: Letters, Thursday, December 22
  • 95. Elorine: Nakedness, Thursday, December 22
  • 96. Jason: Warnings, Thursday, December 22
  • 97. Elorine: It Shall Be Well, Thursday, December 22
  • 98. Adebeh: Billy, Thursday, December 22
  • 99. Jason: Preparations, Friday, December 23
  • 100. Adebeh: Barbeque, Friday, December 23
  • 101. Jason: Miranda, Friday, December 23
  • 102. Elorine: Christmas Market,Saturday, December 24
  • 103. Jason: A Wild Idea, Saturday, December 24
  • 104. Adebeh: Enough, Sunday, December 25
  • 105. Narrative: Christmas Morning (1), Sunday, December 25
  • 106. Narrative: Christmas Morning (2),Sunday, December 25
  • 107. Jason: Duppies, Sunday, December 25
  • 108. Adebeh: Escape, Sunday, December 25
  • 109. Elorine: Birth, Monday, December 26
  • 110. Narrative: Tenky, Monday, December 26
  • 111. Adebeh: Darkness, Monday, December 26
  • 112. Jason: Is Christmas, Tuesday, December 27
  • 113. Adebeh: New World, Tuesday, December 27
  • 114. Narrative: Siddown, Wednesday, December 28
  • 115. Jason: Doing Something, Wednesday,December 28
  • 116. Elorine: Navel Tree, Wednesday, December 28
  • 117. Adebeh: On the Edge, Wednesday, December 28
  • 118. Narrative: Soldier, Wednesday, December 28
  • 119. Adebeh: Decision, Wednesday, December 28
  • 120. Jason: Rebel, Wednesday, December 28
  • 121. Narrative: A Reckoning, Wednesday, December 28
  • 122. Elorine: Born fe Dead, Wednesday, December 28
  • 123. Jason: Talking to, Thursday, December 29
  • 124. Narrative: Whip, Wednesday, December 28
  • 125. Elorine: Prayers, Wednesday, December 28
  • 126. Narrative: Black Regiment,Thursday, December 29
  • 127. Adebeh: Waiting, Thursday, December 29
  • 128. Elorine: Distant Drums, Thursday, December 29
  • 129. Narrative: Montpelier, Thursday, December 29
  • 130. Elorine: More Prayers, Thursday, December 29
  • 131. Adebeh: Through the Night,Friday, December 30
  • 132. Jason: Mercy and Revenge, Friday, December 30
  • 133. Elorine: Old Story, Friday, December 30
  • 134. Adebeh: Sister! Friday, December 30
  • 135. Elorine: Rachel Weeping, Friday, December 30
  • Acknowledgements
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