The “magnificent” Pulitzer Prize–winning and #1 New York Times–bestselling novel about the preacher who led America’s bloodiest slave revolt (The New York Times).
The Confessions of Nat Turner is William Styron’s complex and richly drawn imagining of Nat Turner, the leader of the 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia that led to the deaths of almost sixty men, women, and children. Published at the height of the civil rights movement, the novel draws upon the historical Nat Turner’s confession to his attorney, made as he awaited execution in a Virginia jail. This powerful narrative, steeped in the brutal and tragic history of American slavery, reveals a Turner who is neither a hero nor a demon, but rather a man driven to exact vengeance for the centuries of injustice inflicted upon his people.
Nat Turner is a galvanizing portrayal of the crushing institution of slavery, and Styron’s deeply layered characterization is a stunning rendering of one man’s violent struggle against oppression. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.
Confession of Nat Turner
Interesting read. Much license taken by the author as he states in his post script. In fact, his post script is quite interesting in itself when you realize how much distress the criticism of his work most likely caused him. How he portrays the utter futility of the slave brought to mind Sinclair Lewis novel The Jungle where the people stuck in a burdensome life were not able or allowed to extricate themselves. Man can be a cruel creature.
Confessions of Nat Turner
I was very disappointed in this book. I expected it to be historically accurate but ended up reading a fictionalized story about a perverted madman. Are the twisted sexual fantasies really necessary? Much of the book was opinion and the author's fantasy. I was quite offended by the sexual perversion that the author made up for the book. I think this book was a waste of my money.