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Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl (2002)

by Kate McCafferty

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Tedious, monotonous and to me, unbelievable. I knkow it's fiction, but it's not fantasy. I think it should be somewhat believable.
A man is hired by the Governor of Barbados to write the story of the Irish Slave girl.
Would someone actually spend four days writing the life story of this Irish Slave about how and why she came to be transporting guns?
At the time the book takes place I didn't think so. In America the abolitionists took the time to record the stories of the slaves. But they were working for a cause. This Governor of Barbados and the interviewer seems to have such disdain for the Irish Slave it just didn't work for me.
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  VhartPowers | Dec 27, 2018 |
After her arrest for aiding a slave insurrection on Barbados, middle aged Cot Daley is subjected to a lengthy interrogation. She agrees to provide information on the rebellious slaves only if she is allowed to tell her story in her own way. Beginning with her Irish childhood, Cot tells of her kidnapping and transport to Barbados, her sale as an indentured servant, the many extensions to her years of indenture that gave her no hope of freedom until she reached middle age, and her marriage to an African slave, a Coromantee Muslim.

The book is essentially a long monologue only occasionally broken by the thoughts and actions of the interrogator, Peter Coote. By the end of the book, my sympathies were with Coote. I just wanted her to get to the end of her story. Cot didn't have the charisma to carry off such a long tale. I think I would have liked this better as a movie, since in a movie other characters would get to speak for themselves instead of through Cot. ( )
  cbl_tn | Mar 15, 2014 |
I read this book a long time ago. I don't remember the dates or that much about the plot, but I recall that I liked it. I'll give it a 3 for now. If I reread it, I may change my mind. ( )
  Cherietta | Jul 13, 2011 |
Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl is a fictitious account of the common 16th century practice of kidnapping Irish people to work as slaves on Caribbean plantations. Cot is captured, shipped and sold into slavery at about age 10; she lives among other Irish and African slaves, working sunup to sundown in sugar cane fields, often cold, always hungry, and never properly clothed. When she reaches sexual maturity, Cot is used as a breeder to increase her owner's holdings, but her children die or are taken from her and sold. She tells her story to an indifferent marshal at the end of her life - he listens in hopes of extracting information about slave revolts brought about with collaboration between Irish and African plantation workers. The story feels bleak and hopeless - separated from family and country, Cot is unloved, uncared for and virtually unnoticed all her life. ( )
  June6Bug | Sep 6, 2010 |
The indentured Irish servants, a subject of which I had not read anything previously. It was a very short book and not terribly fascinating. I was also distressed that the Irish character referred to certain individuals as pickininies. Enough said.
  BookAddict | Apr 1, 2006 |
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McCafferty's searing first novel explores a little-known episode of seventeenth-century history when colonial England forced thousands of Irish to labor in the sugarcane fields of Barbados. McCafferty delves into this rich historical terrain through the eyes and voice and memory of Cot Daley, kidnapped by the English when she was ten and shipped to the West Indies. Cot's testimony to Peter Coote, the ambitious apothecary sent to discover why Irish servants joined forces with African slaves to rebel against their English masters, takes the form of a rambling narrative, filled with digressions and self-reflections. Still defiant even though she has just been flogged, Cot insists on telling the facts of the uprising her way, and her way turns out to be not so much an unraveling of the plot to revbel as moving and wide-ranging personal history
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Kidnapped from Galway, Ireland, as a young girl, shipped to Barbados, and forced to work the land alongside African slaves, Cot Daley's life has been shaped by injustice. In this stunning debut novel, Kate McCafferty re-creates, through Cot's story, the history of the more than fifty thousand Irish who were sold as indentured servants to Caribbean plantation owners during the seventeenth century. As Cot tells her story-the brutal journey to Barbados, the harrowing years of fieldwork on the sugarcane plantations, her marriage to an African slave and rebel leader, and the fate of her children—her testimony reveals an exceptional woman's astonishing life.

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A novel set in seventeenth-century Barbados follows Cot Daley, kidnapped from Ireland and sold into indentured servitude, as she relates her account of a failed slave rebellion to Peter Coote, a disillusioned British doctor.

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