Need to make a literary sub category based on sexual orientationThe novel is set in an alternate universe which technically makes the book science fiction but it reads like SF only in the Orwellian sense The author would have been wiser to choose like Orwell a near future milieu As it stands the Earth like setting plays such a minor role in the novel that it is essentially irrelevant What matters is that one despised nation among all the others allows slaverySome people become slaves in much the same way as debtors once landed in prison in Victorian England Fail to pay and ou forfeit our freedom Others are sold into slavery by those who have the right to make that decision much like the African chiefs who once sold unpopular or unwanted tribe members to passing Arab slavers Illegal and controversial raids on neighbouring countries garner a few The novel explores the fate of Cor one such captured slave His name is actually much longer but slaves may not have impressive sounding identifiersAs someone entitled to a normal life in his own land Cor bitterly resents his status as a slave He resists The highly ritualized system reuires that like Winston Smith in 1984 he be made compliant A large portion of the novel
deals with Cor s prolonged and painful indoctrination process which does resemble the horrors of with Cor s prolonged and painful indoctrination process which does resemble the horrors of Cor has no way to escape so in some way he must come to terms with his situation How he does this is uite startling et makes perfect sense within the logic of his hopeless position His owner is not especially keen on slavery but an hereditary estate and his role as an elected official reuire him to take part in the unsavoury system The complex relationship between Cor and his master makes up the other major aspect of the novelMcClellan s approach to the searing moral issues implicit in slavery is both insightful and horrific Cor s absolute vulnerability to exploitation of every kind including the sexual is appalling and illustrated with some brutal emotionally wrenching scenes Yet this is not a novel of sadomasochism nor is it homosexual erotica We are looking at issues faced today by anyone victimized by human trafficking Here lies some of the novel s relevance as a literary work *IT MANAGES TO ILLUMINATE THE OLD *manages to illuminate the old evils of plantation slavery in the American South and elsewhere in the New World and the new evils of human trafficking in the present day At the same time it explores the kinds of intricate caring relationships that can emerge even under such inauspicious circumstancesIf The National Parks you relish a thought provoking read that will openour eyes to aspects of life ou may not be familiar with Hidden Boundaries is highly recommended An interesting story that delves into the mindset of a slave as well as the dynamic between a slave and master who both struggle with their individual rolesTold through Cor s point of view the story details his kidnapping from his homeland his new life as a slave and his struggles from defiance to acceptance of his servitude and ultimately love for his master A thoughtful book that often made me ache for the charactersDefinitely recommended. Fiant man also spoke to his own painful past Cor can’t understand his generous but strangely contradictory master Alcot can’t find a way to help Cor adapt to the loss of his freedom Bound together by law and custom they must work through the pain that each of them brings to the othe. .
Adictory The personal boundaries are tested and the result is something that neither can ignore This was pretty easy going as slave stories go It spans than 5
YEARS COR IS THE SLAVE WHOCor is the slave who kidnapped from another country Alcot is the master who buys Cor because he wants to save him even though he is against slavery he complies with the laws The story centers around each of them accepting things as they are as their feelings for each other grow This was a nice change of pace Very good and heartbreaking but it was not easy to read Cor is a wonderful character and I cared for him from the moment I saw him and that made all that he endured so hard to read it was painful to see him in trapped in that situation he had so many breaking points but he does manage to keep going Alcot was infuriating though I couldn t get a handle on him until the end but I suppose it makes sense since Cor is also so incredibly confused by him but I did believe he loved him for a long time This book was not what I was expecting I thought is was going to be the usual story about a nice master trying to save his slave and instead it was very much the story of Cor his strength and his survival and how absolutely revolting slavery is A wonderful surprise Cor is attacked and kidnapped from his own country Trusland and wakes to find that he is no longer a free man but is now a slave in a neighboring country Carhagan where he has no right of repeal Sold to an aristocrat Alcot who has his own issues with slavery Cor has difficulties accepting his fateOver the course of the novel Cor is forced to learn sometimes the hard way non explicitly though the reality of his new life but also about the symbiotic relationship between a master and a slave Alcot through his dealings with Cor also learns things about himself as he is forced to look at slavery with an outsider s eye Slowly the feelings they have for the other finally surface but only after much confusion pain and personal growth and only near the very end leaving the reader with a HFN ending and the hope of an HEA This is epic spans than 5 ears long hard to put down even though it is uite tame The MCs are Cor and Alcot slave and master Alcot buys Cor because he wants to save him and the whole story is about Cor s long journey to acceptance of his slavery It s really kind of Zen He ends up with Alcot at the end but I think that even takes a backseat to Cor s interior processes I was kind of expecting it to be sizzlingly hot shame on me but there are no graphic descriptions of sex *even though it does occur With its homosexual relationships and dominant slavery theme this powerful well *though it does occur With its homosexual relationships and dominant slavery theme this powerful well novel seems a challenging read for those of us who are in the mainstream Yet George Orwell s 1984 hardly slots into the norm and we have no trouble reading about Winston Smith s brutal torments at the hands of the virtual slave state known as Big Brother Most Goodreads members who have read Hidden Boundaries classify the novel as MM male on male Romance but that trivializes a work that may best be described as homosexual literature The uestion remains as to whether we really. D each other is marked by conflict misunderstandings and reconciliationsCor once on the path to marriage and eventual inheritance of his father’s business is now the property of a wealthy landowner and politician Alcot needed a secretary but something about the newly enslaved still de.