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Chasing the North Star: A Novel

by Robert Morgan

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Jonah is a slave who picks up the ability to read by watching the masters children attend lessons. When his owners wife catches him with a book and learns he can read she makes him keep it a secret and gives him the opportunity to further his reading ability. ultimately Jonah escapes and uses his knowledge to help him on his journey. Along the way he meets Angel who is inspired by him to also run away. The two will continue to cross paths despite Jonahs best attempts to rid him self of Angel. This was interesting account of two slaves journey north. ( )
  reb922 | May 22, 2017 |
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Good story of escaped slaves on the run from South Carolina for their freedom. Jonah and Angel are survivors who travel together off and on over several months, dodging danger and surviving horrific circumstances. Their adventures ultimately lead them to the freedom all human beings deserve. It was difficult to read about the abuse they suffered, such a dark time for our country. Robert Morgans style of writing is interesting and engaging, it's not bare bones but the words he strings together are just the right amount to convey what needs to be said. Recommended. ( )
  erinclark | May 19, 2017 |
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Chasing the North Star is a novel about 2 runaway slaves. The high rating (4 stars) is given due to Robert Morgan's strong prose and vivid descriptions, which is what I would expect from the writer of Gap Creek. The story flowed smoothly as Jonah and Angel slowly made their way North, although the way that their paths kept crossing was just a little too neat for my liking. Still, the struggle of slaves searching for freedom, combined with Morgan's good, solid writing style, made for an enjoyable read. ( )
  JGoto | May 9, 2017 |
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Robert Morgan has written a page-turning story about two runaway slaves who are determined to find a better life. Jonah and Angel are believable characters that readers can empathize with. At times, I felt upset over their situation, a sign of a well-written book ... that, and the fact that I stayed up way too late many nights because I couldn't put the book down. I also enjoyed the way that Mr. Morgan made Ithaca, NY a positive character in the story. This story is set during the antebellum period in the US, but it could easily relate to other persecuted groups who are seeking a better life. ( )
  meacoleman | May 8, 2017 |
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I enjoyed this book, and read it large gulps, at least until the end. For the most part, it read like a thriller.

I found myself wondering what was happening with the character when I was not reading. But yet except for the chase, not much too the story.

So why only 3 stars?

First, there was nothing compelling about the relationship between the 2 main characters. Angel was not particularly likable. There wasn't much depth to her. We're told she's being treated well but "doesn't want to be a white man's toy" --a realistic reason for a slave to take on the rigors of escape? There is also emphasis put on her being a large, fat girl, which seems to have very little to do with the story.

Jonah abandons Angel on 4 different occasions, but despite this she chases him and they eventually end up married. So she doesn't want to be a toy, but does want a man who has walked away from her repeatedly? Again why?

And then there's the vignette about Jonah being locked in a root cellar in Pennsylvania only to have the mother of the man who's imprisoned him tell her son to let him go - which the son immediately does. Another why

And when Jonah finally gets to Ithaca, he meets a man who is kind to him and who miraculously has a printing press in his basement where he creates a receipt for Joshua saying that he was now free. Jonah doesn't question this. Some one who treats him so well, risking breaking the law to do so, after all this hardship gets barely a passing mention. (Not to mention, how does a minister who works in a mill during the week afford to have a printing press in his basement in the first place

So, to sum up, a wonderfully detailed chase that leads to nothing. Disappointing. ( )
  sdunford | May 8, 2017 |
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