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The Book Of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
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The Book Of Negroes (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Lawrence Hill (Author)

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A sweeping story that introduces one of the strongest female characters in recent fiction. Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom--and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War ... In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for "adventurers" to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public. This captivating story of one woman's remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history.… (more)
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Title:The Book Of Negroes
Authors:Lawrence Hill (Author)
Info:HarperCollins Publishers (2007), Edition: Reprint, 512 pages
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The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill (2007)

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    Bcteagirl: The book has a similar familial tone and is also told from the point of view of young girls growing up in a difficult situation. I had been looking for a book with a similar writing style and was happy to find this one. If you liked The Book of Negroes I recommend The Poisonwood Bible and vice versa.… (more)
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Beautifully written historical novel about Aminata Diallo, who as a child was kidnapped from her home in Mali by slave traders. I have kind of a thing about male authors writing woman narrators, but Hill does a good job with Aminata's voice. This novel helps make the nonfiction I've been reading more vibrant and real to me. Hill does a particularly good job capturing the feel of the many locations in the novel. Some of the events felt a little too coincidental, but maybe the world was a smaller place in the 19th century. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Sep 5, 2020 |
This book was engaging from the very beginning and I could not put it down. The character development, descriptions and plot were all extraordinary and although long it was well-paced. It is impossible not be drawn in by the main character and narrator, Aminata. ( )
  baruthcook | Aug 26, 2020 |
Aminata Diallo is only eleven years old when she sees her parents killed as she is being kidnapped by African slave traders. In first person narrative, an elderly Aminata (known as Meena) looks back on five decades of her life while writing her life story.

After her capture, Meena is forced to march across the continent with other captured Africans where she is put on a slave ship to South Carolina. The treatment these people endured was barbarous and many people died on the journey. It's a particularly painful section of the book to read. After a number of years her journey will take her to New York and eventually to Nova Scotia, Canada where she becomes a free woman. Throughout her life her one abiding goal is to return to the village she loved in Africa. Even though tragedy and cruelty are common in her life, Meena's strength of character and ability to make the best of a bad life make this a mesmerizing story.

Although this book is a work of fiction, the amount of research done is exceptional. The author acknowledges that he used real people as the basis for many of the characters in the story. Much of the story is based on historical events including the original title, The Book of Negroes. The Book of Negroes was a ledger in which the names of African-Americans who, because of their service to the British Loyalists during the American Revolution, were given passage to Canada on British ships. This novel deals with several aspects of African-American history that I was unfamiliar with, including the Loyalist slaves and the establishment of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The book also focuses on the horrors of slavery that took place while captives were still in Africa.

This was an amazing story and I cannot recommend it highly enough.


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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
Amazing. Felt like a biography, not fiction. ( )
  Linyarai | Feb 16, 2020 |
Couldn't be bothered to read more than 50 pages. The writing is mediocre, the effect overdone ("firestick", etc) and tedious despite what would otherwise be important subject matter and an interesting story. ( )
  reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
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With mature themes (e.g., a rape scene on the ship, descriptive killings, and sexual situations), this book is suited for older teens. Hill clearly researched multiple and sources to provide an accurate acount of Aminata's heroic journey and brings to life crucial world history. Teens who enjoyed Sharon Draper's Copper Sun will appreciate this page-turning novel.
added by Christa_Josh | editSchool Library Journal, Gregory Lum (Mar 1, 2008)
 
An unforgettable epic, seen through the eyes of a sharply realized, indomitable heroine.
added by Christa_Josh | editBooklist, Sarah Johnson (Oct 15, 2007)
 
Unfortunately, [Hill's] didactic purpose gets the upper hand and overwhelms the story. Aminata is simply too noble to be believable, and other major characters are mainly symbolic. Nevertheless, Hill's fascinating source material makes this a good choice for book clubs and discussion groups.
added by Christa_Josh | editLibrary Journal, Edward St. John (Oct 1, 2007)
 
In depicting a woman who survives history's most trying conditions through force of intelligence and personality, Hill's book is a harrowing, breathtaking tour de force.
added by Christa_Josh | editPublishers Weekly (Sep 3, 2007)
 
Livet som slave: Velbalansert historisk fiksjon om slavehandelen og ondskapens banalitet
added by annek49 | editDagbladet, Cathrine Krøger (Jun 29, 2006)
 

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Howard, RobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sakulensky, LisaAuthor Photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore choose life.

--Deuteronomy 30:19
So geographers, in Afric-maps,

With savage-pictures fill their gaps;
And o'er unhabitable downs
Place elephants for want of towns.
--Jonathan Swift
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For my daughter, and kindred spirit, Genevieve Aminata
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I seem to have trouble dying.
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The Book of Negroes (2007) was published as Someone Knows My Name in the U.S.A, Australia, and New Zealand.
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A sweeping story that introduces one of the strongest female characters in recent fiction. Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom--and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War ... In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for "adventurers" to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public. This captivating story of one woman's remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history.

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Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom—and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for "adventurers" to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public. This captivating story of one woman's remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history.
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