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The Book Of Negroes (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Lawrence Hill

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Title:The Book Of Negroes
Authors:Lawrence Hill
Info:HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 384 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:canada reads, writer's trust prize

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Someone Knows My Name: A Novel 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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    susanbooks: Pybus offers a brilliant nonfiction account of the events in Hill's novel, as well as extending the story to penal colonies in Australia.
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Aminata Diallo will stay in my heart for a very long time! ( )
  LiteraryChanteuse | Jan 27, 2016 |
A real pageturner, wonderfully written and told with great dignity and passion. While the story is obviously about slavery and abolition, for me it was also about identity and belonging. A must-read. ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
This historical fiction account was based on an actual document called The Book of Negroes which listed Black Loyalists who were relocated in Canada after the Revolution. It focuses on a young African girl enslaved in Africa and sold in South Carolina who is taken to New York, freed in Canada, returns to Africa and fights for the abolition movement in London. It is one of the most graphic, brutal portrayals I've read of the African capture and slave ship crossing. ( )
  nljacobs | Jan 19, 2016 |
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 | Jan 17, 2016 |
A beautifully written novel, Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes follows the life of Aminato Diallo, who was captured by slavers as a young girl and forced from her home and family. The novel takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from a small African village to: the slave coast of Africa; the perils of life aboard a slave ship crossing the Atlantic; an indigo plantation in South Carolina; the streets of 18th century New York City; life in frontier Nova Scotia; back to Africa and the colony of Sierra Leone; and, finally, to England.

Hill has created a most memorable heroine in Aminato Diallo, and his prose evokes a very strong sense of time and place. This is a novel that reminds me of why I love the historical fiction genre so much, and one I won't soon forget. Highly recommended! ( )
  Melissa_J | Jan 16, 2016 |
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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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Epigraph
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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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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Dreaming of escaping her life of slavery in South Carolina and returning to her African home, slave Aminata Diallo is thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War, during which she helps create a list of black people who have been honored for their service to the king.… (more)

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