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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
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:canada reads, writer's trust prize

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Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill (2007)

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    A mercy by Toni Morrison (tangentialine)
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    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Bcteagirl)
    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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    A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (LDVoorberg)
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    Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty by Cassandra Pybus (susanbooks)
    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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    Slave by Mende Nazer (_Lana_)
    _Lana_: If you enjoyed reading about slavery in a historical setting you might be interested in a true-tale of slavery’s modern form. Both books also have strong female protagonists.
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    The Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa the African by Olaudah Equiano (tangentialine)
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    The Classic Slave Narratives by Henry Louis Jr Gates (Cecilturtle)
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    The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (vancouverdeb)
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Beautiful story of a girl abducted from Africa as a slave and her subsequent life over six decades.
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  Kirstie_Innes-Will | Apr 18, 2014 |
Wow! A gripping, moving, historical novel that I simply couldn't stop listening to. The narrator was superb and the story was spellbinding--highly recommended! ( )
  obedah | Mar 26, 2014 |
Other reviewers here have said much of what I might say. Suffice to add that my main tag for this book would be "resilience". Over and over and over again the protagonist pulls herself up after being beaten down: throughout her life, she persists. A heart-wrenching and poignant story. ( )
  MargaretYatsevitch | Feb 12, 2014 |
"Stunning, wrenching and inspiring!!!! Astonishing in scope, humanity and beauty, this is one of those very rare novels in which the deep joy of reading transcends its time and place and lets readers experience a life, one footstep at a time, beside an unforgettable protagonist." this quote summed it up perfectly. my library book club loved it!!!!!! ( )
  amanaceerdh | Jan 21, 2014 |
It takes a skillful author to succeed combining historical and personal events, and show the reader these things which happened so long ago by letting him have before him the situations that feel acutely alive. Hill managed really well, and offered a story of a woman who spent her life in most unlikely places, who still remains plausible. Excellent work. ( )
  flydodofly | Dec 29, 2013 |
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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), 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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