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My Jim

by Nancy Rawles

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    sungene: about the wife left behind by Jim, Huck Finn's companion.
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The book was well writen, and I would recommend the book to anyone who is interested in learning about the history of slavery. I think this is a book that could be used in a U.S. History class. ( )
  scottpalmo | Oct 3, 2008 |
Inspired by the controversial character of Jim in Twain's Huck Finn, Nancy Rawles tells the back story about Jim's family and his wife, Sadie, a healer and a mother--and a slave. Sadie describes her enduring love with Jim to her granddaughter, who isn't sure she wants to be married at 16. She tells of a life filled with the brutality and pain, the horror of being a slave and birthing children who are commodities to the master. Written in colloquial dialect, the story feels authentic and heavily researched, and is tied together with iconic elements of hat, pipe, tooth, knife, etc., like the quilt Sadie makes with her granddaughter as she tells this terrible history. (This method recalls Alice Mattison's IN CASE WE"RE SEPARATED, which is loosely constructed around iconic objects based on the poetic form of a double sestina: including a knife, map, a hat? I can't remember the others.) It's a gritty slave narrative, not easy to take, and sometimes is too persistently brutal to continue reading. It remains Sadie's story, though, and we do learn much more about Jim and his background than Twain allowed, yet he remains as elusive a character as before, lacking the same kind of solidity we come to know Sadie in heart, spirit and flesh.
  sungene | Aug 20, 2008 |
Wonderful telling of a possible "back-story" for the character of Jim in Huckleberry Finn. Touching portrayal of his relationship with his wife. The venacular made the reading slow and deliberate which added to the experience of the story. Wonderful! ( )
  SignoraEdie | May 28, 2008 |
Extreamly powerful book about a black womans fight to survive. Amazingly written. ( )
  spacecat77 | Nov 1, 2007 |
2006 Alex Award Winner.
  smee04 | Oct 21, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 140005401X, Paperback)

To help her granddaughter accept the risks of loving, Sadie Watson mines her memory for the tale of the unquenchable love of her life, Jim. Sadie’s Jim was an ambitious young slave and seer who, when faced with the prospect of being sold, escaped down the Mississippi with a white boy named Huck Finn. Sadie is suddenly left alone, worried about her children, reviled as a witch, punished for Jim’s escape, and convinced her husband is dead. But Sadie’s will and her love for Jim animate her life and see her through.

Told with spare eloquence and mirroring the true stories of countless slave women, My Jim recreates one of the most controversial characters in American literature. A nuanced critique of the great American novel, My Jim is a haunting and inspiring story about freedom, longing, and the remarkable endurance of love.



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(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:49:41 -0400)

In a poignant meditation on love and loss, Sadie, the abandoned wife of the slave Jim from Mark Twain's the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn details her romance with Jim, an ambitious young slave. His decision to run away with a young white boy named Huck Finn, and the bleak repercussions of that decision for her and their children. A deeply moving recasting of one of the most controversial characters in American literature, Huckleberry Finn's Jim, written in the great literary tradition of novels of American slavery. My Jim is told in the incantatory voice of Sadie Watson, an ex-slave who schools her granddaughter with lessons of love she learned in bondage. To help her granddaughter confront the decisions she needs to make, Sadie mines her memory for the tale of the unquenchable love of her life, Jim. Sadie's Jim was an ambitious young slave and seer who, when faced with the prospect of being sold, escaped down the Mississippi with a white boy named Huck. Sadie is suddenly left alone. Worried about her children, convinced her husband is dead, reviled as a witch, and punished for Jim's escape, Sadie's will and her love for Jim, even in absentia, animate her life and see her through. Told with spare eloquence and mirroring the true stories of countless slave women, My Jim recreates one of the most controversial characters in American literature. A nuanced critique of the great American novel, My Jim stands on its own as a haunting and inspiring story about freedom, longing, and the remarkable endurance of love.… (more)

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