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Book Of Negroes

by Lawrence Hill

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | October 7, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Book Of Negroes is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.

Abducted as an 11-year-old child from her village in West Africa and forced to walk for months to the sea in a coffle-a string of slaves- Aminata Diallo is sent to live as a slave in South Carolina. But years later, she forges her way to freedom, serving the British in the Revolutionary War and registering her name in the historic "Book of Negroes." This book, an actual document, provides a short but immensely revealing record of freed Loyalist slaves who requested permission to leave the US for resettlement in Nova Scotia, only to find that the haven they sought was steeped in an oppression all of its own.

Aminata''s eventual return to Sierra Leone-passing ships carrying thousands of slaves bound for America-is an engrossing account of an obscure but important chapter in history that saw 1,200 former slaves embark on a harrowing back-to-Africa odyssey. Lawrence Hill is a master at transforming the neglected corners of history into brilliant imaginings, as engaging and revealing as only the best historical fiction can be. A sweeping story that transports the reader from a tribal African village to a plantation in the southern United States, from the teeming Halifax docks to the manor houses of London, The Book of Negroes introduces one of the strongest female characters in recent Canadian fiction, one who cuts a swath through a world hostile to her colour and her sex.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 512 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.33 in

Published: October 7, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 144340909X

ISBN - 13: 9781443409094

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Book of Negroes Great book! Very interesting, heartbreaking, beautiful and complex read. I would recommend to any history buff or someone who is interested to learn about atrocities of the past. While this book covers a very dark time in history, there is a sense of hope. Well written, though I sometimes found my comprehension to be lower than is usual for me. I also found it to be a little bit longer than it needed to be, which could relate to the reduced comprehension... Overall a great read!
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Your delivery was very fast and the book is excellent. Thank you.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Books I have ever read and found it very difficult to put the book down! This story takes us from Africa, enslaving thousands of Negroes and taking them to different parts of the world. It focuses on an 11 year old girl and tells her story of slavery and how hard she fought to make changes, not only in her life, but many other Negro Lives. This book will Make you feel every emotion you could ever possibly feel. It draws the reader into the story and does not allow them to leave. It takes you on a journey of Slavery, from the very beginning of being captured, and causes you consider the forms of Slavery we utilize in this time of life. So many people do not truly realize there are slaves at this time in history ... They just follow, blindly by those who entrap them into this form of life. I would encourage people to read this Book and know they have come from this life. And still we enslave people in various vague manners, without anyone really knowing. A Fabulous Book that will leave you with heart-wrenching memories.
Date published: 2013-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Historical Novel The character development of the heroine Aminata and the references to real historical events draw the reader in by plunking this strong female character among the events of the slave trade. This novel by a Canadian writer is a must read.
Date published: 2012-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book relit the fire i had for reading
Date published: 2012-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great story - recounts the experience of slaves This is the story of a slave who was kidnapped from a comfortable life in Africa, and brutally brought to America. I think it describes very well the experience of a slave who was happy and comfortable in her village, living with her parents. And then her life was altered in a profound way. She describes her feeling of disconnectedness from her new world, and then upon return - she could not establish that connectedness with her old world again. I enjoyed the book a great deal. However, I always wonder about male authors writing as a female protagonist. I just think that the main character, Aminata Diallo, was portrayed as an incredibly strong female, who managed to maintain her self-respect despite all the difficult experiences that she had during her many years. I think however, that she kept referring to herself repeatedly as highly intelligent, and beautiful, which doesn`t seem realistic to me - hence I wonder whether a female author would have this tendency - to constantly remind the readers of these points. Aside from that, different to many other reviewers, I found that the book dragged a bit for me, but nevertheless, I thought of it as very good, and liked it. But I didn`t give it more than 3 leaves, because I have read better, more rivetting and less self-stroking books. But I would recommend it, and I know my daughters both enjoyed it more than I did.
Date published: 2011-11-28

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Book Of Negroes

by Lawrence Hill

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 512 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.33 in

Published: October 7, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 144340909X

ISBN - 13: 9781443409094

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Abducted as an 11-year-old child from her village in West Africa and forced to walk for months to the sea in a coffle-a string of slaves- Aminata Diallo is sent to live as a slave in South Carolina. But years later, she forges her way to freedom, serving the British in the Revolutionary War and registering her name in the historic "Book of Negroes." This book, an actual document, provides a short but immensely revealing record of freed Loyalist slaves who requested permission to leave the US for resettlement in Nova Scotia, only to find that the haven they sought was steeped in an oppression all of its own.

Aminata''s eventual return to Sierra Leone-passing ships carrying thousands of slaves bound for America-is an engrossing account of an obscure but important chapter in history that saw 1,200 former slaves embark on a harrowing back-to-Africa odyssey. Lawrence Hill is a master at transforming the neglected corners of history into brilliant imaginings, as engaging and revealing as only the best historical fiction can be. A sweeping story that transports the reader from a tribal African village to a plantation in the southern United States, from the teeming Halifax docks to the manor houses of London, The Book of Negroes introduces one of the strongest female characters in recent Canadian fiction, one who cuts a swath through a world hostile to her colour and her sex.