The Book Of Negroes: A Novel

Paperback | October 18, 2011

byLawrence Hill

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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.

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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 ...

LAWRENCE HILL is the author of several novels and works of non-fiction, including the nationally bestsellingThe Book of Negroes,Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in CanadaandSome Great Thing. He also co-authored, with Joshua Key,The Deserter’s Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq. Lawrence Hill lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Visit his website atwww.lawrencehill.com...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.33 inPublished:October 18, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Time Favourites So glad I bought this book! Truly happy that he is a Black Canadian Author as well!
Date published: 2016-07-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Way too long! A lot of the information is repetitive and can be very boring at times.
Date published: 2016-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The book of negroes 1 liked the historical aspect of this book. A lot of research was required to give a good rendition of the period
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was ok Actually I was disappointed with this book. Perhaps my expectations were clouded by the many advertisements regarding the CBC series. It was a tragic story of the ignorance of mankind with regard to their treatment of those perceived to be different than themselves.
Date published: 2015-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is absolutely amazing. A must read. It's so sad that these things happened but books like this enlighten us
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sharon B Thought it read a very good read And keep my interest the entire book One that did not want to put down.
Date published: 2015-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This was a very good book. I read it very fast because I couldn't put it down. I fell in love with the characters too.
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is by far number one on my summer reading list. I’m ashamed to say that this amazing book has been sitting untouched on my shelf for a few years now! For some reason I just could not motivate myself to pick it up (and not because it was a massive tome or the language was inaccessible). But this summer it was one of the first books on my reading list and I can’t believe it took me so long to discover it. From the first page I was hooked on Aminata’s story. I could not put it down once I started to read this book. The tale Hill weaves about this amazing character is riveting. The reader travels from Africa to America to Canada back to Africa and finally to London, all through the eyes of Aminata. Hill’s ability to honestly portray the ongoing prejudice and abuse the main character faces is deeply touching. The attention to historic detail and the ways in which the author carefully crafts this story to be as true to history as possible are inspiring. But the real strength of this novel is the character development. The main character is instantly likeable and becomes a real person to the reader by the end of her story. By the time one puts the book down, one can’t help but feel sad to say goodbye to Aminata. This book is by far number one on my summer reading list. If you haven’t discovered it yet, be sure to check it out!
Date published: 2015-08-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The book of Negros I thoughly enoyed the book, it kept my attention all the way to the end. i could not put it down!!:)
Date published: 2015-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps you captivated Well researched book and it keeps you reading to the next chapter. Characters are well defined. The book takes to places that you cannot imagine. Well written book.
Date published: 2015-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Hard to read at times, but important to read, great book.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book of Negroes Excellent read. Enjoyed the book. Thanks.
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book has got to be one of my all time favorites. I have read it twice and will probably read it again soon. I highly recommend it to anyone. It's emotional and inspiring and pulls you in to the story. Its one of those books that you just don't want to end.
Date published: 2015-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book of Negro's Very well written .Although the author has stated this read is fictitious, it is non the less educational and inspirational. Will look for other books written by this author.
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book of negros Thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is one that I will read again and again, and I am sure I will learn something new with each reading
Date published: 2015-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellant read. Wow. What an excellant read of the treatment and hardships That these people went through. Great book.
Date published: 2015-04-06
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 4 out of 5 by from Awesome This was a great book beginning to end, the life of the ancestors of our black citizens , the hardships, the injustice, and pure animalistic way they were treated while still carrying on as normal a family life as possible is well portrayed. I started to watch the series but wanted to read the book first as I find I usually enjoy the written version much more and I wasn't disappointed
Date published: 2015-02-26
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 The Book of Negroes Every person alive should read this book. Athough some charactors are fictional it is evident that it is the real story of so many. This is the most captivating, intense read in a long time
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I enjoyed this story, it had ups and downs and everything in between. Makes me sad to realize that this story is part of our history :'(
Date published: 2015-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book ! Once I started reading, I could not stop. It opened my eyes to a part of Canadian history that I never knew about. I really enjoyed the book and it made me want to read and learn more about black Canadian history.
Date published: 2015-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! such an interesting part of history we don' t often hear about. I had no idea so many slaves were brought to Canada after being in the U.S.A.
Date published: 2015-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book of Negroes Kept you on your toes. Exciting. Well written. Hard to believe that their lives were in so much jeopardy
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping This book was amazing. I was so drawn in I couldn't put it down. Historically educational, and so incredibly emotional. I find myself still thinking about it weeks after I've read it.
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This hurts I've only read the preview and the pain and the tears have started already. Where is our humanity when these and worse atrocities continue still, this very day?
Date published: 2015-01-11
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a wonderful story. This was honestly one of the greatest novels I have read in a long time. I picked it up a year ago and gave up on it after part one but decided to give it another go last weekend. I could not put it down. The characters are so real, the description so vivid. It is heartbreaking and inspiring. Really, really recommend it.
Date published: 2012-04-29
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 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Absolutely loved this book; could not put it down. I have recommended it to many people and they have loved it as well. You won't regret buying this.
Date published: 2012-01-07
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME This has been the best book I have ever read, and I have purchased it for all my best girlfriends and my daughters. Everyone Loved it!!
Date published: 2011-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW The story is just amazing. To think what the slaves had gone through, what they suffered. Aminata is such a strong, and inspiring woman. I cried, I laughed, I loved it. A must read.
Date published: 2011-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speechless An enlightening piece of work which leaves you astounded.
Date published: 2011-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! The Book of Negroes was such an amazing book. It really touched my heart. I felt like I was right beside the character as she experienced everything. I highly recommand this book!
Date published: 2011-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Triumphant! The Book of Negroes is a story about a young girl who is stolen from her village in modern day Guinea, sold into the slave trade, brought across the 'big river' to South Carolina and bought by a man who owns an indigo plantation. It is a story of her quest for freedom and the lives that she touches along the way. Although undeniably sad, The Book of Negroes is a tale that pulls at your heart strings and can show you a side of humanity that is no longer seen today to the same extent. The protagonist of this book, Aminata Diallo, is a strong and smart woman who can't be bothered with fear, and continually prevails in her quest for freedom. This book taught me a lot about the slave trade in the US around the time of the revolutionary war; of the nature of the relationship between owner and slave, the productive capacities of many plantations in the south, the tensions between American 'rebels' and British Loyalists, etc. This book was a unique combination of riveting plot line, character development, and historical facts, those that seem to have slipped into the background of today's rhetoric and attention. I can't recommend this book highly enough, but be prepared for a tough and emotional journey (especially at the beginning).
Date published: 2011-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Wow. At times I felt like I was there...watching this story unfold. Great details! I will definatley follow this Canadian author. This book was an eye opener for me. I felt so devistated for the main character as one aweful event after another happened to this lady. I didn't want it to end. I was a bit disappointed at the end. It could have had a stronger ending.
Date published: 2011-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So much detail, seemed very realistic In the mid-1700s, Aminata is only 11-years old when her parents are murdered and she is kidnapped from her village in Africa. She is forced to walk for months to the ocean where she boards a ship to cross. She arrives in South Carolina, where she is sold to an indigo plantation owner and works there until she is then sold to another man and his wife, where she helps keep their home. After a number of years, "Meena" escapes to New York, and after a time, she finds herself in "The Book of Negroes" - a real list of Negroes who want to escape New York and the rebels for Nova Scotia as British Loyalists. All her life, she has really just wanted to go home, back to her village in Africa. This was very very good, there was so much detail, and it seemed so realistic. The Book of Negroes was a real list - something I had never heard of - and it was interesting (and sad) to read how the mostly former slaves were treated when they arrived in Canada. I waffled for a long time between giving the book 4 or 4.5 stars; unfortunately I lowered it to 4 stars because I was disappointed in the ending, which took away from the book's realism for me.
Date published: 2011-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I really enjoyed this book. I hadn't expected for a book that was so dense to be such a page turner. I found it to be very eloquent and spoke to the true nature of the slave trade that existed over two hundred years ago. The words seemed to melt into my soul like a plate of really good food. I think what was fascinating about the book is that the main character seemed to avoid death, but never seemed to avoid tragedy. An excellent read.
Date published: 2011-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unparalleled Perspective "The Books Of Negroes" draws you in from the first chapters and provides the reader an unparalleled view of the experience of an abducted child, forced into years of slavery, and prevented the freedoms we so often take for granted. If you have never examined the alternative to the freedom you may enjoy- this book will certainly paint for you a picture of humans as a commodity.
Date published: 2011-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Great writing. It was one of those hard to put down books. You always wanted to see what happened next. It made you believe even though it is a work of fiction. A must read for everyone.
Date published: 2011-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I had a hard time getting into this book at the beginning, and I found some parts so sad that it was hard to read, but once I got a bit farther in the book I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2011-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great! form beginning till end its great! you will not be dissapointed! its long but worth it as soon as you start reading you will understand what I mean!
Date published: 2011-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How The Book of Negroes is detrimental to weak minds. “Legitimately produced, and truly inspired, fiction interprets humanity, informs the understanding, and quickens the affections. It reflects ourselves, warns us against prevailing social follies, adds rich specimens to our cabinets of character, dramatizes life for the unimaginative, daguerreotypes (photographs) it for the unobservant, multiplies experience for the isolated or inactive, and cheers ages, retirement and invalidism with an available and harmless solace. “(Henry Tuckerman). Literature provides a multidimensional experience radically different from film or video. The rhetorical language and vocabulary provide a much more definitive understanding of a message, explicitly and implicitly. This quote from Tuckerman connects the many different aspects and senses that evaluate the effectiveness and relevance of a piece of fiction. Literature does not solely create an imaginary world that tells a story created by a person, it relates itself to humanity; it relates itself to the nature of existence; it relates itself to the reality of truth, through fiction. Fiction forges a story with philosophical ideas to cunningly craft themes, motifs and a sense of realism. However, there are minds that are much too weak to comprehend or accept the realism of fiction. There are many events within the novel The Book of Negroes that provide an insight into realism. There is innocence that children posses that allows them to call upon or state something as seen or heard; because their minds resemble an unripe apple, the nature of their derogatory statement tends to be sour for many people. “I remember wondering, within a year or two of taking my first steps, why only men got to drink tea and converse, and why women were always busy. I reasoned that men were weak and needed rest” (Lawrence Hill, 13). There is an understanding that throughout history, men have been dominant over women and the rest of humanity. Men perform the occasional difficult task and claim that their job is done and it is their time to rest, while women continuously toil for many hours at a time completing a large number of deceptively uncomplicated tasks. This not be true for the most part of modern or western society, but that does not falsify the quote or the expressed interpretation of the message – from developing world to developed world where times may not be alike, but at the same time are not dissimilar, this child’s statement posses a truth of humanity through unfiltered eyes. In the essence of raw truth, the existence of man is segregated by ideology – some ideologies more educated, refined and experienced than others. “I am not a white man. I am a Jew, and that is very different. You and I are both outsiders” (Hill, 188). This quote from the book brings a sort of unity between a slave and a Jew when he relates them through their similar differences. Religiously one is persecuted for belief; racially one is persecuted for having life. Jews and Negroes having been enslaved during times of history and they share the implicit bond through bondage. The feeble mind fails to see the connection and says that even though he is Jewish, he is white – a refutable argument as simple as the mind being argued to, could be they are brothers because they are human; their bloodline separated by thousands of years. The nature of existence is defined through various philosophical ideas that provoke thought; the feeble mind shows indifference. The weak minds will continue to incoherently illegitimatise any possible truth to any possible answer because they are afraid to ask the question. Literature with its many strengths is an art form that is able to create impeccable imagery that articulates the true character of a message. “The ship became an extension of our own rotting bodies” (Hill, 94). This metaphor provides a deeper understanding and feeling of imagery that words alone could not effectively describe. Battered upon the rocking sea, the ship would sail for days, weeks, months and years at a time surviving through adversity, destitution and disease. For the frail minds, such depth and perception is detrimental because of the vividly depicted realism. Weak minds must always come to a point where they are forced to stop and contemplate. Like an hour glass, one must show concern and turn the glass over so that time may continue to be observed. Even if a homeless man attends a scholar’s assembly, it only takes one scholar to acknowledge the existence of the homeless man and bring him to light. Just as so, it only takes one piece of writing to bring a person to light; whether the mind be a fortress or a fragile palisade – excellence promotes excellence. “Weak minds may be injured by novel reading; but sensible people find both amusement and instruction therein” (Henry Ward Beecher). Without reliance on the type of fiction or the type of literature, it only takes one piece of writing to turn a weak mind in to a sensible person.
Date published: 2011-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! This is such a great read from start to finish! Everyone should read this book!
Date published: 2011-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great tale Great tale This book was wonderful. I couldn’t put it down; the story of this woman’s life was fascinating. I thought reading about the journey and the history of some of the hardships and troubles that some Africans faced in the times of slavery was interesting yet sorrowful and absolutely gripping. This book had many ups and down and although we may know the history of what things were like in the past for African’s racism and slavery it was wonderful to read a tale about a strong young woman trying to survive and make it back to her homeland. I liked it more than Roots and Queen which are books I also enjoyed reading.
Date published: 2010-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speechless WOW! Amazing, wonderful, dark, sad, raw, and totally touching. What a wonderful book. I am totally in love with this book. READ IT
Date published: 2010-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story I find that I get bored quickly with many books and never finish them...But I read this book cover to cover and loved it.
Date published: 2010-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very nice story the book of Negroes is a beautiful story about the life of a abducted from her home and forced to work at a young age. this book tells us her life story. it is definitely a masterpiece and should be read.
Date published: 2010-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS BOOK This was the ONLY book of many that our entire book club LOVED. You won't be sorry you took the time to experience this story.
Date published: 2010-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing A book that everyone should read.
Date published: 2010-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Wow, couldn't put it down. Took a long time to buy it because of the size of the book, but sure happy I did! What an awesome read.
Date published: 2010-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely riveting......... could not put it down until it was finished. A top ten in the books that i have found amazing.........a must read for all
Date published: 2010-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you're looking for a Book club selection, this it it! Chosen by our book club, it was not only educational, but mind boggling. Great read and even better for conversation. We just don't realize how much prejudice we have in our lives. Marie Suzanne Dillon, author "Two Weeks in Vieques"
Date published: 2010-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deserves 10 stars Loved this book! from the beginning to the end this book was a wonderful read! I did not want it to end
Date published: 2010-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing story This book came to me as a friend referral. I really wasn't keen but since I respected this persons opinion I gave it a shot. Well I can tell you The Book of Negroes grabbed me from the first paragraph. Lawrence's writing style was riveting. Even when I wanted to quit because I just didn't think I could stand anymore horrific events happening to Aminata I couldn't because I had to know what happened next. This is a thought provoking and frightening look at the heart of man. Lawrence does an exceptional job of showing both the depravity and the resiliency of humans.
Date published: 2010-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book This book is defintely a must read. I was disappointed when it was coming to an end. A definite 5 stars!!!!!
Date published: 2010-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Read First I'll start by saying the only books that get five stars from me are those that I would recommend and re-read. With regards to this book I would recommend it, it has an important story to tell that everyone needs to hear. This is the first book I've ever read that deals with the slave trade. It was heartbreaking. That humans were capable and still are capable (there are currently thousands of women and children being sold into the sex trade, don't think slavery is dead and gone) is disturbing. Some of the details were gruesome and difficult at times to read, and I was constantly amazed at the resilience of the characters in this book. Overall the book is very well written, the characters well developed, it was a good read. If this is a book you enjoyed and it touched you in some way than I suggest reading 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa. It's a modern day writing on how people of the African Continent are still being screwed by the first world. But it's not a downer, 28 Stories is incredible, and hopefully it will inspire people to help make a positive change in the world.
Date published: 2010-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from phenomenal. Will have an impact on all who read it! Even though I had heard great things about "The book of Negroes" It still took me a couple of years before I finally got myself a copy. As soon as I flipped open the first page, I was transfixed. And as cliché as this may sound, hooked from word one. As with all phenomenal reads, I found myself questioning what would have caused me to put off reading this truly outstanding novel. Whatever the reason may have been, I am truly grateful to Lawrence Hill. For publishing what I can only describe as being one of the best novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I feel changed, and Inspired by Aminata. Despite her fictitious being. There was and are, people/woman like her. I’m empowered by her strength and courage, and prepared to fight for what I want, and succeed. For if a "Negroe" child, captured, tortured, and sold like a fresh off the press newspaper, could make such an impact then why cant I? As with anything, some might not find this book to there liking. I have heard a few describe it as slow, and to drawn out ect. I however finished in two days, which I think speaks for itself!
Date published: 2010-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow this is the best book i have read in years!!!! I borrowed it from a friend... i didn't' think i could get through it... but... as it turned out.. I couldn't put the book down!!! this is the best book i have read in YEARS>>>>>> everybody should read it!!
Date published: 2010-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Book I couldn't put this book down yet I didn't want it to end. How did Lawrence Hill get into Aminata Diallo's head and speak with such a compassionate woman's voice and with such female emotion? This story of entrapment and slavery of a young girl was shocking in its detail yet so believably real. I didn't want her to go home because I knew that "home" as she remembered it would no longer exist, and then what would there have been left to live for? I have made a list of all Lawrence Hill's other books and I'm off to get them and read them all. Thank you.
Date published: 2010-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Thrilling Novel! The Book Of Negroes is a thrilling story that takes you on a journey through Africa with a girl named Aminata. Lawrence Hill describes every little detail so vividly it's as if you are walking through the rugged streets of West Africa. Aminata tells of her story as a grown women reflecting on her pleasant and not so pleasant childhood memories and also going back to present times in London, England. Aminata tells of her pros and cons of being an African American woman. THANKS SO MUCH TO HEATHER FOR RECOMMENDING THIS TO ME!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! :)
Date published: 2010-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Worthy Contribution Although this novel does not reach the heights some of the other slave narratives do, it nevertheless presents a heart-wrenching view of a slave journey, especially the capabilities of both human treachery and altruism. I recommend it to anyone and everyone, simply because it is a thought-provoking read.
Date published: 2010-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ***** (5 stars) Absolutely loved this book! Bought it for vacation and read it in 3 days! I wished it was another 500 pages.. loved the story, the characters and the writing, highly recommend it!
Date published: 2010-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite Book This book was absolutely the best book I have read to date. It moved me in so many ways. I couldn't put it down and I ended up finishing the whole book in 2 days. The main character will move you to tears and triumph over and over again throughout the book. I wanted to reach through the pages and embrace this woman. After finishing the book I wrote a letter to the author commending him on this fantastic book that I feel would make such an important addition to the Canadian high school curriculum. A must read!
Date published: 2010-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece!! The Book of Negroes is narrative art at its finest. I was extremely impressed by the historical and geographical depth and detail that Lawrence provided to create this convincing and gripping story. This is the breathtaking journey of a free African girl as she turns into a slave and a woman. Lawrence's vivid historical references of the free trade of slavery leave no trace to the imagination, as Aminata's story delivers the harrowing truth. Through her tragedy and suffering, Aminata rises above as a deeply courageous and heroic figure. Her character proves to be larger than life and she imbeds herself in your heart. Convincing in its detail, the story forces the reader to imagine the reality beyond the scars left by history. Not only does Lawrence provide wrenching suspense through his story line but his Aminata provides a tremendous sense of hope and inspiration as the main character. This sense of inspiration is just what makes her character so memorable. Aminata comes alive in the reader's heart and mind as an individual with immense passion, perseverance and determination. The Book of Negroes proves to be an utter masterpiece and literary triumph for author Lawrence Hill.
Date published: 2010-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Total Grasp of the Heart The book was loaned to me by a fellow teacher but upon finishing the book and had to buy it any, just to say I had it. It is the first book I recommed to people. The book takes you along on her horrifyig yet brave journey while at the same time teaching you history lessons and realities you feel embarassed at not already knowing...or at least for at times forgetting. You will fall in love with the main character and feel changed and stronger when you read this book.
Date published: 2010-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! I couldn't put the book down. A must read.
Date published: 2010-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great - Hands Down! Absolutely amazing book that will grab you from the first chapter and will not let you go until the last word. Loved the characters, loved the writing, loved the story, and loved the historical info that weaves it all together. I put off reading this because I thought it would be a hard read (b/c of the subject matter) but it wasn't at all. Yes there are details about some awful events in history, but the author doesn't linger on the gruesome details - just gives you enough to foster a good understanding of what this period in history was like and what people went through. Without a doubt one of the best books I have read.
Date published: 2010-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best and Worst Read Ever The was the best and worst book I have ever read! It was the best couldn't put it down, it was the worst because the story was heartbreaking, I wanted to close it so many times because it broke my heart, but it was such a page turner I could stop reading. Her journey was amazing, heart stopping, tragic, what a great book, it is a must read.
Date published: 2010-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This story was just fabulous, I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2010-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic A fantastic book.
Date published: 2010-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Historical Fiction. I thought that I would be upset by this tragic tale but instead I found myself feeling triumphant. Amazing tale and journey and it wraps up in a nice neat bow.
Date published: 2010-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I fell in love with this book. I was hooked from the very first page. Lawrence Hill is a brilliant writer. I've also read "Any known blood", which I also adored, and will be reading "Some great thing" real soon. Can't wait.
Date published: 2010-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking... A very moving and thought provoking story that leaves the reader lingering on the details long after they've completed the book. Lawrence Hill speaks easily from the mind of his heroine, and successfully creates a character and story that grabs the reader and won't let go.
Date published: 2010-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read I could not put this book down and read it in less than 3 days. The words fail me to describe the emotions felt while reading this book. A great purchase, gift or read at a book club.
Date published: 2010-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I have never read anything that moved me so much, right to the end.
Date published: 2010-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book I was waiting for I Loved this book. It had me from the first page, and not a lot of books do that. The storyline was very captivating and I finished this book in only two days. The only bad part was that it ended. This book will truly make you realize, and appreciate all the things in your life that you love.
Date published: 2010-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down!! I started this book on a Thursday and was finished by Sunday. What a fantastic story. Highly recommended!!
Date published: 2009-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! A wonderful book from beginning to end!
Date published: 2009-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow A splendid, stunning and heart-wrenching novel. This story pulls at every heart string, while intoxicating the reader. A brilliant work by Hill.
Date published: 2009-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Canadian Literature. The Book of Negroes is an amazing fictional account of the Slave trade in Africa, Europe and the America's. Hill's character Aminata is one of the most memorable heroines I have ever encountered in literature. I clearly see why it won Canada Reads. Bravo to Lawrence Hill for creating such a masterpiece of Canadian Literature.
Date published: 2009-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Moving, riveting, fascinating. Aminata Diallo is a character to inspire all women and men. And she is just one of the many memorable characters in this wonderful book about a brutal time in history. His storytelling brought to live 4 continents and the way the black nation was treated by the white race but also by their own people. Human nature at it's best and worst. Another book impossible to put down.
Date published: 2009-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful read! Loved this book -- the story in the person of a woman slave -- heroic, strong, administering to others who could not help herself -- her escapades from slavery to freedom -- I love a book with a "happy" ending!
Date published: 2009-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this is a must read story storyline is absolutly captivating, must read for all canadian readers. Lawrence has done an awsome job on this easy read book. They story never dwindles it always keeps you wondering what is going to happen to the main character.
Date published: 2009-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it Hill did an outstanding job. I loved the main character and I was sad to be finished the book.
Date published: 2009-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great!! it was impossible to put down... every word read made me want to read more
Date published: 2009-10-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Deja Vu Hill is a competent storyteller, but I am less happy with the fact this book reads like "Roots Lite". You will have seen or read every element elsewhere; there is nothing original or fresh in the novel, save the preachy tie in to Canada's Black Loyalist history (via the historical Book of Negroes, which is practically incidental to the story). As no new light or significance is cast on the slave trade and slavery, I find the accolades the book garnered troubling: do we treat books about historical events we feel guilty about differently than other books? Is political correctness driving the applause? The story itself, following the life of an African woman enslaved in childhood, transported to America and the usual abuses, educated and sent off to Nova Scotia, Sierra Leone and finally England, has possibilities, but deus ex machina handling makes the events of her life too convenient, too studied. I wanted to like this book, but in the end its failure to expand on its own subject was a disappointment.
Date published: 2009-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book of Hope "Sir Hastings presents me with a new quill and a glass inkpot decorated with swirling lines of indigo blue. I love the smoothness and the heft in my hand. I rub the surface but the indigo is buried deep in the glass. Englishmen do love to bury one thing so completely in another that the two can only be separated by force: peanuts in candy, indigo in glass, Africans in irons.” The sheer brilliance of Lawrence Hill’s writing cannot even begin to be summed up by this one quotation alone. The entire novel is renowned and transcendent, and truly one of the best female voices I’ve read in a long time. The story follows Aminata Diallo, a young Muslim woman born in Africa, who finds her world completely thrown into chaos when a group of men come into her village and sets her on the path to America. Where the country is the land of opportunities for white settlers, it is the country of damnation and hell for the Africans. As she grows older she learns from the people around her and fights to survive in the country that condemns her as the lowest of the human species. Through her struggles you feel hope, sense loss and see victories, and never once do you question the fact that the narration is larger than life. Her heroism sets forth an unforgettable epic into a history of which many people are ignorant or choose to ignore. Like the notable characters of Anna Karenina, Scarlett O’Hara, and Offred the handmaid, Aminata Diallo is timeless, relatable and authentic. Hill’s narration is preeminent within literature. Like Wally Lamb’s She Comes Undone, and Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha, Hill was able to capture the essence of a woman and form a character that was nothing short of real. The narration was so believable, I forgot the novel was written by a man. The character was completely and utterly genuine. Hill also didn’t glorify Canada as do many novels about slavery; in fact it showed Canada as being as bad as the Americans. Canadians were racist towards those who managed to escape from slavery and just because the slaves were free, doesn’t mean they were respected. I enjoyed every syllable of this novel. It is truly a masterpiece of historical fiction and places Hill among the great storytellers like Edward P. Jones, Margaret Attwood and Diana Gabaldon. I recommend this book to everyone who asks me “what book should I read?” which is a question I get often. Don’t miss out, trust me, you’ll love The Book of Negroes.
Date published: 2009-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A captivating read The main character endured so much sadness and hardship yet never lost hope of her dream. You will not want to put this book down.
Date published: 2009-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i LOVED IT! This was my 'summer holiday' read. I'd seen it out on the best seller's list and the Governor General's List. What clinched me to buy it was that my son and I went to visit the National Archives in Ottawa. We live just outside Ottawa in rural Dunrobin, and decided to check out the Archives as part of our day in town. While there the receptionist was explaining all the things you could do there and she happened to mention that Lawrence Hill, the author of the "Book of Negroes" had spent a lot of time at the National Archives researching his book. I'm into 'local' food and I thought this would be a cool 'local' read. The fact that it had a 'Canadian' tie was big for me. I loved and respected the main character. I passed it on to my Husband and son. It was the best book I've read in a long time.
Date published: 2009-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection Wow, this book restored my love of reading, I lost the will to read for awhile. This book is a tremendous piece of literature, and very well researched as well. I was shocked to learn that Canada and England played such a brutal role in slavery, I knew that the States had a very nasty role in things but I had no idea that England was involved in the horrifying inhumanity of the slave trade. I also had a hard time accepting that this was fictional and written by a man, it is so intimate and personal, and captured a woman's point of view very well. Also, the main character, Aminata, her strength and determination and courage was inspiring and she was so well written I forgot she was fictional every time I picked up the book. This book is perfection. *It does get really graphic though, but without it, the book wouldn't mean nearly as much.
Date published: 2009-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "A truely good read" A well written novel, a truly enjoyable read. A view into the world of slavery, courage and determination.....
Date published: 2009-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutley Amazing! Lawrence Hill is a wonder "story teller". Buy this book and you won't be able to put it down, in fact you don't want it to end. Best book I have read in a long time!
Date published: 2009-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read This book took so many turns and your really feel for the lead character as she travels through her challenging life. She is a real inspiration for what a single person can do, especially from where she came from.
Date published: 2009-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Read This book is one you can't put down. Between shock, horror, and fascination as you join Aminata on her journey. Lawrence Hill has a definate gift for loft in his stories despite its heavy content. His descriptions of a world we can't understand is really incredible. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2009-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story that opens your eyes, and touches your heart. An amazing book that has already gathered numerous of favourable reviews. Through the character of Aminata Diallo, the horrid history of slave trade from Africa was vividly revealed, encouraging us on how far we have come, and reminding us on how much more we still have to do in mutual respect and equality. The Book of Negroes is a beautiful story that will open your eyes, and touch your heart.
Date published: 2009-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to Put Down I started reading this while on vacation at the cottage and I couldn't put it down. I felt as if I was seeing through the main characters eyes and experiencing her hardships. As a mother my heart went out to her when she was a young child and later on when she became a mother herself. I am amazed that the author, being a man, could capture so profoundly the feelings of a female as she endures so many hardships from a young innocent child to an experienced women. I recommend this book whole heartily; I thank Lawrence Hill for writing it and I am looking forward to reading more from this very talented author.
Date published: 2009-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hmmm! What a sad story... Aminata Diallo will not leave my memory anytime soon. What she endured made me ache for the way humans have treated humans in history ~ it sickened me and broke my heart... When her 3 year old daughter was... well, let's just say, I had nightmares that night after reading it and gave my own 3 year old baby girl an extra hug! A powerful book ~ but my only criticism is that it was predictable. Heard this story before ~ knew where it was going... But a great read overall.
Date published: 2009-08-10
Rated out of 5 by from Storyline drags on too long. Poignant story that illustrates the life of a girl throughout her life as a captive of the slave trade from Africa to US. A little slow and I felt that the ending didn't do it justice.
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting, educational, and entertaining I received this book as a gift, and am so glad that I did. The Book of Negroes is not necessarily a story I would typically pick up, but I found it to be an incredible story, a real page-turner, and very easy to read. Despite being fiction, it is obvious that the author has done his research, and I came away knowing a lot more about the slave trade and the events of that era that I previously did not know. Although Aminata faced unspeakable hardships, at times it felt that things worked out a little too perfectly, and that her treatment by others was better than the average, making for an almost *too* perfect story. Nonetheless, it kept me gripped, and I was able to read it in no time!
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Amazing read. Historically accurate and hard to put down. The strength of the main character will have you rooting for her.
Date published: 2009-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great History! I know this book is a work of fiction, but there is a lot of truth in what happened and it just an amazing story. It is also very sad about how much the main character had to go through. The writing thoughout the book is very beautiful and discriptive. It is strange to think about how far we have come in some respects, and in others, how similar we still are!! Great read, and would recommend to all!
Date published: 2009-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blew me away. Read it. Amazing book! I also really appreciate the diligent effort of the author. Very well done.
Date published: 2009-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very moving, heart-wrenching story I cannot put this book down. The story is well-written, heartbreaking at times, and I find myself hoping for Aminata to get through her ordeals. The story reminds me very much of the movie Amistad, and also has elements of Alex Haley's Roots, but a great story nonetheless.
Date published: 2009-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read. Everything about this book is wonderful. I love the historic facts in it. The story itself is fantastic. I think everyone will enjoy this.
Date published: 2009-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book of Negroes The Book of Negroes is written from the point of view of an African girl, and follows her from a young age through the many stages of her life. I have a habit of reading in bed, and although I usually don't read too many pages of any book before I find myself falling asleep, this was much different. I finished the book in one week. I hated to turn off the light every night, as I wanted to know what was coming next. The woman who ended up writing in the Book of Negroes experiences pain, fear, anger, humiliation and hope, and they are entwined through the story as she moves from continent to continent and from one phase of her life to the next. This book is has been chosen as the book for One Book/One Community in Waterloo Region. It pulls the reader into the story and never lets go until the end. It is a worthy choice!
Date published: 2009-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read This was our book club choice and everyone enjoyed it. We did think there were a few too many lucky circumstances she stumbled into and one member objected to the bending of history with this particular subject. It is a wonderful discussion choice for a book club as it led us down many roads. Would recommend
Date published: 2009-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this down! This was an absolutely beautiful book and should not be missed by anyone. Fully recommend this - and I never write reviews but this book inspired me to do so. Go and get it - you won't be able to put it down. Absolutely wonderful!
Date published: 2009-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbeleivable fiction!!! You MUST read this book! A captivating story of a woman negro who was taken to be a slave abroad, the struggles, the humiliations, the colourful people she meets and her success and freedom she lost and gained throughout her life. I can't beleive this is fiction!
Date published: 2009-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous I cant say enough abaout this book. The story is riveting and I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2009-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was an excellent story I felt very swept along in this story. The main character has such a strong voice and tells her life very well. I found myself empathising with her situation and wanting to know more and more of her life. Sometimes I felt like the details were missing, but it felt like how it would if someone sat down and started telling you their life. They wouldn't necessarily remember everything, just the larger events. Things that stood out for them personally. I felt this way with Meena. I mean, I could understand when it seemed as though she wasn't giving us all the information or all the facts of her life. Because she was telling this story as an old woman, looking back and trying to recall. The fact that she does recall so much is lovely. I don't feel cheated. I can see now why this book won the CBC Canada Reads for 2009. It was much deserved.
Date published: 2009-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I recommend this book This is a very well written Novel based on historical events. I had not known about the Nova Scotians who started the new settlement of Sierra Leone in Africa. This book is entertaining, as well as upsetting when one reads about what the slaves had to endure.
Date published: 2009-06-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointed Great subject matter, and yet written so impatiently (or was it talent that was so painfully missing?), with ABSOLUTELY NO DEBTH, awfully one-dimensional... Reads like a picture book...
Date published: 2009-06-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Underwhelming I so looked forward to reading this novel but was disappointed by several unrealistic moments. There were too many coincidences for my liking, making it less plausible as an historical novel.
Date published: 2009-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and knowledgeble I loved this book - I have about 50 pages left to read and I wish that I had another 300. I could not put it down. I needed a book like that . Now I have to look for another book that will captivate me as this one did! Thank You for recommending it.
Date published: 2009-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a fascinating story...that I didn't love Everyone has been talking about Lawrence Hill’s novel The Book of Negroes for the past few months. When I worked at Indigo, it flew off the shelf; everyone wanted to read it. It’s one of those books – topical, controversial, well-written, award-winning and with a central character that it is impossible not to admire. And I did admire her, but I didn’t love this book. I finished The Book of Negroes a few days ago and I’ve been trying to figure out what it was exactly that failed to inspire me to talk about it in absolutely glowing terms. I am a child of the 70s. By that I mean, I was a teenager when Roots hit the small screen. Every night for however many nights that mini-series was on the tube, my family and I would gather around the TV, mesmerized and horrified by Kunta Kinte’s story. I haven’t seen it since, so I have no idea whether or not it holds up, but that story devastated me and made me ashamed, for the first time in my life, to be white. The Book of Negroes failed to reach me on some level. Does that mean in the years since I’ve seen Roots I’ve just gradually become desensitized? God, I hope not. Aminata Diallo, born in Bayo, West Africa, in 1745, is captured by slave traders when she is just eleven. We have barely settled into the rhythm of her life as a ‘free-born Muslim’ adored by her parents, before they are killed and she is captured. What follows is her life story. No question, it makes for fascinating, accessible and easy reading. But there was something missing for me, some emotional centre. Aminita reaches America after a long, brutal journey across the ocean. She is sold and quickly learns a new language and a new way of life. It is impossible not to admire her: she’s smart and resilient and tough. She has to be as she endures one tragedy after another. And perhaps this is where I feel let down by the book: despite knowing Aminita’s story, I never felt like I knew her. In telling the story of her life, she relays the facts, all but stripping the emotion from them. The slightly unbelievable denouement, therefore, had little impact on me. Should you read this book? Absolutely. Is it worthy of all the praise? Yes, of course it is, because we should always be reminded that the struggle for equality is ongoing, that people still suffer because of their race or religious beliefs. Let’s face it, the world hasn’t really come all that far since Aminita’s day. There’s a part of me that feels slightly guilty that I didn’t love it. But I am glad I read it.
Date published: 2009-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvellous! One of the best books I have read in a long time. I loved it!
Date published: 2009-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible My first review of a book ever but I found this book incredible, amazing, wonderful and full of every emotion known to mankind.
Date published: 2009-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Many lives of Aminata Diallo This is the story of the lives of Aminata Diallo. She is a free girl who lives in the early 19Th century near Sego in Africa before being abducted by other Africans and sold into slavery. - She spends many years in South Carolina as a slave, first on an indigo plantation and then as an assistant to a Jewish business man. When in New York she runs away from him and begins afresh as a free woman amongst other blacks and British Military. - After the War she is transported to another new life in Nova Scotia along with hundreds of other British Loyalists. Life there is better than slavery, but it does not live up to the promises of the British. - After decades of exile from Africa, the Sierra Leone Company offers to help re-settle the landless black Loyalists onto African soil. Aminata does try to return to the village of her birth but is challenged at every step, by distance (a three month walk inland), age and health and by those who would try and re-enslave her. Realizing that she can't turn the clocks back 60 years and regain her first life, she travels to England to lend her story and her voice to the cause to stop the slave trade. - I remembered when I lived in the Caribbean and studied the Slave Trade in 4Th Form. The teacher made it very clear to the two white girls in the class that they were personally to blame for the atrocities that happened more than 100 years earlier. Mr. Hill never made me feel as though he was assigning blame. He presented a well balanced account of who was involved at the various times and how they benefitted. Aminata is not portrayed as a vengeance seeking woman, though she had every right to be, but rather as a woman who has a goal (re-united with her husband, find her daughter and return to the village of her birth)and must survive in order to achieve it. She decided very early that anger wasn't going to get her anywhere but hurt or dead. - I'm glad that we learned much of Aminata's early life. She lived in a vibrant community with a rich history, with a loving family, an educated father and a religion that held the promise of a wealth of knowledge to come. I have heard arguments that the slavers were saving the blacks from their heathen existence. That has always bothered me that one group of people can dismiss the accomplishments and lifestyle of another just because it is different from their own. - I liked this book. Not only is it the story of a strong girl/woman who accomplishes what she sets out to do, but a humanized, historical account of a dark era in North American history. - This book was selected for the 'One Book One Community' read for Waterloo Region (where I live). It should provide lots of opportunity for discussion.
Date published: 2009-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Put it Down I read this book while I was in West Africa (Ghana). It was a great book to educate me on the slave trade which had taken place right where I was living. It took me two days to read, and then I read it again - I loved it so much!
Date published: 2009-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvelous book! Lawrence Hill grabs you with his type of writing from the minute you pick up one of his books. I live in the states and the book was not available so I ordered from you in Canada - well worth it!! Wonderful story line - kept your attention from beginning to end. Hope Mr. Hill keeps putting his books out there!!
Date published: 2009-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I loved this book, a great read, couldn't put down!!
Date published: 2009-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! A very nice book!
Date published: 2009-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bravo! Excellent read.....I think it would be more plausible if Mr. Hill wrote in the first person, speaking as a male. It is difficult to read about how a man discribes his menustration etc., other than that it was excellent.
Date published: 2009-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Attention Grabbing! What a revealing work! For one who believed I had some understanding of the historical background of the slave trade, this was truly eye-opening. A first person account of the horrors a captive lived through cut to the real truth of this despicable time in humankinds history. And to think that such conditions still exist in some parts of the world! Thank goodness for the redemptive ending of this work.....
Date published: 2009-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A breathtaking read! By far, the absolute best book I have EVER read. It was beautiful, heartbreaking, inspiring and captivating. If you do not read this book, you are really missing out. Just do it, you will pray for the book not to end.
Date published: 2009-04-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Can't say I loved it Everyone's ranting and raving, why? The book is ok, but I've read many books that are way better than this one. I think I just didn't like the style of writing and the story just didn't grip me. Looks like I'm in the minority which I find strange...
Date published: 2009-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! This novel made me feel like I was there right along with the main character. The things Aminata survived are beyond imagination and comprehension at times, but her fighting spirit is what makes this book so real. I laughed and cried over and over again. This book is amazing!!
Date published: 2009-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I read a lot of books, but this has to top the list of can't put downs in a long time. The author recreates the feeling of fear, desolation, yet determination in this young girl as she suffers through all the travels. Even after losing her children, she still fights for what she believes is her goal, she will not give up.
Date published: 2009-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from utterly stunning When my dad bought this book for me i did not really expect to like it. i heard that it had won awards but i'm not into history type books and figured it would take me a while to get into it. well i was proven wrong about a hundred times while reading this book. it was captivating from the first page, it was heart wrenching, well written, good strong plot, the characters are enjoyable and you even become attached to the main character. I highly recommend this book too ANY ONE!!!! this book will become a great classic one day and i think everyone should read this book. it was a good mix of fiction and fact that kept you turning pages and completely enthralled in this novel. Lawrence Hill is an amazing writer and i thank him for this book
Date published: 2009-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing! Our book club picked this book for our April read. Not sure what all the hype is about???? Is not a book I would place in my top 100 ever read! Very disappointed as I expected a real gem of story - but it fails...
Date published: 2009-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating I loved this book, reminded me of Roots. Engrossing story, read it in just a few days. Left me wanting more.
Date published: 2009-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! Excellent book! It's been a long time since I've become this engrossed in a book where I can't put it down and stay up late too many nights in a row. Fantastic writing, even though I can't imagine most of the horrors the characters went through, the writing makes you feel like you relate to the characters. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good read.
Date published: 2009-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slavery in Canada I truly enjoyed this book, and was particularly interested in the reference to the arrival of slaves in Nova Scotia. This story is a reminder of the ravages of slavery. So much cruelty, so many broken promises. Loved the heroine.
Date published: 2009-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. Wow...I don't know what else to say about this book. I love a novel that although is a work of fiction, really captures the reality of an era. I was completely engrossed in this book...such sadness, and cruelty in the world. Definitely worth reading
Date published: 2009-04-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Okay I found the history behind this book very interesting but I had to push myself to get through the novel itself. The writing is way too obvious and not compelling. This is an important book to read if you want to learn about the history of slavery but I expected a much richer experience based on the reviews I had read.
Date published: 2009-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping! I thought before I started the first sentence this would take me a long time to read. I read the first sentence and I finished the book in record time. It was too good to put down for long.
Date published: 2009-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An unforgettable character... Two words: Aminata Diallo. It's not every day one comes across a character so lucid, so inviolable, so shocking as the one Lawrence Hill has given us. Aminata's infallible determination will keep you hooked til the very end.
Date published: 2009-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Definitely a good read. Wouldn't say it was great but i enjoyed it. Interesting story.
Date published: 2009-02-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to get through I am the type of person that no matter what I have to finish a book and that is all I can say about this book is that I finsihed it.
Date published: 2009-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic, Realistic I received this book as a birthday gift and I have recommended it to everyone. The writing was so vivid and striking. I have not laughed and cried at the same time in years. I am trying to get my hands on anything that Lawrence writes because I just can't get enough. This should be requried reading in every high school in Canada. The fiction and non-fiction remind us of the suffering of a large part of the world in the past but provides hope for the future if we only remember not to repeat the mistakes of the past. An Incredible book!!
Date published: 2009-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent Novel Exquisitely written novel! Make sure you can dedicate ample time to devour this book - you won't be able to put it down. Bravo Mr Hill, look forward to more of your books.
Date published: 2009-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent tale of hope and horrors. The Book of Negroes is an outstanding story of one woman's journey from freedom, to slavery, and back to freedom. It explores the perseverance of the human heart and the evil that lurks deep in the human soul. It demonstrates that both good and evil lurk inside both white and black. Told through the voice of Aminata Diallo, or Meena Dee, as she becomes known to the Western world, the story is rich in culture, history and language. A beautiful, yet haunting, story.
Date published: 2009-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing story of courage and strength! I just finished reading this book and I'm not ready for the tale to end! Aminata Diallo is an unique character with the heart of a warrior.
Date published: 2009-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This story is absolutely wonderful and kept me spellbound through its entirety. I found I became one with Meena and the journey became personal. Just loved it and will read it a second time.
Date published: 2009-01-21