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Washington Black: A Novel

byEsi Edugyan

Hardcover | August 28, 2018

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A dazzling, original novel of slavery and freedom, from the author of the international bestseller Half-Blood Blues

Longlisted for the 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZE

When two English brothers arrive at a Barbados sugar plantation, they bring with them a darkness beyond what the slaves have already known. Washington Black – an eleven year-old field slave – is horrified to find himself chosen to live in the quarters of one of these men. But the man is not as Washington expects him to be. His new master is the eccentric Christopher Wilde – naturalist, explorer, inventor and abolitionist – whose obsession to perfect a winged flying machine disturbs all who know him. Washington is initiated into a world of wonder: a world where the night sea is set alight with fields of jellyfish, where a simple cloth canopy can propel a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning – and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.

But when a man is killed one fateful night, Washington is left to the mercy of his new masters. Christopher Wilde must choose between family ties and young Washington's life. What follows is a flight along the eastern coast of America, as the men attempt to elude the bounty that has been placed on Washington's head. Their journey opens them up to the extraordinary: to a dark encounter with a necropsicist, a scholar of the flesh; to a voyage aboard a vessel captained by a hunter of a different kind; to a glimpse through an unexpected portal into the Underground Railroad. This is a novel of fraught bonds and betrayal. What brings Wilde and Washington together ultimately tears them apart, leaving Washington to seek his true self in a world that denies his very existence.

From the blistering cane fields of Barbados to the icy plains of the Canadian Arctic, from the mud-drowned streets of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black teems with all the strangeness of life. This inventive, electrifying novel asks, What is Freedom? And can a life salvaged from the ashes ever be made whole?


Title:Washington Black: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.33 inPublished:August 28, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443423386

ISBN - 13:9781443423380

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I received this book as a birthday gift from my son. I thought it was great and much preferred it to the author’s previous book Half-Blood Blues, which won the Giller. Washington Black made the Giller short list and I wouldn’t be surprised if it won!
Date published: 2018-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great storytelling! I enjoyed this one! The story was told in a linear fashion, so it was an easy read. I found it to be an engaging read.
Date published: 2018-10-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from O.k. Conventional in every way, and not the quality I expected from the author. Typical slavery to freedom story with a character shedding the shackles of the plantation yet still chained by his experiences. A real yawner and not worthy of either the Man Booker, or Giller prizes.
Date published: 2018-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Loved this story. Amazing historical detail - memorable characters. Ending left a little to be desired though - no real resolution (minor drawback to an overall great read).
Date published: 2018-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engrosing novel A lovely book, great reviews for a reason, compelling and drawing
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this This is an absolute fantastic novel. I enjoyed every moment of it. It’s longlisted this year for the Booker award. hope it wins
Date published: 2018-08-28