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Starred Review. Stunning, wrenching and inspiring, the fourth novel by Canadian novelist Hill (Any Known Blood) spans the life of Aminata Diallo, born in Bayo, West Africa, in 1745. The novel opens in 1802, as Aminata is wooed in London to the cause of British abolitionists, and begins reflecting on her life. Kidnapped at the age of 11 by British slavers, Aminata survives the Middle Passage and is reunited in South Carolina with Chekura, a boy from a village near hers. Her story gets entwined with his, and with those of her owners: nasty indigo producer Robinson Appleby and, later, Jewish duty inspector Solomon Lindo. During her long life of struggle, she does what she can to free herself and others from slavery, including learning to read and teaching others to, and befriending anyone who can help her, black or white. Hill handles the pacing and tension masterfully, particularly during the beginnings of the American revolution, when the British promise to free Blacks who fight for the British: Aminata's related, eventful travels to Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone follow. 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. (Nov.)
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"The Book of Negroes is a masterpiece, daring and impressive in its geographic, historical and human reach, convincing in its narrative art and detail, necessary for imagining the real beyond the traces left by history."
--THE GLOBE AND MAIL -- THE GLOBE AND MAIL
"Aminata is a heroic figure, a little larger than life, residing within and outside of history.You can never forget this character."
--TORONTO STAR --Toronto Star
"The Book of Negroes is a masterpiece, daring and impressive in its geographic, historical and human reach, convincing in its narrative art and detail, necessary for imagining the real beyond the traces left by history." --The Globe and Mail
"Aminata is a heroic figure, a little larger than life, residing within and outside of history.You can never forget this character." -- Toronto Star --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Very moving account of the fictious life of Aminata Diallo, very spirited girl then woman taken in as slave as an 11y old then eventually escaped to ( relative) freedom through her... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Carine WF
I couldn't put it down. Aminata was a strong female protagonist and her character felt real. The book was based on history with some fictive imaginations of the author. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Cotton
I’m ashamed to say that this amazing book has been sitting untouched on my shelf for a few years now! Read morePublished 24 days ago by Geekgirl1969
Watched series - did not want to go over content again - very sadPublished 1 month ago by Valerie Ritchie
This writer cannot resist blackening coal. Could we not hear the story of a black woman enslaved in Africa, humiliated in North America, and patronized in England from a black... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kenneth Mews
Read this before the mini-series and fell in love with the drive, passion and perseverance of the heroine. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jammyjam