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The Journey of August King

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Discovering Analees Williamsburg, a fifteen-year-old runaway slave in 1810, August King faces a moral dilemma in which he must decide between turning the girl in for a reward or risking his life to help her. Reprint. Movie tie-in.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 8th 1995 by Miramax Books (first published 1971)
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Aug 29, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I read it while concurrently watching the movie which I found on Netflix. John Ehle did the screenplay as well so it was kind of like he got to tighten up his own story. Of course with a book you get all the internal thought processes. There were more plot elements in the book as well which made it a much more complex story especially since this is part two of Ehle's septology on the Appalachian region in North Carolina. (Ha, I've never had to use that word before). The movie was much tighter ...more
Oct 19, 2011 Jakki rated it it was amazing
Bought this book at a thrift store for .75! What a bargain. An AMAZING story about the man, August King, who gave up EVERYTHING that was important to him materially to help a young black girl escape slavery. I love what he said "Sometimes to do the right thing one has to give up other things that are encumbrances even if those things are a big part of what gives us security". Accused of "wrong thinking" in wanting to help the young girl, his friends told 1/2 truths.
Apr 11, 2008 Donna rated it really liked it
I read everything I can find in historical fiction for the Appalachian area! All of John Ehle's books are wonderful!

I first say the movie THE JOURNEY OF AUGUST KING and then found the book. I was hooked!
I read all the others one by one and enjoyed seeing the same names of families appearing from generation to generation.

Read them all!
Joy H.
Jan 21, 2014 Joy H. marked it as watched-film-only
Added 1/21/14.
This book (first published 1971) was adapted to film in 1995. I watched it via Netflix streaming. Good story.
Apr 21, 2010 Gloria rated it really liked it
I actually read this book as a precursor to having my older kids watch the film version for their "Movies as Literature" class.
It was stunning, violent, sad, and ultimately uplifting-- if only in that one hopes there will always be August Kings in the world to do what is right.
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Jan 28, 2016 Victoria Lynn rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story, but found it hard to read. It took me a long time, but I was reading several books at the same time.
Apr 19, 2015 Lesley rated it really liked it
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A simple and harrowing story of a man trying to do the right thing in a world that is UN-apologeticlly wrong.
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Sep 12, 2015 Jennifer Nesbitt rated it it was amazing
Wow...fantastic book, read the whole thing today, and I can't remember the last time I read a book in a day. I'm looking forward to reading more of John Ehle's work.
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Can not stress how great this book is. The time period it takes place and the conflict that arrises makes it a book I couldn't put down.
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