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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
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Aug 02, 2011

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Read from November 05 to 23, 2010

I had to read this for my AP English class. It's not very difficult to annotate for language, because she uses a lot of figurative language, like when she talks about the "evil hand of slavery", or exaggerates a lot of things by using metaphors and hyperbole. Other than that, I would probably not read this book for pleasure, unless you're very interested in reading a firsthand account of slavery, as this book was published in 1861. But even though it was written by a slave girl, I didn't feel that it left me intellectually deprived. The author Harriet Jacobs was very articulate, and she had clearly had a large vocabulary to pick from. The syntax is superb. The reason I gave it only 3 stars, however, is--like I said--because I personally didn't find the book interesting. She becomes repetitive. Her piety, the book's depressing tone, and some of the "incidents" referenced in the title are gruesome and difficult to read, especially the ones about slaves being physically abused. But it is considered a classic piece of feminine literature, and it certainly wouldn't hurt to read it. You'll probably have to read it eventually if you take liberal arts courses in English in college.

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Levon Valle why does it only show one star if you gave it three?

Samantha Oops. I fixed it.

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