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The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
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May 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, read-in2012, favorites
Read from March 10, 2011 to May 06, 2012

Hill portrays an amazing life in this work of historical fiction. I loved the voice of the protagonist, Aminata. Despite the horror, loss, cruelty and injustice she has suffered she came across as a strong, intelligent, loving and hopeful woman. I was shocked at the cruelty and horrid conditions that Africans faced through the process of being stolen by slar traders, transported in appalling conditions via ships and abused at the hands of their "owners". Although far fetched in that this one woman would be present at many of the defining moments of the slave trade (ie. Charles Town, Canvas Town, Black Loyalists, Sierra Leone, return to the depths of te African interior, meet the King and Queen, abolition) it works to illustrate a sense of the attitudes and perceptions of one of the darkest times in human history. Again, I am shocked at how cruel humans can be to one another and the strength of the human spirit to rise above hatred to love, hope and rejoice, even in darkness. I will remember this book for a long time.

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Alexis He was just here giving a lecture a couple weeks ago. He is an amazing man. I was once emailing him years ago about mixed issues. This was before the book came out, when I was living in Vancouver. He remembered I was there, and sent me an email inviting me to his reading, which I thought was super nice. I am a huge fan of both him and his work.

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