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Song Yet Sung by James McBride
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Mar 16, 08

Read in March, 2008

I was absorbed in this book from start to finish. The storyline is superb and the characters are complex. It weaves gender, race, class, and geography to create a very real and moving portrait of what is must have been like to live during this time in eastern Maryland. McBride does an excellent job in the "gray" areas of the last 13 years of slavery. You really see how the institution dehumanized everyone, even the so called "civilized" people.

The book does an excellent job in dealing with questions such as

What does it mean to be free?
What does it mean to be human?
What does it mean to own another person?
What are people willing to do for money?
What does it mean to be loyal?
Who is an ally? Enemy?

A final note: I am not sure I would have read it as soon as I did but I was attracted to the book by it's hauntingly beautiful cover when I was at my local bookstore.
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