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Incomparable World

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In the years just after the American Revolution, London was the unlikely refuge for thousands of black Americans who had fought for the British in exchange for a promise of freedom. Incomparable World is their story, an unconventional debut novel that follows the adventures of three African Americans who have escaped their master's lash only to find themselves outcast once ...more
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published August 17th 1998 by George Braziller Inc. (first published August 1998)
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K.J. Charles
A hugely powerful short novel of former US slaves turned Revolutionary War soldiers now scraping an existence in London in the 1780s when Britain's black population was at its pre 20th century peak.

This is amazing. Full of historical detail including a lot of real people, and rammed with the stench and filth of the city. Terrific sense of place and time.

It is a brutal book in some ways because those were brutal times. England's perfidy to the soldiers it used is clear, as is the endemic racism
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Emer Martin
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, a glimpse into a world in a certain point of history that is indeed incomparable. Martin has the ability to create complex characters, his prose flows beautifully and the over all effect is one of profound empathy for the characters. Highly recommended.
Cheryl Parkinson PhD
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting to see what the world used to be like for us. Humour inside made me chuckle in places, but felt incredibly sorry for the protagonist. Glad he got a happy ending of sorts... And Charlotte? well... lol
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