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Middle Passage by Charles R. Johnson
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Mar 16, 2011

really liked it
Recommended for: Students, sea-tale lovers

I purchased this book for my classroom library because it is a National Book Award winner. I was surprised by the amount of PG sex in the book. I like the protagonist, he's a sort of Han Solo of the seas; a man of dishonorable reputation but deep-seated honorable intentions. As a freed slave, he sets about a life of debauchery in New Orleans, only to get into trouble with the areas equivalent of Jabba the Hutt. He stows aboard a ship in the harbor, only to find out late that it's a slaver bound to pick up its nefarious cargo in Africa. What he didn't count on was that the captain (a sort of milder Wulf Larsen)is taking on more than slaves, he's taking on an African god. Chaos ensues!
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