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The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
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Sep 17, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction, classics
Read in December, 2008

This is a superb novel, beautifully written with a unique voice. Nat Turner is a compelling character and he provides a fascinating perspective on race and slavery. There was criticism about this book being written by a white man who could not describe what it “really” felt like to be a slave. Well, I don’t believe a black author writing in 1967 could have done so, either, since slavery had been abolished more than 100 years earlier. There is no way to completely understand or identify with someone like the historic Nat Turner. I am not taking this book as a true account of what motivated this particular slave to murder, nor am I taking it as an authentic history of the time or the people. Instead, I accepted the Nat Turner in Styron’s book for what he is: a fictional character of many dimensions and passions who caused me to rethink some of my own feelings and beliefs.
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Michael I read this when I was a freshman in college and enjoyed the power of Styron's writing. I have meant to reread over the years , however I haven't.

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