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The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
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Oct 25, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, historical-fiction, bad-shit-and-atrocities, ebook_nook, politicalish, reviewed, the_south, tear-jerkers
Recommended to Becky by: Historical Fictionistas

I've wanted to read this book for a long time, so when it was chosen as a group read in my Historical Fiction group, I jumped at the chance to push it to the top of my list. And I'm very glad that I did.

Aminata Diallo was pulled from her home in Africa at 11, forced to walk 3 months to the coast, crossed the Atlantic on a slave ship, and then was sold into slavery. From there, her story veers off in unexpected directions, and I found myself fascinated and completely wrapped up in her life and all of it's hardships and losses.

I loved Aminata. I loved her intelligence, her perseverance, her strength to keep going after every stumble and setback and heartbreak. I knew where she'd end up - that's where we start her story - but I didn't know how we'd get there. Throughout the story there's this sense of perilous doom that hangs overhead. It wouldn't be a tale about slavery and human cruelty if there wasn't. But at the same time, there's a distinct sense of hope and purpose that made me want to keep travelling with Aminata, to keep seeing what was around the next bend of the road.

The writing was beautiful. A joy to read, really. I marked so many quotes on my nook while reading this one. I was drawn completely into Aminata's world, no matter where she was. I could see it, hear it, smell it, feel it.

There were some inconsistencies regarding the dates, and toward the end, there were quite a few repetitive thoughts, but overall, I loved this story. Very glad that I read it.
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Reading Progress

October 25, 2008 – Shelved
January 21, 2012 – Started Reading
January 21, 2012 –
3.0%
January 21, 2012 –
8.0%
January 22, 2012 –
17.0%
January 22, 2012 –
21.0% "Wow... No glossing over anything here. This is brutal."
January 27, 2012 –
39.0%
January 29, 2012 –
48.0% "Book three already? Wow. I am so loving this book. It's heartbreaking in such a subtle way."
January 29, 2012 –
75.0%
January 29, 2012 –
100.0%
January 29, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012
January 29, 2012 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
January 29, 2012 – Shelved as: bad-shit-and-atrocities
January 29, 2012 – Shelved as: ebook_nook
January 29, 2012 – Shelved as: politicalish
January 29, 2012 – Shelved as: reviewed
January 29, 2012 – Shelved as: the_south
January 29, 2012 – Shelved as: tear-jerkers
January 29, 2012 – Finished Reading

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Trudi Hey, I'm reading this for my real life book club next month! It's been on my TBR list for AGES. Looking forward to it though!


Becky Trudi wrote: "Hey, I'm reading this for my real life book club next month! It's been on my TBR list for AGES. Looking forward to it though!"

It was chosen for my Historical Fiction group this month. I'm looking forward to it as well. I've read 2 whole pages, and I like it so far! LOL


Trish Mongey I would say, among the BEST I've ever read.


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