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Touched with Fire by Christopher Datta
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I found Touched With Fire an interesting read. I don't read much historical fiction and was a little disappointed when I found out that the second half of the book was entirely fictional, although it was still based on real life events that happened to other people (just not the Crafts). The book was on a whole a breeze to read through. I suppose, being far removed from the Civil War or anything American (other than what I read), I wouldn't be the best person to give comments about authenticity or stuff like that, but I'd just say that I felt it was quite a realistic read.

I liked the voices that Datta gave to both Ellie and William Craft, and the way he contrasted them against the Collins and the White society as a whole. In most books we only see one side of the story, and the way Datta shows both in Touched With Fire serves to play up the conflict between the two. It is this contrast in the way that the Collins think of Ellie and the way she sees herself that makes you stop and think about the way we think about people of other races even now. It's sad to know that we still tend to have that same kind of reaction to people of other races, as if just because they have a different skin colour than ours, they are somehow "less" in some way, especially if they are not as successful as a society.

p/s The actual story of William and Ellen Craft here: http://jezebel.com/ellen-craft-the-sl...
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Reading Progress

March 25, 2014 – Started Reading
March 25, 2014 – Shelved
March 25, 2014 – Shelved as: e-books
March 25, 2014 – Shelved as: review-copy
March 28, 2014 –
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March 30, 2014 – Finished Reading

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