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The Book of Negroes (2007)

de Lawrence Hill

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A sweeping story that introduces one of the strongest female characters in recent fiction. Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom--and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War ... In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for "adventurers" to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public. This captivating story of one woman's remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history.… (més)
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    Un equilibri perfecte de Rohinton Mistry (LDVoorberg)
  2. 74
    La Bíblia de l'arbre del verí de Barbara Kingsolver (Bcteagirl)
    Bcteagirl: The book has a similar familial tone and is also told from the point of view of young girls growing up in a difficult situation. I had been looking for a book with a similar writing style and was happy to find this one. If you liked The Book of Negroes I recommend The Poisonwood Bible and vice versa.… (més)
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    Una Benedicció de Toni Morrison (tangentialine)
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    The Life of Olaudah Equiano de Olaudah Equiano (tangentialine)
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    Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty de Cassandra Pybus (susanbooks)
    susanbooks: Pybus offers a brilliant nonfiction account of the events in Hill's novel, as well as extending the story to penal colonies in Australia.
  6. 10
    Slave: My True Story de Mende Nazer (_Lana_)
    _Lana_: If you enjoyed reading about slavery in a historical setting you might be interested in a true-tale of slavery’s modern form. Both books also have strong female protagonists.
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    The Classic Slave Narratives de Henry Louis Jr Gates (Cecilturtle)
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    The Kitchen House de Kathleen Grissom (vancouverdeb)
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Vivid and compelling! ( )
  Richard_Bradshaw | Jan 22, 2022 |
Boeiend verteld verhaal over Aminata, een Afrikaans meisje dat als kind wordt geroofd en als slavin verkocht kn Amerika. Ze heeft van haar moeder de beginselen geleerd van het helpen bij bevallingen en daardoor houdt ze zich staande, ze verdient er respect mee en ook haar brood. Ze vlucht, wordt uiteindelijk vrij gelaten, reist, krijgt met haar geliefde 2 kinderen, eentje wordt als baby al bij haar weggehaald en verkocht, de andere wordt ontvoerd door een wit echtpaar en vindt ze later, kn Londen terug. Ze maakt veel omzwervingen, leert lezen en schrijven, leeft in allerlei gemeenschappen, reist naar Nova Scotia en later naar Sierra Leone, en uiteindelijk naar Londen.
Een tikje ongeloofwaardig hier en daar maar wel een mooi verhaal. ( )
  vuurziel | Nov 18, 2021 |
There are some books out there that make themselves in their own melancholie. Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go" comes to mind as a book that really needs its melancholy to make it great. There are other books, though, that seem to be naturally predisposed for melancholy, and yet somehow manage to avoid relying on it for greatness. Lawrence Hill's "The Book Of Negroes" is just such a book. For all its sadness, it's lasting impression is one of strength and hope. It is unexpected, and that is part of what makes it great.

The real reason this books is as good as it is its heroine. Readers meet her as an intelligent and sprightly young girl named Aminata in Africa, and follow her though her journey acroos the ocean and as a slave in 18th century America and beyond. At no point is she inhuman. At no point is she uninspiring.

For all her trails, and for all the vivid descriptions of those hardships, she is entirely believable. This is a rare quality in a protagonist, where the impulse is generally to show strength at every turn. Instead, we are exposed to her weaknesses and failures, and are thankful for the many people that help her throughout her grand adventure. We admire her intellegence in not only accumulating knowledge often refused her companions, but her modesty in accepting the help that allows her survival. She is a role model in so many ways, I cannot imagine not recommending this work for any young person as a reference for the types of character virtues that we should all try to cultivate in ourselves.

I would be remiss if I did not give ample credit to the author's merciless depiction of the conditions that the african slaves endured during the time wherin this story is set. If it went without saying that these are important notes to keep fresh in our minds even centuries later, then many of the dark truths we all fail to acknowledge today wouldn't exist. This is what a good piece of fiction should be-- every bit as poignant in setting as it is in anything else. ( )
  dowswell | Jul 25, 2021 |
An absolutely brilliant read. Highly recommended. ( )
  JBD1 | Feb 20, 2021 |
Excellent! ( )
  BobbieJR | Jan 14, 2021 |
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With mature themes (e.g., a rape scene on the ship, descriptive killings, and sexual situations), this book is suited for older teens. Hill clearly researched multiple and sources to provide an accurate acount of Aminata's heroic journey and brings to life crucial world history. Teens who enjoyed Sharon Draper's Copper Sun will appreciate this page-turning novel.
afegit per Christa_Josh | editaSchool Library Journal, Gregory Lum (Mar 1, 2008)
 
An unforgettable epic, seen through the eyes of a sharply realized, indomitable heroine.
afegit per Christa_Josh | editaBooklist, Sarah Johnson (Oct 15, 2007)
 
Unfortunately, [Hill's] didactic purpose gets the upper hand and overwhelms the story. Aminata is simply too noble to be believable, and other major characters are mainly symbolic. Nevertheless, Hill's fascinating source material makes this a good choice for book clubs and discussion groups.
afegit per Christa_Josh | editaLibrary Journal, Edward St. John (Oct 1, 2007)
 
In depicting a woman who survives history's most trying conditions through force of intelligence and personality, Hill's book is a harrowing, breathtaking tour de force.
afegit per Christa_Josh | editaPublishers Weekly (Sep 3, 2007)
 
Livet som slave: Velbalansert historisk fiksjon om slavehandelen og ondskapens banalitet
afegit per annek49 | editaDagbladet, Cathrine Krøger (Jun 29, 2006)
 

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Hill, Lawrenceautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Howard, RobAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sakulensky, LisaAuthor Photoautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Willems, IneTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore choose life.

--Deuteronomy 30:19
So geographers, in Afric-maps,

With savage-pictures fill their gaps;
And o'er unhabitable downs
Place elephants for want of towns.
--Jonathan Swift
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For my daughter, and kindred spirit, Genevieve Aminata
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The Book of Negroes (2007) was published as Someone Knows My Name in the U.S.A, Australia, and New Zealand.
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A sweeping story that introduces one of the strongest female characters in recent fiction. Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom--and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War ... In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for "adventurers" to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public. This captivating story of one woman's remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history.

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