Award-winning author Caryl Phillips shares the stories of three foreigners - displaced black men struggling to find a place in a white world. Each man's story is based on truth, re-imagined from a set of unique perspectives. Francis Barber, a Jamaican forced into slavery as a child, becomes the manservant and friend of literary legend Dr. Samuel Johnson. Randy Turpin beats Sugar Ray Robinson in 1951 to become, for a short time, middleweight champion of the world. David Oluwale, stowed away on a ship bound for England from West Africa, has dreams of becoming an engineer. Each man soon falls from grace, becoming just another face with the wrong color skin.
©2007 Caryl Phillips; (P)2008 Recorded Books
I was intrigued by the initial story, about Samuel Johnson's manservant, but it was pretty depressing in the end. And I just couldn't care less about boxing, so I only listened to a part of that story; it bored me to tears. The third one wasn't much more engaging, and I gave up.
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