Enslaved on a South Carolina plantation, Aminata works in the indigo fields and as a midÂwife. When she is bought by an entrepreneur from Charleston, she is torn from friends and family. The chaos of the Revolutionary War allows her to escape.
In British-held Manhattan, she helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for wartime service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. During her travels in Canada, Sierra Leone, and England, Aminata strives for her freedom and that of her people - even when it comes at a price.
In this captivating novel, Hill portrays one woman's remarkable spirit and strength in the face of adversity, and he brings to life crucial and little-known chapters in world history.
©2007 Lawrence Hill; (P)2007 Books on Tape
"Stunning, wrenching and inspiring....Hill's book is a harrowing, breathtaking tour de force." (Publishers Weekly)
Loved the bittersweet story. Read this book twice and recommended it to a few. Only wish there was a part two.
Very well written. Great background and story telling. A must read. One of the best audible books I've "read"
One of the best!
I absolutely loved the voice of the narrator....Adenrle Ojo kept my attention non stop. I am enthralled with the story line and the historical perspective that awakened me to learn more of my history. Mr. Hill is a masterful storyteller.
No, but I will look for other books narrated by her as a result of reading this book.
Yes....Growing up in the U.S. there is so much I don't know that is underneath the long time oppression of people of color. Mr. Hill did an amazing job of weaving in the fascination and the contempt of those who thought themselves to be in power.
A work of historical fiction that is intriguing and is well told.This story tells me how important the storyteller is to our lives -- itis spell binding!
this story is just wonderful. I would highly recommend it for anyone who enjoyed "The Help" takes you back to a time that is hard to believe. Pulls at your heart and soul. .
Performance was excellent. Adenrele Ojo is a real professional.
There are times I wonder why am continue to listen, never once with this book.
Yes I would listen to it again. I am so sad that it's over. It kept me wanting more. And now I am done and I want more.
The main character of course.
I think this is an awesome book. I hope Lawarence has something else looming.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
I really liked and appreciated this book! I suppose it wasn't QUITE as much of a page turner as The Kitchen House (my last book,which was also about slavery) so I didn't give it 5 stars, BUT it really was a better or more informative historical novel, in a way. It is a fictional slave narrative, based on the author's exhaustive research into slave narratives and slave history. The story was good, but what separated it as far as the history goes was that it dealt with slavery in the early 1700's and slavery right as the Revolutionary War was being fought... and then with the slave migration to Nova Scotia and back to Sierra Leone and THEN to the abolitionists in London in the early 1800's. It was told from the point of view of an African woman who was abducted and sold into slavery when she was 11. The stories from these various time periods and countries were new to me. It was so interesting and ironic to hear her point out, when the American Revolutionaries wanted their "freedom" from England, that they didn't even have an inkling of what it was like not to be free. This is something one doesn't' normally think about along with Paul Revere! And, as I said, the story WAS really good! I found myself celebrating and also crying with Aminita, the narrator. Marilyn, if you're reading this, I think you'd like it!
This book was powerful, and although over 18 hours long--it will keep your attention the entire time. The author wrote this book as if painting an oil painting--you could easily formulate the scenes in your mind, and the narrator is well gifted.
Best book I have listened to since the Book of Night Women.
Wonderfully imaginative epic; extremely detailed and informative. I look forward to listening to the entire story again, its that great, you get lost in it.
The beginning of the book moves a bit slowly, but stick with it because the rest of the book is excellent! The characters are rich, and you feel as if you are right there with them in the story. Lawrence Hill has done a wonderful job with this book! The narrator's voice is perfect; everyone should give this book a chance.
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