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)
Well written, and the reader really brought it to like with all the different accents and languages. such a true to life story, made me feel as if I experienced it along with the characters.
I loved the lilt of the narrator. the story had many vivid details and I felt I was there with her. shared her plight and terror and injustices.
Loved the bittersweet story. Read this book twice and recommended it to a few. Only wish there was a part two.
I really, really loved this memoir! Very detailing and I laughed and cried just about all at the same time! Sad at times and shocked but it kept my attention and I couldn't put it down. It was like I lived there and I felt Aminatah"s pain. Beautiful and talented narrator as well!
I loved this book even though it is always hard to listen to human beings being so evil to other human beings. It is a gripping story and kept me entranced every minute.
Did you know that Lawrence Hill, the author of The book of negros, otherwise known as Someone knows my name, is Canadian? I to am Canadian and have wanted to listen to this book for years. Due to some contractual agreements made somewhere, the audiobook is not available in Canada. Only recently I traveled to Europe and thought to purchase the book and download it while still abroad. I'm glad I did, it's a great book and wonderful performance, well worth the trip to Europe that it took to get it.
This book is a descriptive account of a difficult period in history. The story is long but well worth the time it takes to finish. I preferred the book over the film/movie version. The book provides more in depth insight to the main character's thoughts, actions & desires. The book was DEFINITELY worth the credit spent to access it!
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