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)
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!
It is at the top of the list.
Aminata Diallo - She was not just a survivor, she was intelligent, vulnerable, and graceful.
No. However, I will be.
I would not, nor I could not come up with a more fitting name.
As a black woman, I had great trepidation in reading this book. Even at my age, and to a degree, somewhat removed from the injustices (and/or repercussions) of slavery, I feel the pain of my parents and ancestors. I still see the damage my parents have endured to make their parents, who have passed on, proud. Their stories (and those as old as my great grandmother, who was born in 1889 and died in 1992) are still vivid in my mind. It sometimes torture my thoughts, knowing what they all endured. As a result of that pain, I attempted to take a more apathetic stance, living my life, and just "staying in the moment"....until now.Bravo Lawrence Hill! You awakened the spirit of the ancestors within me. Although Aminata's life is fictional, the historical accounts were, without question, an accurate (more than likely tame interpretation) of a slave's life, by comparison to an autobiographical version, of someone of similar circumstances. Having said that, I could not put the book down. I had to finish it, as quickly as possible.There is no way to end the story without having a more enlightened view of humanity. I will no longer say "I don't want to know. I don't think I can handle it." Instead, I will constantly remember that no matter what, I will not allow the torture and injustices of my African, and African-American, forefathers' lives to be in vain.I owe it to myself, and my children, to insatiably learn more about my ancestors' past, so that I may more consciously and positively impact their future, as well as anyone else around me. I am foregoing ahead, to learn more and celebrate those who so bravely (absent of choice) paved the road before me.Please read the book. Push through some of the uncomfortable, yet poignantly described details. I am the better for having done so myself.
I hated it to end!
I wanted it to continue, but
A beautiful ending!
So well written I could "see" it as it happened!
Excellent book...take the time to listen...
Enjoyed it ....enjoyed the movie but the book is so much better and worth it!!!
The narrator's enthusiasm maintain my interest in this most horrific story. it was as if she was detailing her own life story.
One could say my tastes in books are nonsequators because I have no favorite author or genre. I hold over 300 books in my audible library
This is the first book that I have watched the movie/ mini series first and read the book second. I usually do not do that because they leave so much out or change details in the film version. This time I was not disappointed, sure they had changed a few things In the film but for the most part they stayed true to the story.
The narrator for this was amazing, she transported me to every destination with all manner of emotions. The story was just detailed enough to paint a picture but not too detailed so I felt bored.
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