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The Book of Negroes

Hill, Lawrence (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Follows the story of Aminata Diallo, as she is kidnapped from her village in Africa and put to work in a slave plantation in South Carolina, to her journey back to Africa through Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone.
Authors: Hill, Lawrence, 1957-
Title: The book of negroes
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2007
Summary: Follows the story of Aminata Diallo, as she is kidnapped from her village in Africa and put to work in a slave plantation in South Carolina, to her journey back to Africa through Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone.
ISBN: 9780002255073
0002255073
Branch Call Number: FIC HILL
Statement of Responsibility: Lawrence Hill
Subject Headings: Women slaves Fiction Slavery Fiction Slaves United States Fiction African American loyalists Fiction Black loyalists Nova Scotia Fiction African American loyalists Sierra Leone Fiction Antislavery movements Great Britain Fiction United States History Revolution, 1775-1783 Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Topical Term: Women slaves
Slavery
Slaves
African American loyalists
Black loyalists
African American loyalists
Antislavery movements
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Comment by: mayfairlady Apr 18, 2014

An amazing story of one woman's life as she survives despite deplorable conditions and times.


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Apr 18, 2014
  • mayfairlady rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An amazing story of one woman's life as she survives despite deplorable conditions and times.

Feb 18, 2014
  • stewstealth rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a well crafted novel that is very engrossing. Due to the subject matter there are obviously some despicable happenings but that should not stop anyone from reading it. It is not done in a prurient fashion. There were one or two themes that I wished the author explored further but regardless of that fact the book is excellent.

Jan 05, 2014
  • K_ROK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a fantastic book. Excellent historical read with a powerful story.

I read this book last year and thoroughly enjoyed it - powerful, thought provoking stuff - a great story, and really well written. What more can I say - Kudos to Mr. Hill for his courage and skill !

Nov 10, 2013
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic book. Difficult to read at times but that's the point. Fun tidbit: The author's brother is Dan Hill, known for his "Sometimes When We Touch" song!

Oct 26, 2013
  • nat_cyr0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing characters and plot in this book, this is one book that you simply must read if you love history. Lawrence Hill is a good author.

Aug 06, 2013
  • alevgiannubilo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Last chapter, will be sad when it ends, amazing book

Jul 18, 2013
  • lizpar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Holy schlamoly this book is long. That being said, I think you will find it a very rewarding read if you make it the whole way through. Definitely a must for a history buff.

Jun 17, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Born in Toronto in 1957, Hill is the son of a black man and a white woman, both civil rights activists. In this breathtaking, wrenching and inspiring novel, he depicts the life of a woman who survives history’s most trying conditions through force of intelligence and personality: Aminata Diallo, born in Bayo, West Africa, in 1745.

Best book in this category yet that I have read

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Mar 19, 2014
  • purplecow03 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Aug 16, 2010
  • mbazal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lawrence Hill's fictional biography, The Book of Negroes, grabs the reader from the first sentence. Aminata Diallo lives in the village of Bayo in West Africa and, because her mother and father come from different groups, speaks both their languages. In 1745, at eleven years old, Aminata is stolen from her village by slavers and marched three months westward to the Atlantic Ocean. Once there, she is placed on a slave ship and transported to South Carolina where she is sold to an indigo producer.

The girl endures hellish conditions both in the slave ship and on the indigo plantation, but is finally sold to a family her takes her to the infant city of New York. Aminata never loses her determination to escape captivity and to return to her village, but her life leads her into paths that she cannot predict.

Hill not only tells a fascinating story, he also presents a very readable history of the conditions and economic levers driving slavery. The book takesthe reader across continents, oceans, and countries, as well as through the factors that forced Britain to outlaw slavery at home and in its colonies.

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Aug 16, 2010
  • mbazal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Aug 16, 2010
  • mbazal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Aug 30, 2013
  • Jerath rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"When it comes to understanding others, we rarely tax our imaginations." -Aminata Diallo

Aug 16, 2010
  • mbazal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I have escaped violent endings even as they have surrounded me. But I never had the privilege of holding onto my children living with him, raising them the way my own parents raised me for ten or eleven years until all of our lives were torn asunder." - Aminata Diallo

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