Jun 28, 2011
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
Lawrence Hill is a master at transforming the neglected corners of history into brilliant imaginings, as engaging and revealing as only the best historical fiction can be. A sweeping story that transports the reader from a tribal African village to a plantation in the southern United States, from the teeming Halifax docks to the manor houses of London, The Book of Negroes introduces one of the strongest female characters in recent Canadian fiction, one who cuts a swath through a world hostile to her colour and her sex.
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The Book of Negroes is an unforgettable historical account of a young girl who is abducted from a small village in western Africa and sold as a slave. Although this story is a work of fiction, it is representative of the lives of millions of African people who suffered at the brutal hands of slave traders and slave owners.
I admired the strength and determination of Aminata Diallo (also known as Meena) as she faced the cruel world head on. She experienced unimaginable losses during her entire life, and atrocious treatment at the hands of the men who claimed to own her life. Through it all, she became a spokesperson for an entire generation of others who were so unfairly treated.
For a brutally honest portrayal of an extremely dark period of our history, please consider reading this book. A fantastic 5 out of 5.
In the US, this book is published under the name of Someone Knows My Name.
Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book for my own reading pleasure. I was not compensated for my thoughts.