The Book of Negroes by Marcus Moller Larsen

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6 Critic Reviews

The first half of this book is a quite remarkable achievement, and if the credibility begins to falter, the writing never does.
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Synopsis

"You feel you are turning the pages of history, the pages of truth."―Austin Clarke, author of The Polished Hoe

Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom―and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for "adventurers" to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public. This captivating story of one woman's remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history.
 

About Marcus Moller Larsen

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LAWRENCE HILL is the author of several novels and works of non-fiction, including the nationally bestselling The Book of Negroes, Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada, and Some Great Thing. He also co-authored, with Joshua Key, The Deserter's Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq. Lawrence Hill lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Visit his website at www.lawrencehill.com .
 
Published November 17, 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company. 502 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Guardian

Above average
on Jan 24 2009

The first half of this book is a quite remarkable achievement, and if the credibility begins to falter, the writing never does.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Sep 20 2010

The Book of Negroes, falling into the historical-fiction genre, is so engaging, enraging, and inspiring, it should jump to the top of everyone's reading list.

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Examiner

Good
on Feb 25 2010

This book truly deserves all of the accolades it has received.

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The Independent

Excellent
on Mar 01 2009

This historical novel, which spans the globe and a lifetime, is a colossal achievement

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The Bookbag

Above average
on Sep 09 2012

If you are prepared to work through it, you will be rewarded by a compelling story

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Gather Books

Good
on Sep 11 2012

This is a wonderful novel.

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