I was struck while reading this novel by the care with which Hill maintained the narrative voice throughout the book. Shortly after, Aminata is once again reunited with Chekura, who has found out that Lindo helped arrange the selling of her child, who has since died. Because of her ability to read and write as well as her fluency in two African languages, Aminata is also hired to help record names in the book. After escaping to a nearby village and telling them her story, Aminata finally realizes what is more important than returning to Bayo is helping to free other enslaved people. Aminata was an incredible protagonist, and I wish more people could be like her. She witnesses many horrors and sorrows, and experiences them as well, that make her ponder the human nature and the hypocrisy of religions, even her own.
I started it this morning. The story was so compelling and so true to human behavior. I think it's partly because the word 'Negro' resonates differently in Canada. I'd still recommend the book, but I wish it had been better. She does this but we all know that a century later slavery still existed. This is definitely the best book I read in 2011 and one I will remember for a long time.
I found through this story, Aminata relays these terrible things that are happening to her, and I felt like nothing more than a bystander, albeit feeling sadness that these types of things really happened, much in the way I felt it when I learned about this in history class. I think this is a novel that everyone must read at least once in their lives. As I commence writing a paper about this novel I have begun delving into the actual history of black Loyalists in Nova Scotia and find that Hill's treatment of Birchtown does not deviate very far from the actual setting of history. The British refused to return the slaves, to whom they had promised freedom during the war for joining their cause. Now, I'm not one of those dinks who look to read popular novels see Da Vinci Code pinheads just so they can turn their haughty noses up on them and knock down averages , but I'm afraid my rating will knock this average down just a notch.
But I can't recommend this book highly enough. Did it change how you thought about the meaning of freedom? Aminata was an incredible protagonist, and I wish more people could be like her. Hakim Adi, author and reader in the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at Middlesex University, London. His first two novels were Some Great Thing and Any Known Blood, and his first non-fiction work to attract national attention was the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada. No group was all good or all bad, just human. As Hill, director Clement Virgo, and producer Damon D'Oliveira explain in the video above, during the Revolutionary War, the British promised freedom to any slaves who fought alongside them. Not only is the heroine of the novel a wonderfully vibrant and endearing personality, she is surrounded by many, equally believable, individuals.
I had found the island on a map. I think this box is not large enough to encompass what I learned from this book. Hill's novel was first published in Canada with the title The Book of Negroes, but. When Aminata arrives in London, the first thing she sees are the legless beggars on the street, the filth and crowds and pretensions. Hope, however, turns into gloom and despair. Hill's novel lets her relate her story in her own voice, direct and uncomplicated, yet subtle and insightful. It views historical events -- and the evils of slavery -- through a realistic and often sobering lens but tends to focus on the main character's strength and resilience rather than on the horrors of her struggles.
These are just a few examples; it was rather distracting. Since it's your student and not your child, might want to check with what you're allowed to say. Another irony is the rebellion in the American colony - Aminata is in New York when things get nasty, and constantly hears the white Americans talking about being slaves to the British, and fighting for their freedom. When their first baby is brutally abducted and sold by Appleby, Aminata vows that she will one day return to her homeland and escape her life in slavery. He becomes Aminata's unlikely friend.
If a grade 4 student is willing to read it, i'd say let them. What would she look like? It's an interesting historical period to be sure, but I think I'd rather learn about it from a non-fiction book than from a creaky, didactic, cardboard story posing as a novel. Oh yeah, and I loved reading about what New York City was like in the late 1700s. These days, that's a rare combination, so it goes without saying that The Book of Negroes is an instant classic that's worth your time and attention. In the early mornings from the bowels of the vessel the chanting voices represented not only an important ritual of recognition and respect, it was also a way of finding out who had made it through the night.
I suspect that I was born in 1745, or close to it. So far, it does not seem much different from Roots, but I will keep watching to see if something original turns up. There are moments of violence and cruelty, because that was largely the life of the black slaves, but while Aminata doesn't gloss over them, neither does she dwell on them in such detail that you shy away from the book. It has some mature themes but I'm sure If a grade 4 student is willing to read it, i'd say let them. This is the story of Aminata, stolen from her homeland in Africa and taken into slavery in America on the cusp of the Revolutionary War. The story is really about a woman and the hardships she went through.