The book of negroes

Reviews Rated 5 out of 5 by Jayjay from Fantastic Read I read this in school and it was hands down one of the best books I have ever read.

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This book is so good, i found it difficult to put it down for even a trip to the fridge!! Very emotional and well-written. This ruins the relationship Aminata has had with Lindo. Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by Elisebeth from Best book I have ever read If nothing else, this book highlights the fact that, no matter what colour you are or what your diet is, we are all human and share this intangible thing called human nature. Her own people don't come off smelling of roses either. Aminata doesn't need to point out anything here, and I don't think I do either. It tells the story of a brutal past. Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by HayBautista from Powerful Very powerful book - was asked to read it as apart of my literature class but turned out to be one of the best books I ever read!

I ordered this book because the story seemed fascinating and it received rave reviews when it came out a while ago.

Aminata helps Clarkson to gather people from the community, and eventually they all leave for a better future.

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During these difficult times, her daughter is stolen from her by a white couple. Yet through it all she does not succumb to anger or hatred; she wants only to be together with her husband, Chekura, and their children, who are all taken from her.

The book of negroes

Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by paperandbinding from a must read for all This is the life story of Aminata Diallo. Aminata's journey to London and her biography have precedents in the life stories of men such as Ignatius Sancho and Olaudah Equiano. It is one of the best books I've ever read. In a frenzy, I wiped a mass of wriggling white worms from my ankle. Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by HayBautista from Powerful Very powerful book - was asked to read it as apart of my literature class but turned out to be one of the best books I ever read! She is eventually reunited with her daughter May, and May cares for Aminata until her dying day. It was a pleasure to read and a great eye opener to the struggles and triumphs of that era. The opportunity to return to Africa - the dream she's always had - comes her way, but if she ever wants to see her home village of Bayo again she'll have to make a deal with the devil. The book is very compelling.

The title, The Book of Negroes, references one of many migratory experiences in the novel. In America, Aminata is sold into slavery and is taken to an indigo plantation in South Carolina.

After escaping to a nearby village and telling them her story, Aminata finally realizes what is more important than returning to her home village of Bayo is helping to free other enslaved people.

You will not be disappointed. In my country, few people have complained to me about the title, and nobody continues to do so after I explain its historical origins.

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In secret, Aminata learns to read from a fellow slave and her literacy skills later prove instrumental to her emancipation. The Book of Negroes is a masterpiece of historical literature, capturing the contradictions of the human condition in graceful, honest prose, and gifting us with a new, entirely sympathetic protagonist.

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Most are sent to Nova Scotia, including Aminata. The back of the book included a description by the author about which parts of the book were real and which were fictional, and I was amazed by how many true events were incorporated into this book. I don't mean that Hill paints an uneven picture - far from it, the rendering of history into something visceral, tangible, grants perspective and context. Development and production[ edit ] The title of the series and the novel is derived from an historical document which records names and descriptions of 3, African-American slaves who escaped to the British lines during the American Revolution and were evacuated by the British by ship to points in Nova Scotia as freed men. She falls in love and marries a fellow West African slave named Chekura, but when their baby is brutally abducted and sold by jealous slave master, Robinson Appleby,Aminata tries to find her child later and vows to return one day to her homeland. Main article: The Book of Negroes miniseries In , Canadian production company Conquering Lion Pictures announced it had acquired the film rights to the novel. It recounts the story of slaves through the eyes of a young girl all the way up to adulthood. Again and again, Aminata encounters promises and proclamations that appear to be well-intentioned, but in each case she watches as those pledges are abandoned, reversed, or simply fail because the economic, political, and material temptations of slavery consistently overpower ethical intentions.

My character, an African woman named Aminata Diallo whose story is based on this history, has to get into the book before she gets out. Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by Lelou from Heart-wrencher Simply amazing.

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Very emotional and well-written. Your review has been submitted and will appear here shortly. It is truly a great story and I love how Lawrence Hill interwove fact with fiction. As the author, Hill is also producing a public literary document which depicts and brings attention to a particular aspect of history that has gone unnoticed or been silenced in the historical record and contemporary culture. In secret, Aminata learns to read from a fellow slave and her literacy skills later prove instrumental to her emancipation. A must read. Its French translation, titled Aminata, was defended by Thomas Hellman in the edition of Le Combat des livres , and won that competition as well, becoming the only title to date to have won both the English and French editions of the competition. Even though she is a fictional character in a fictional account, she deserves to be heard by us as well. The Atlantic slave trade and slavery in Africa , the Middle Passage between Africa and the Americas on slave ships , and revolts onboard such as La Amistad , are all well-documented. Many people are turned off by the length of this book, but it was a quick word. Aminata is unflinchingly honest with herself and others, and by being so thoroughly in her head, she gives us what the Africans needed most during slavery: a voice, the understanding that she's just like us, not some black beast from darkest Africa - heathen, barbarian, uncivilised. Under my foot was the body of a naked, decomposing man. Gives you real insight of slavery. Date published: Rated 4 out of 5 by Astro from Great read An interesting, thought-provoking, and inspiring novel. However, longing to return to her village in the interior of Africa, Aminata negotiates with a slave trader to take her there.

I loved the character of Aminata and she will forever be with me.

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