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Washington Black
by Esi Edugyan

Published: 2019-04-09
Paperback : 400 pages
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One of the TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR New York Times Book Review

One of the Best Books of the Year
The Boston Globe ? The Washington Post ? Time ? Entertainment Weekly ? San Francisco Chronicle ? Financial Times ? Minneapolis Star Tribune ? NPR ? The Economist ? Bustle ? The Dallas Morning News ? Slate ? Kirkus Reviews
One of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of the Year


Eleven-year-old George Washington Black—or Wash—a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen as the manservant of his master’s brother. To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.
 
But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, they must abandon everything and flee together. Over the course of their travels, what brings Wash and Christopher together will tear them apart, propelling Wash ever farther across the globe in search of his true self. Spanning the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, London to Morocco, Washington Black is a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, and of a world destroyed and made whole again.

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  "A book about the inhumanity of slavery"by thewanderingjew (see profile) 04/21/19

Washington black, Esi Edugyan, author; Dion Graham, narrator
In the first third of the 19th century, slavery would soon be a thing of the past on the island of Barbados, but before it ended
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  "Promising, but lets you down"by norris47williams@gmail.com (see profile) 03/11/19

The first few chapters of this book are exciting and introduce interesting characters. The remainder, however, is not believable and weak in character development.

 
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