ISBN 9780385616263,The Book of Negroes

The Book of Negroes

Author:

Lawrence Hill

Publisher:

Transworld

Rs999

Publisher

Transworld

Publication Year 2009
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780385616263

ISBN-10 0385616260
Binding

Hard Back

Number of Pages 496 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Modern fiction

Based on a true story, The Book of Negroes tells the story of Aminata, a young girl abducted from her village in Mali aged 11 in 1755, and who, after a deathly journey on a slave ship where she witnesses the brutal repression of a slave revolt, is sold to a plantation owner in South Carolina, who rapes her. She is brought to New York, where she escapes her owner, and finds herself helping the British by recording all the freed slaves on the British side in the Revolutionary War in The Book of Negroes (a real historical document that can be found today at the National Archives at Kew). Aminata is sent to Nova Scotia to start a new life, but finds more hostility, oppression and tragedy. Separated from her one true love, and suffering the unimaginable loss of both her children who are taken away from her, she eventually joins a group of freed slaves on a harrowing odyssey back to Africa, and ends up in London as a living icon for Wilberforce and the other Abolitionists.

The Book of Negroes is a pageturning narrative that manages to use Aminata's heart-rending personal story to bring to life a harrowing chapter in our history.
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