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May 11, 2021rab1953 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This book explores the complications of freedom in a hostile world. Freedom from slavery and oppression are obviously highly desirable, and Edugyan shows how destructive plantation slavery was. The everyday fear of brutal punishment for…
Apr 30, 2021DracAthos rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I thought that this book was beautifully written but slightly far fetched. The fact that this young man was able to go from Barbados to Chesapeake to the Arctic and Nova Scotia as well as Europe and Morocco in 1835 made me highly…
Mar 24, 2021
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan is a story of a slave named George Washington “Wash” Black on a Caribbean plantation in the early 1800’s, a period of increasing enlightenment among individuals and the great inventions of the Industrial…
Feb 01, 2021Braat rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Great book, much better than his other one The Second life of..."
Jan 05, 2021
Maria recommended
Dec 16, 2020PDBurt rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Even though this was a page turner there was something not quite right about it. Washington finds a troubling freedom, has unbelievable adventures, is haunted by abandonment, falls in love, enjoys painting and sketching, is fascinated with…
Dec 11, 2020joe_strnad rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
One of my favorites I've read this year. Edugyan used a lot of 19th C vernacular - some readers may find difficult yet I appreciated the effort and style; helped maintain setting and tone of the story. Loved her descriptions of characters'…
Nov 17, 2020MileHighStar rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A wonderful book, very well written. I loved it from cover to cover.
Sep 21, 2020mmyjer20 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I liked this book. The author writes well. The story could've been a bit more exciting as you were lead to believe that the boy would be taken on many more adventures in the balloon. But I liked it.
Sep 13, 2020MaggieBrooklyn rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
historical fiction--bookriot list of 50 best historical fiction
Aug 23, 2020andreareads rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
There are brutal details of life on the slave plantation at the beginning of the book. Wash's life does get better, but be warned that the start of it makes for tough reading.
Aug 06, 2020Jenkskitten rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
A great story of an eight year old slave boy from Barbados growing into manhood. He encounters prejudice, fear, betrayal, scorn, tragedies and rejection, along with a God given talent, direction by welling meaning people, a scientific…
Jul 14, 20200Charlie rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I'm not quite sure how to describe this work. I was carried along with the adventures of the main character, Wash, a young black slave on a plantation in the Barbados in the early 1800's. He ends up travelling across the globe and I was…
Mar 13, 2020soublaki rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is an exceptional work of modern literature that I couldn’t put down. I felt a deep empathy for the protagonist Washington whose journey through slavery and beyond takes the reader on a voyage across land and seas towards…
Feb 07, 2020Blabbermouth rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
This story about Washington Black starts when he is an eleven year old slave in a Barbados sugar cane plantation. Two brothers are the white owners, one kind, one sadistic & cruel. The kind one shows favour to Washington & eventually they…
Jan 18, 2020gloryb rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
The beginning of the story reminded me of a young adult novel I had read 10 years ago called, "Octavian Nothing" where a black child is educated by a white scientist. The story was interesting until the end of the Arctic expedition and…
Dec 25, 2019
The writing, overall, is beautiful and evocative. But the plotting is random, and the characters, particularly the central character and narrator, are inconsistent and even contradictory. This makes it a difficult and demanding read.
Dec 13, 2019
Start on p. 59
Nov 29, 2019upshiftott rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
For me, this is a story about a person, who was born into an incredibly inhumane environment, but through circumstance was able to escape. Rather than graditude the protagonist became a "whiner" with an "axe to grind" , especially…
Oct 29, 2019derikam rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
This book goes in a way I wasn't expecting, especially given that it stared off about slavery. It also does some sci-fi-ish stuff that I appreciated.
Oct 02, 2019jstalmer rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
For obvious reasons, one can't help but think of Huck Finn when reading this novel. I would say the novel had all the markings of an adventure story via a fugitive tale and a family drama with a mystery folded in. There were some good…
Sep 12, 2019STPL_JessH rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I love this book and consider it a masterpiece. It is both brutal and beautiful, cruel and careful. Edugyan's writing is so masterful and I was fortunate enough to experience it through Dion Graham's passionate narration. This is a quest…
Sep 06, 2019kleokleopatra66 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
really intersting an engaging book, story. liked it alot. there are some ard to believ/explain things: how does a field sae with minimum reading capabilities, get to undrstand complicated mathmatical drawins and calculations? and how, des…
Aug 13, 2019
The young Washington Black can only anticipate a bleak future as a plantation slave until the owner's younger brother arrives in need of an assistant for his scientific work. Washington is thrown into adventure after adventure while…
Aug 12, 2019Estha rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Some historical lessons but I never really bought into the plot, and didn't like or believe in the characters.