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The Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill

The Book of Negroes

Author Lawrence Hill

  • Published: 2010-07-13
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Stars
From 425 Customers Review
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Lawrence Hill’s nationally bestselling novel has garnered praise and awards around the world. The Book of Negroes has won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and CBC Canada Reads, among many others. Lawrence Hill—and his remarkable character Aminata Diallo—have become household names throughout Canada.

Readers will follow the story of Aminata, an unforgettable heroine who cut a swath through an 18th-century world hostile to her colour and her sex. Abducted as an eleven-year-old child from her village in West Africa and put to work on an indigo plantation on the sea islands of South Carolina, Aminata survives by using midwifery skills learned at her mother’s side, and by drawing on a strength of character inherited from both parents. Eventually, she has the chance to register her name in the “Book of Negroes,” a historic British military ledger allowing 3,000 Black Loyalists passage on ships sailing from Manhattan to Nova Scotia.

This remarkable novel transports the reader from an African village to a plantation in the southern United States, from a soured refuge in Nova Scotia to the coast of Sierra Leone, in a back-to-Africa odyssey of 1,200 former slaves. Bringing vividly to life one of the strongest female characters in recent fiction, Lawrence Hill’s remarkable novel has become a Canadian classic.

Top Customer Reviews

  • The Book of Negroes

    From Webby deber
    An amazing book. Brings me to the time in Athabasca. My Mom and Dad owned the photo shop and a lady came from Amber Valley (a negro settlement just out of town) I was 4 at the time and Mom was hanging out laundry when Mrs Edwards came out of the shop in her lovely long coat and her purse over her arm when I noticed her and said, "Mommy, her face is black!" And with all the grace and dignity she bent down and cupped my little face in her hands and said, "Yes dear, it is, and yours is white." Then she place my little hand on her soft cheek. Explanation over. She was the loveliest lady and my Mom was so great full to her for her loving understanding after all sh'd been through coming through the trails to get to our community. Just loved your story so much! Deb (Preece) Weber.
  • book of Negroes

    From JCMundle
    Extremely inspiring. A profound piece that has been an eye opener.
  • Moving historical account of slavery

    From 1ellam
    An excellent account of slavery in America. The plight of the human spirit to achieve freedom is well depicted, and moving. It is a reminder for us all not to lose touch with our humanity.
  • Fantastic!

    From Cubanistagirl
    This book is in my personal Top 10. It should be required reading in every high school.
  • Left me wanting more

    From Zombie empress
    Could not put it down. You forget its a work of fiction and get so involved with the story you believe she is real. You will cry with her and feel her pain. Love this story.
  • How history should be told

    From milesonfoot
    Hill has accomplished a masterpiece marriage between historical fact and creative character development to establish for the reader an emotional connection that I have never experienced at this level before. One of the best if not most important novels I have ever read.
  • Great

    From The book bag
    Loved this book. It definitely lived up to all the glowing reviews. Captivating!!
  • Incredible

    From Fhhxhxhx
    Best book I've ever read! Works great reading it on my iPhone!
  • Amazing

    From xhamyx
    A truly amazing story
  • The book of negroes

    From gagnej_b
    Simply loved it!!! Couldn't stop reading.