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  1. says:

    5 stars for part one of the book because it excited my interest.4 stars for the generally, really wonderful writing.3 stars for the second part of the book, good but elements were starting not to hang together.2 stars for the third part because I was getting fed up with tell rather than show.1 star for the sheer, dragging boredom of all the unlikely things that happen and the just as unlikely rationales, and having to wade my way through what now seems like turgid prose just to say I finished t 5 stars for part one of the book because it excited my interest.4 stars for the generally, really wonderful writing.3 stars for the second part of the book, good but elements were starting not to hang together.2 stars for the third part because I was getting fed up with tell rather than show.1 star for the sheer, dragging boredom of all the unlikely things that happen and the just as unlikely rationales, and having to wade my way through what now seems like turgid ...


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    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018My seventh book from the longlist is another choice that may have surprised people, and I found it a very enjoyable read It gives the adventure story a modern twist by making its eponymous hero a slave born on a plantation in Barbados in the early 19th century The Faith Plantation s owner has died, leaving it in the hands of the sadistic and barbarous Erasmus Wilde, almost a caricature villain Brought into the house as a waiter, Wash catches the eye of Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018My seventh book from the longlist is another choice that may have surprised people, and I found it a very enjoyable read It gives the adventure story a modern twist by making its eponymous hero a slave born on a plantation in Barbados in the early 19th century The Faith Plantation s owner has died, leaving it in the hands of the sadistic and barbarous Erasmus Wilde, almost a caricature villain Brought into the house as a waiter, Wash catches the eye of the owner s brother Titch Christopher , who takes him on as an assistant to help him realise his innovative balloon known as the Cloud Cutter, and he soon attracts attention for his skilful drawing.The brothers are at odds, and Wash becomes a pawn in their battle, which puts him in mortal danger, but Titch proposes their escape on th...


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    A man who has belonged to another learns very early to observe a master s eyes what I saw in this man s terrified me Erasmus Wilde was the new master of Faith Plantation, Barbados The year was 1830 George Washington Black Wash was a ten year old field slave who helped clear the cane Wash had no family but Big Kit, a field slave as well, nurtured him Reading Wash s palm, she declared, you will have a great big life, child Erasmus Wilde, the eldest son of an adventurer, was left in A man who has belonged to another learns very early to observe a master s eyes what I saw in this man s terrified me Erasmus Wilde was the new master of Faith Plantation, Barbados The year was 1830 George Washington Black Wash was a ten year old field slave who helped clear the cane Wash had no family but Big Kit, a field slave as well, nurtured him Reading Wash s palm, she declared, you will have a great big life, child Erasmus Wilde, the eldest son of an adventurer, was left in charge of four plantations, living at and running Faith Plantation, the most profitable one He resented his younger brother Christopher nicknamed Titch , a scientist and adventurer Titch could pursue anything of his choosing and what he wanted was to train Wash as his man servant He needed someone small to assist with his sci...


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    Now Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018The Booker judges seem to be eager to add quite some material that is highly accessible and easily readable this year, but while the inclusion of Snap seemed outrageous to me, this is a defendable choice Edugyan writes about slavery, racism, and identity, but in the form of an adventure novel, told chronologically and in the first person While this makes for a rather conservative narrative strategy, the author clearly knows how to compose an engagin Now Short...


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    Despite a cover that is currently winking at me with come hither gold foiled clouds, this book was one mammoth slog from beginning to end The most generous thing I can find to say is that it fairly zips along but to what purpose I am unsure.Much focus has been placed on why a crime novel like Snap is on the Man Booker longlist but at the moment I am looking askance at this middling historical fiction adventure tale I am not adverse to historical fiction, Hilary Mantel being the master in m Despite a cover that is currently winking at me with come hither gold foiled clouds, this book was one mammoth slog from beginning to end The most generous thing I can find to say is that it fairly zips along but to what purpose I am unsure.Much focus has been placed on why a crime novel like Snap is on the Man Booker longlist but at the moment I am looking askance at this middling historical fiction adventure tale I am not adverse to historical fiction, Hilary Mantel being the master in my eyes, nor do I distain the odd adventure storyThe North Waterpolar bears Eskimos Murder however this book is one damp squib of disappointment by comparison It starts on a sugar plantation in Barbados in 1830 and so would seem to be headed in the direction of a slave narrative but this ain t no Homegoing orThe Underground Railroad Many of the characters, had potential but ultimately lacked depth and often drifted inexplicably away, Big...


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    Washington Black one of the most anticipated books of the year should finally get American readers to wake up to this extraordinary novelist across our Northern border Esi Edugyan, a Canadian writer whose parents immigrated from Ghana, inspired a chorus of international praise for her previous novel, Half Blood Blues, but it never attracted the audience it deserved in the United States.That should change now.Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Washington Black is an engrossing hybrid Washington Black one of the most anticipated books of the year should finally get American readers to wake up to this extraordinary novelist across our Northern border Esi Edugyan, a Canadian writer whose parents immigrated from Ghana, inspired a chorus of international praise for her previous novel, Half Blood Blues, but it never attracted the audience it deserved in the United States.That should change now.Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Washington Black is an engrossing hybrid of 19th century adventure and contemporary subtlety, a rip roaring tale of peril imbued with our most persistent strife.The story comes to us as a memoir written by a former slave named George Washington Black, an ironic appellation that pricks at ...


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    This is the Man Booker title that I was the most trepidatious about picking up this year, not because I doubted its quality, but just because there is nothing about a nineteenth century Caribbean and North American set historical fiction adventure tale that appeals to me So with that said, I guess I did enjoy thisthan I expected to just not enough to really understand its inclusion on the Booker shortlist overstructurally innovative and intellectually stimulating titles.This book This is th...


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    When considering the immeasurable evil of slavery it s difficult to fully fathom the ramifications it had amongst so many individuals lives Not only were people s freedom and lives brutally curtailed, controlled and cut short, but their talent and potential was also squandered Esi Edugyan evocatively portrays the life of George Washington Black or Wash , a character with the aptitude to be a great artist and scientist were he not born into slavery on a Barbados plantation in 1818 But she gr When considering the immeasurable evil of slavery it s difficult to fully fathom the ramifications it had amongst so many individuals lives Not only were people s freedom and lives brutally curtailed, controlled and cut short, but their talent and potential was also squandered Esi Edugyan evocatively portrays the life of Georg...


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    Longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker which gives rise to a nice matched set of comparisons additional ones now added below 2017 Man Booker novel about an unresolved mystery and set in the English countryside Reservoir 13 2018 equivalent Snap.2017 Man Booker allegorical novel about slavery and institutionalised racism Underground Railroad 2018 equivalent this book Perhaps evendisappointingly this has made the shortlist whereas Underground Railroad did not Now I have to say that Longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker which gives rise to a nice matched set of comparisons additional ones now added below 2017 Man Booker novel about an unresolved mystery and set in the English countryside Reservoir 13 2018 equivalent Snap.2017 Man Booker allegorical novel about slavery and institutionalised racism Underground Railroad 2018 equivalent this book Perhaps evendisappointingly this has made the shortlist whereas Underground Railroad did not Now I have to say that I found that my immediate reaction to this book was that it reminded me of the sort of adventure novel I would have read as a boy and was something of a farrago of fact and fiction a mash up of Jules Verne and Roots a distinctly inferior version of Neal Stephenson s Baroque trilogy without that author s originality or prescience Avatar, BitcoinI also found that...


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    Washington Black by Esi Edugyan comes out in the USA on September 18, but I received an eARC from the publisher through Netgalley And since it is on the Man Booker Prize longlist, I read it early I can tell the Booker judges are up for an adventure story this year This story of a child enslaved in Barbados who ends up traveling the world thanks to a scientist explorer adventurer, and discovers his own artistic talents He travels all over where we can see the plight of former slaves in differ Washington Black by Esi Edugyan comes out in the USA on September 18, but I received an eARC from the publisher through Netgalley And since it is on the Man Booker Prize longlist, I read it early I can tell the Booker judges are up for an adventure story this year This story of a child enslaved in Barbados who ends up traveling the world thanks to...


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Washington Black From The Author Of The Award Winning International Best Seller Half Blood Blues Comes A Dazzling New Novel, About A Boy Who Rises From The Ashes Of Slavery To Become A Free Man Of The World.Washington Black Is An Eleven Year Old Field Slave Who Knows No Other Life Than The Barbados Sugar Plantation Where He Was Born When His Master S Eccentric Brother Chooses Him To Be His Manservant, Wash Is Terrified Of The Cruelties He Is Certain Await Him But Christopher Wilde, Or Titch, Is A Naturalist, Explorer, Scientist, Inventor, And Abolitionist He Initiates Wash Into A World Where A Flying Machine Can Carry A Man Across The Sky Where Two People, Separated By An Impossible Divide, Might Begin To See Each Other As Human And Where A Boy Born In Chains Can Embrace A Life Of Dignity And Meaning But When A Man Is Killed And A Bounty Is Placed On Wash S Head, Titch Abandons Everything To Save Him What Follows Is Their Flight Along The Eastern Coast Of America, And, Finally, To A Remote Outpost In The Arctic, Where Wash, Left On His Own, Must Invent Another New Life, One Which Will Propel Him Further Across The Globe From The Sultry Cane Fields Of The Caribbean To The Frozen Far North, Washington Black Tells A Story Of Friendship And Betrayal, Love And Redemption, Of A World Destroyed And Made Whole Again And Asks The Question, What Is True Freedom