Washington Black

Washington Black

Large Print - 2018 | Center Point Large Print edition
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Washington Black, an eleven-year-old field slave, 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. When a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Titch abandons everything to save him. -- adapted from back cover
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition
ISBN: 9781643580074
1643580078
Branch Call Number: LP EDUGY-E
Characteristics: 512 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jun 11, 2019

An interesting read...ultimately, it felt like the relationships between George Washington Black and Christopher Wilde was an allegory of the systemic relationship between "blackness" and "whiteness."

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JLMason
Jun 01, 2019

The book is a very entertaining read that held my attention, but I don’t understand the hype. The plot relies on too many convenient and contrived encounters to move the story along. The first half of the book on the plantation and early travels is the strongest; the last third is a travelogue that ends opaquely.

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mikearmstrong149
May 29, 2019

Tuesday Feb 25 Meeting

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mclarjh
May 13, 2019

Easy to read, popular fiction, like a movie but a book, limited vocabulary, almost all-male cast. Entertaining, like a Reader's Digest story, but longer. Not literary fiction, more suited to children than adults.

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LindaMarion
May 04, 2019

different kind of book, got caught up in story, well written of course. recommend

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dubonnet
Apr 21, 2019

The strange quest of a young black man through many lands as he attempts to survive and find meaning in his life. The story is sometimes shockingly brutal. Wash is deeply touched by several people in his life, until he finally comes upon the man who started him on the journey of his life! Set in the 1830 during the slave trade , which was abolished in England but not in America! Richly told with unforgettable characters.

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Waluconis
Apr 01, 2019

This is a fascinating combination of the old and the new. It is a historical novel that roams around the Americas and England in the nineteenth century - sure we have a lot of excellent novels that do that. This novel's narrator is a man enslaved in Barbados who becomes an assistant to a white balloonist. Race relations then are of course a factor in the events and characterization in the novel. They are never preached about or singled out. They do not have to be - they are a part of the cards culture and society deal to the characters in the novel. This is Esi Edugyan's second novel. her first about jazz, Nazi Germany, and other things, I have just started. In "Washington Black", she weaves fascinating description that has just enough details to keep the reader involved and wanting to read ahead. Profound emotions we all experience, are described precisely: "I understood, in that terrible moment, the terrible bottomless nature of the open world, when one belongs nowhere, and to no one." Wash's drive to re-unite with his white mentor reaches a conclusion that seems inevitable, but leaves the reader with questions as well as some answers.

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bethgarza24
Mar 15, 2019

NYT 10 Best 2018

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kimh454
Mar 13, 2019

A wonderful novel. My first by this author, but it reminded me of Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes.

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deannawood
Mar 04, 2019

January

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GVorauer
Apr 06, 2019

Too brutal, too disturbing - not bedtime reading.

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shayshortt
Sep 12, 2018

Born into slavery on Faith Plantation in Bardbados, George Washington Black has never known any other life. When his master dies, the slaves expect the estate to be broken up and sold off, but instead two brother arrive, nephews of the old owner. Erasmus Wilde proves to be a cruel man who drives his slaves harder than the old owner ever did. But his brother, Christopher “Titch” Wilde, is a man of science, and while the other slaves on Faith are doomed to a harder lot, Wash is selected to help Titch with his experiments, and his seemingly impossible dream to launch an airship called the Cloud Cutter. However, being selected as Titch’s assistant will come at a price Wash could never have expected, and their strange, uneven relationship will change the course of Wash’s life forever, for better and for worse.

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Sep 12, 2018

I carried that nail like a shard of darkness in my fist. I carried it like a secret, like a crack through which some impossible future might be glimpsed. I carried it like a key.

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