Washington Black

Washington Black

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Publisher: Center Point 20181201
ISBN: 9781643580074
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liljables Dec 04, 2018

Washington Black is hard to categorize: you could consider it a coming-of-age novel, historical fiction, pure adventure (Jules Verne vibes), and the 19th century pseudoscience gives the whole thing a rather steampunk feel (minus the science fiction of it all).

Titch is a sometimes frustrating but mostly amusing caricature of the gentleman naturalist, a breed of wealthy, (usually) untrained but (overly) confident Englishmen who traveled the world from the 17th to 20th century. Wash is a compelling narrator, deftly delivering Esi Edugyan's gorgeous prose and allowing the reader to discover the wonders of the natural world along with him. Literary but not to the point of inaccessibility and compulsively readable, I think Washington Black will appeal to the fans of almost any genre.

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ewondra
Nov 30, 2018

NYT Best 10 Books

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lukasevansherman
Nov 25, 2018

Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan's third novel is a remarkable feat of narrative drive and imagination. She digs deep into America's slave past and draws upon slave narratives, the 19th century novel, and the picaresque novel to tell the story of George Washington "Wash" Black, who starts as a slave in Barbados, flees, and finds his way to America, Canada, the Arctic, England, and Morocco. One of my favorite books of 2018.

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unicorn1
Nov 22, 2018

Winner of the 2018 Giller Prize. I'm number 431 on the waiting list, although there are 98 copies. I'm sure it will be worth the wait!

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becker
Nov 19, 2018

So happy to see that this won the 2018 Giller. The strength of this story comes from the narrative. It was great storytelling. A grand adventure that takes you all over the globe.

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Mmkinglion
Nov 16, 2018

Excellent story of genius and really tapping in to one's potential. The felt like the knew Washington Black at the end. A hero for all ages. Beautifully written piece, Edugyan had beautiful command of the written word. I have read other fiction about slavery. I enjoyed this one for it's ingenuity and brilliance! Bravo! A must read.

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firefly5
Nov 10, 2018

An interesting story of the journey of George Washington Black through his childhood as a slave and into his adulthood and his relationship with a very independent young woman.

The story starts in 1830 when 'Wash', as he was called, is 10 or 11 years old. It takes the reader through his time as a slave in the cane fields and his close relationship with an older slave lady. To being taken as an assistant to the brother of the plantation master. Wash discovers his love of drawing and learns to read. His duties include assisting his adult companion with wild ideas. This leads to adventures and travel from Barbados to the Arctic and onward around the globe.

I enjoyed the authors use of language, I could hear Wash speaking, and her descriptions and the smell of places and things. I enjoyed this book immensely!

LPL_DirectorBrad Oct 30, 2018

The hype on this book has been strong. (Its currently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.) The descriptions of the book caught my interest. Finally got a copy and could not put this book down. There is everything to like about this book. It's a tremendous adventure story at the very least. At its best, I see this book as a serious counterpoint/replacement to earlier more problematic stories about slavery. While appearing to be promoted and sold as a book for adults, I think this book should be required reading for high schoolers as a brilliant meditation on the story of the African slave diaspora in the mid 19th century. I simply cannot recommend this book strongly enough. Powerful, engaging writing. I must seek out Ms. Edugyan's previous books. Read this now!

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nshooper
Oct 24, 2018

Man Booker prize short list.

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Reads_A_Lot
Oct 20, 2018

I was drawn to this book by its young protagonist and its adventurous theme. I enjoyed following Wash to different parts of the world as he made discoveries about himself and others. Beautifully written with insightfulness and intelligence. The mid-1800 scientific invention era was different from what I normally read, but I enjoyed it. I was, however, disappointed in the abrupt ending, but overall a very good book.

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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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shayshortt
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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