Author : Esi Edugyan
Publisher : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
ISBN : 9780525521433
About Washington Black
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Eleven-year-old George Washington Blackor Washa field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen as the manservant of his masters brother. To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.
But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Washs head, they must abandon everything and flee together. Over the course of their travels, what brings Wash and Christopher together will tear them apart, propelling Wash ever farther across the globe in search of his true self. Spanning the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, London to Morocco, Washington Black is a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, and of a world destroyed and made whole again.
Washington Black Review
About slave boy at plantation on Barbados in the 1800s. From the book's cover, I expected it to be at least somewhat lighthearted - maybe a kind of "Around The World in 80 Days" type of book but it was nothing like that at all. Extremely dark and depressing with no real resolution at the end. I appreciated that it reminded me of the brutality and horrors of slavery. Frustrating that there was no reasonable explanation for why a cousin kills himself or why the main character was set up to be implicated in the death. Copyright September 2018.