The writing is superb & this is flat out one of the best books I've ever read.
I am an avid historical fiction reader and found this book fascinating. The author's descriptions of events are candidly brutal. This story was unfortunately a part of this country's history and every American should be aware of the horrid conditons Africans were forced to endure on slaveships.
Books like this are why I love to read literary fiction. To say that Charles Johnson has a "command of the English language" is a bit of an understatement, really. The man is a master of metaphor and allusion and this book is wildly entertaining, challenging and clever. Highly recommended.
I found it difficult - but it got great reviews.
The years is 1830. Rutherford Calhoun-freed slave, ardent womanizer, and self-confessed lair and thief--must flee New Orleans because of bad debts and an ill-starred romance. His poorly chosen means of escape is to stow away aboard the slave ship Republic, en route to pick up human cargo in Africa. Thus begins one of the most extraordinary voyages in literature--and one of hte most revelatory illuminations of the black American experience.
AUDIO BOOK ON TAPE
3 hours on 2 cassettes
READ BY THE AUTHOR, CHARLES JOHNSON
If you don't have time to red the whole book, or you are looking for something that will make your daily commute actually enjoyable, then this abridged tape is the answer. An added plus is that it's read by the author of the book, which I always enjoy.
The book won the recipient of the National Book Award.
Heavily underlined (not by me, it came to me that way) but the words are good.
Publisher remainder. The cover was cut and "not for resale" stamp was applied.