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Middle Passage
Middle Passage
Author: Charles Johnson
It is 1830. Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave and irrepressible rogue, is desperate to escape unscrupulous bill collectors and an impending marriage to a priggish schoolteacher. He jumps aboard the first boat leaving New Orleans, the Republic, a slave ship en route to collect members of a legendary African tribe, the Allmuseri. Thus begins...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780452266384
ISBN-10: 0452266386
Publication Date: 7/1991
Pages: 209
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 29 ratings
Publisher: Plume Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 4
The writing is superb & this is flat out one of the best books I've ever read.
Philly avatar reviewed Middle Passage on + 38 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book merges the shame of slavery with a thrilling classic sea saga. Teens and adults alike will enjoy this book.
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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.


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