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Washington Black
Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, nervousness and fear run high. Washington Black - an eleven year-old field slave who has known no other life - is aghast to find himself selected as personal servant to one of these men. His new master is the eccentric Christopher Wilde - naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist - whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies all around him. Through Wilde, Washington is initiated into a world of wonder: a world where the night sea viewed from a hilltop shivers with light; where a simple cloth canopy can propel a man across the sky; where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning. Then, on a disastrous voyage of escape, Wilde disappears. Washington is forced to make his way back to the civilized world alone. One day, however, a man appears in the doorway of his new life, making claims of the past. Is this truly the long-lost Wilde? If so, what are the real motives for his return? And is it possible that his resurrection will destroy everything? Based on an infamous 19th century criminal case, Washington Black tells the story of a world destroyed and made whole again, where certainty seems unattainable, and men must remain strangers even to themselves.
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jdiehr
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Two more stories down in the "A Point In Time" collection ??

"We Are Bone and Earth" is about an enslaved girl.

"Alison's Conviction" is about a young woman with Tourette Syndrome fighting debt collectors.

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emmaturi
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This was a fantastic book, definitely will be a favourite of this year. It's also a dark, brutal, but brilliant story. I absolutely adored the character Washington Black.

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Booklover2
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Mehso-so

🌟🌟🌟the only reason for the 3 stars instead of less, is the incredible writing. Her writing is like music and I found it beautiful. However this book was a huge, boring slog as far as plotless and stories go. But if you love wonderful prose to savor, you may like it.

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AllDebooks
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Trying to squeeze the last 2 books in before the end of the month. This will give me 2 completed lines, #bookspin and #doublespin for April. Not too bad to say it's been a busy month.
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Good luck!!! 5mo
AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks thank you. 😊 5mo
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DaniJ
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Excellent. Beautiful prose and a compelling and heart-wrenching story of loss, inequality and adventure. Ending was a bit lacklustre

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TheKidUpstairs
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Finished this one yesterday, just in time for Day One of the #CanadaReads debates!

A compulsively readable page turner following the life of George Washington Black, born a Slave, through his escape and his near-fantastical journeys propelled by science and a search for meaning. How does one define their life and their sense of self without knowledge of their roots?

A great book, and certainly a worthy read, but not the one to win CR, IMO.

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TheKidUpstairs
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"One felt great age, and a silence like a held pause; it was as though everything that could happen here had already occurred, as though you were wading into an aftermath."

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Nebklvr
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Edugyan places the reader in full view of the brutality of a Caribbean plantation, Arctic village, and English hanging. There is no escaping. It is the slow wait of waiting and hopeless seeking as the claustrophobia slowly steals your breath. The characters are complex and the writing exquisite. This is a Canada Reads contender.

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SarahBookInterrupted
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This is an excellent book. I think it‘s my choice for Canada Reads 2022. It was interesting in multilayered ways. It was heartbreaking, mysterious, informative, heartfelt and touching. It kept me engaged and the author brings you into Washington‘s world and experiences in a vivid way. You can hear, see, feel and smell each moment. She leaves you wanting more of Washington Black, but also satisfied in the ending. This book will stay with me.

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TheKidUpstairs
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"The impossible occurs so infrequently in this world, even to those who would devote their lives to studying it."

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DivineDiana
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The story of a young, black, boy slave -Washington Black (Wash), who escaped from Barbados with the white, English, younger brother of the plantation owner- Christopher Wilde. They leave in a fantastical flying machine, and their adventure begins. There is a cinematic feel to the book, and Hulu has picked it up for a 9 part series. Thrilling,passionate, well written. Yet, I felt somewhat unsettled by the ending.
#booked2022 #involvesanexploration

Cinfhen Ohhhh, I can‘t wait to see this on the small screen!!! It was one of my favorite books a few years ago. Even though many were disappointed with the ending, I enjoyed this book so much. GREAT PICK!!! 6mo
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DivineDiana
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My other IRL BookClub book for the month.

Librarybelle Such a good book! 7mo
DivineDiana @Librarybelle I am captivated at this point in my reading, but was disappointed that Litsy reviews were mixed. Glad that you liked it! (edited) 7mo
AmyG I really enjoyed this, too. I was surprised more didn‘t like it. 7mo
DivineDiana @AmyG Thank you for telling me! 👏🏻📚👍🏻 7mo
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JacqMac
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I‘m almost 100 pages in and I‘m so bored. I find myself wondering if it‘s worth it. It sounds like the kind of book I would love. I want to like it. But I just can‘t get into it. Maybe I‘ll take a break and come back to it later.

Soubhiville I finished it but was disappointed… 8mo
JacqMac @Soubhiville It sounds like it might not be worth it. I don‘t think it‘s going to get any better. 8mo
DivineDiana I just started on audio for my Book Club, and I am quite interested in what will happen to Washington. 7mo
Booklover2 Not worth it ! It doesn‘t get any better 2mo
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Blueberry
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Very well written but some unanswered questions and I didn't quite get the ending.

#CanadaReads2022

DivineDiana This collage captures the book beautifully! ❤️ 7mo
Blueberry @DivineDiana Thank you 😊 7mo
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Blueberry
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1. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
2. The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom
3. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood

@rachelsbrittain #WeekendReads
@NataliePatalie

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Blueberry
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"I might have been ten, eleven years old - I cannot say for certain - when my first master died."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl
#CanadaReads2022

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Blueberry
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Just added to my tbr list today. It is on the shortlist for #CanadaReads2022.

#Black #BeginsWith
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Perfect 🖤🤍🖤 8mo
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xicanti
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The Canada Reads Longlist is out! WASHINGTON BLACK is the only one I‘ve read, but I now have all the others on hold. Here‘s hoping none of the ones with 100+ people ahead of me make the final cut.

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Soubhiville
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Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings on this one. On one hand, Wash had some real adventures, traveling from Barbados to the New World to the Arctic Circle and more. On the other, he was in hiding from slave hunters, wanted with a bounty on him.

I found the ending ambiguous and ultimately unsatisfying, even though it was fitting and felt true.

See above my cards from #LitsyLove, friends, family, and clients. Thank you to everyone who has sent one 😊❤️🎄.

Susanita Same here. I thought the beginning was strong, then it started unraveling as the story progressed. 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️💌💚 9mo
Hooked_on_books I tried to read this one years ago and couldn‘t get into it at all. I haven‘t been inspired to try it again. 9mo
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SamAnne
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A qualified pick. Beautiful writing and I loved the main character. Having reread Austen's novels and delving into other classics, I liked how the novel explored how the genteel manor life of England and the pursuits of “gentlemen scientists“ were often financially supported by riches made from horrific plantations and slavery. I liked how it explored the complexities of racism, among the abolitionists and in the close relationships.👇

SamAnne But aspects of the story were so unbelievable that the author should have fully embraced the magic realism device rather than skirt it. Other aspects of the story just did not seem believable. I found the ending very dissatisfying, rushed. 12mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
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SamAnne
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Halfway through and enjoying this read. Spent the weekend camping and fishing on the St. Joe river in north Idaho and stopped in a tiny “town” called Avery, which for the past few months has been dwarfed by a large firefighter camp battling a big blaze. Heavy rains came Friday thankfully. I stopped in at a new wood fired pizza place that was delicious. It is interesting to read this boom after being immersed in rereading Austen‘s novels. 👇

SamAnne There are Austen characters who are involved in the slave trade. This novel hits that issue directly—that genteel manor lifestyle was often supported by plantations and horrific slavery. I want to read more on Austen‘s views, but my understanding is that she was an abolitionist in her views, but not active in the cause. #pemberlittens (edited) 13mo
Smrloomis Loved your post! I‘ve been meaning to read this… and that pizza looks delicious! 13mo
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EvieBee Yes, a theme that I appreciated being touched on in the movie adaptation of Mansfield Park. 13mo
rwmg Such a shame she didn't live long enough to get further with Sanditon so we could see what she did with a mixed race character from the West Indies 13mo
SamAnne @rwmg agreed. 12mo
Megabooks I‘m sorry. Too busy looking at the pizza to see the book! 😂🤤🤤🤤 12mo
rabbitprincess That pizza looks AMAZING! 12mo
SamAnne @megabooks @rabbitprincess it was delicious! I wasn't expecting a beautiful copper woodfire pizza oven in redneck little Avery, ID. The place was full of firefighters, flyfishermen like me and dirtbikers. 12mo
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Susanita
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We‘re nearing the end of #JulyJourneys already! Time flies!

I found this to be an odd book but interesting. Part of the story takes place in the #PolarRegion of North America, but to say more would be a spoiler. 😎

Eggs ❤️📚📖👏🏻 14mo
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bell7
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George Washington Black grows up in slavery on Barbados, but his life takes a turn when his master's brother Christopher "Titch" Wilde has Wash assist his scientific endeavors. Covering multiple years and continents, this coming-of-age tale explores the nature of relationships and how theirs could never be a true, equal friendship. Wash's adventures in the world fascinated me from beginning to end.

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GatheringBooks
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#CuriousCovers Day 20: #Trees on this cover. :)

Readergrrl Loved this book!!! 1y
mcctrish Your cover is awesome 1y
Eggs 🌴💚🌴 Brilliant! 1y
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tricours
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Now, this was what I thought I was getting when I started Vassar‘s “Black”.

And this was simply perfect.

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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile 📚 Washington Black, an 11-year-old slave, becomes the personal servant to the eccentric ‘Titch‘ Wilde whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine puts both of them in mortal danger. When Titch disappears, Washington must make his way alone, following the promise of freedom further than he ever dreamed possible...

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Tineke
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This was a good book, although the ending was a bit abrupt, short and unsatistisfying. Nevertheless I enjoyed the story.
TBR since March 2nd 2021; 417 pages.

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Centique
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A really good work of historical fiction - quite fast paced for this genre with lots of events. It packs a lot in! I think for my tastes, it could have been longer. Some of Edugyan‘s quieter scenes were so thoughtful. Fascinating characters and a brutal life - although I‘ve read a lot of books set within slavery, this is one of the stand outs for depicting brutality and the impact on the human spirit. I‘ll be interested to see what she does next.

Readergrrl I really loved this book!!! 2y
Ruthiella I wanted this to be a lot longer than it was. I felt a lot of detail was missing for my personal tastes. 2y
Centique @Ruthiella yes! There were some scenes where she wrote with more detail and I thought they were great and we needed more of those. I hope she does that in her next novel. 2y
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readordierachel Oh wonderful, I have a copy of this waiting to be read. Glad to hear you liked it! 2y
Cathythoughts I have this one waiting too 👍🏻❤️ Paula , my granddaughter & myself, we love the book you sent ! Thanks so much. I‘m popping something in the post for you today ... I hope it won‘t take forever to get there. 😘 2y
Centique @Cathythoughts you are so sweet Cathy. I‘m glad you and your granddaughter like the book. It gave me memories of grandmother/granddaughter because my grandma would visit that special bookstore when travelling in Aus and bring me back a Coles book. 😍 You really didn‘t need to send me anything but it is lovely of you 💕 2y
Cathythoughts It‘s a real beauty of a book. 💕 I know I don‘t need to send you something, but I really want to 😘 2y
Rissreads Awwwww, I was with you when you bought this! 1y
Centique @Rissreads you were! What a great memory. That was a lovely day 💕 1y
Rissreads It sure was a lovely day! 😘 1y
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deliasson
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I really enjoyed this book! It had some very interesting plot twists that kept me wondering but the ending...I‘m not entirely sure about. There‘s multiple ways of looking at it and to be honest; I was left a little bit confused.

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Helen19
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Just finished this for my IRL book club which has been postponed because every member just felt this week was too much! We have all enjoyed the book though! Some awful plantation scenes which were hard to read. Still can‘t decide if I‘m left feeling vaguely hopeful or desperately sad for the main character.

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Auntynanny
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I really enjoyed this book. I read “Half Blood Blues“ a few years ago. I liked it a lot as well, and I hope to read more from Esi Edugyan.

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JLaurenceCohen
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Washington Black is a solid piece of historical fiction. Edugyan is as interested in early marine biology and hot air balloon mechanics as she is in plantation slavery.

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marleed
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I‘m so glad George Washington Black took a cloud-cutter out of Barbados and I loved being a fly on the wall for his next 17 years of travel.

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Traci1
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#3books #IReadBasedSolelyOnTheirCovers

Loved Washington Black
Liked 100 Foot Journey
Didn't care for Essex Serpent

These are all books I read without even looking at the blurb. I actually do that more often than not. I'm totally at the mercy of a pretty cover.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

AlaMich Me too, about covers. Even for things like classics, where I know exactly what I‘m getting, I will go out of my way to get a nicer-looking edition from the library! 🤓 2y
OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
Chelsea.Poole Same I love a nice cover 🤩 2y
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Ruthiella We are of the same mind re: The Essex Serpent. The cover is beautiful but I was disappointed with the content. 2y
Traci1 @Ruthiella I have had it for a while, but I decided to read it when I heard they were making a film version. I was so excited about it, but now I don't want to see the movie. I can't see how it would be anything but boring. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The Washington Black cover kept grabbing my attention sitting on the tables at B&N. I finally caved and bought it. I'm glad I did. 2y
Traci1 @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I will almost always buy a book if it has an airship on it. Probably not a good practice, but I can't seem to stop myself. 2y
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Amandajoy
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No better time to start a new book than when you‘re getting a flat tire fixed. They said it could be 2-2 1/2 hours. Hope this is as good as everyone says it is!

UwannaPublishme That Discount Tire waiting room looks very familiar! 😁 2y
Darthdad Just started reading myself, I‘m really enjoying 2y
GinaKButler How is this one? I‘ve heard mixed reviews... 2y
Amandajoy @GinaKButler I loved it. I thought it was hopeful & fanciful while also addressing some tough issues & making you think. 2y
GinaKButler @Amandajoy thanks so much! Adding it to my list...the cover is gorgeous, too! 2y
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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This is a story about George Washington Black, a young slave boy whose luck changed when he was chosen to be the manservant to his owner's brother, Titch. This covers about 6 years of his life, from a sugar plantation in Barbados, to the Arctic, London, & Morocco. The first half was better than the second half, as the characters we meet early on seem larger than life and those later introduced are rather boring. A story of hope & found family.

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @TheAromaofBooks This is my final #bookspinbingo square for August. I'll see how I ended up later. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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Yahui07
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This book is surprisingly good!!

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AmyG
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- tagged book
- Edith WHARTON
- movie....When Harry Met Sally
- The War on Drugs, Waxahatchee, Wilco, Whiskeytown
- Water Wings - Superchunk

#ManicMonday #LetterW @JoScho

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Reading & puppy cuddles to start my Sunday. 💛💚

AmyG Sounds perfect! Great book. 2y
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megnews
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I‘ve seen a lot of reviews for this and it‘s been on and off my tbr. On sale today so why not?

Librarybelle I really liked this one. I loved her writing style! 2y
Darthdad I bought this book when it was on sale as well. I just started reading on Monday and I‘m really enjoying. Great historical fiction/fantasy 2y
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ralexist
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Wash's life changes forever when he becomes the manservant to Titch. He moves from harsh work of the fields of a Barbados sugar plantation to assisting Titch, scientist/explorer/inventor/abolitionist with his flying machine research.
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Spanning years, Wash's journey takes him from Barbados to an Arctic outpost to London and finally Morocco as he tries to both outrun his past and discover who he is along the way. Incredible incredible read!

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BookishTrish
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I‘m still not sure where this is going but the writing is great.

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mjdowens
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I love what this story is really saying. I had a bit of a hard time with some of the fantastical adventures though.

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vlwelser
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I'm not sure why it took me so long to read this. It's probably been on my TBR since it came out.

Wash is a young boy on a plantation in Barbados. He catches the attention of his owner's brother who ends up changing the course of his life.

Read it.

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@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks What a fun cover!! 2y
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Twainy
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🎧 great narration. George Washington Black was born a slave in Barbados in the 1800‘s. The plantation owner‘s brother wants a slight manservant to fly in his invention (hydrogen blimp/ship). Wash & Tich take off in Tich‘s invention after a misunderstanding would end up in Wash‘s death. A brutal look at slavery, coming of age as a freeman, a global fantastical adventure. There are some triggers. Very engaging! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/3

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BookishTrish
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Not sure what I‘m the mood to read

alisonrose I really liked Washington Black! 2y
Kalalalatja Imaginary Friend is really good, but very different from his previous book 👍 2y
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Caroline2
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Washington Black is a child slave in Barbados in 1832 when he meets Titch, a rich, white wannabe scientist. The first half of the book is fascinating; a classic coming of age story filled with horror and adventure but then the second half of the book goes from contrived to downright farfetched. Still, Wash is a great character and the beautiful writing kept me going. #buddyread

Caroline2 @squirrelbrain This really is a book of two halves isn‘t it!! I really didn‘t like the adult section of Wash. I thought it was terrible how he treated Tanna really. 🙄 2y
Cathythoughts Nics review! I see this one around Litsy lately. It‘s still on my shelf ... must pick it up 2y
Cinfhen Glad to see your reading mojo is back. I loved this one, but agree...it took a weird turn. (edited) 2y
squirrelbrain You thought pretty much the same as me Caroline (and @cinfhen too!). I still enjoyed it though, and glad that you didn‘t bail on this one! 😁 2y
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squirrelbrain
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I wasn‘t sure if I would like this book, due to the inclusion of some fantastical elements, but I really loved it!

This tale of a young slave kept me enthralled throughout, although I do think that the first half was stronger than the second.

It just goes to show that sometimes I should read outside of my ‘comfort zone‘.

Hope you enjoyed it to @Caroline2 ! #buddyread

ChasingOm I was surprised by how much I loved this as well! 2y
AmyG Me too @ChasingOm. This book grabbed me from the very beginning. 2y
Caroline2 I‘m loving it so far but we‘ve had lots of visitors so I haven‘t had much reading time. 🙄 all I want to do is go back to bed and read this book. Ohhh I haven‘t got to the fantasy element yet tho??? 😯 2y
squirrelbrain Not so much fantasy but there‘s certain things that wouldn‘t / couldn‘t have actually happened, if you see what I mean. Maybe far-fetched rather than fantasy! Boo hiss to visitors... @Caroline2 2y
Caroline2 Ahhhhh! I got ya! 😉 👍 2y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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LOVED IT!! Never wanted this one to end. What an incredible story and adventure we were taken on.

vivastory I just picked this one up a couple of days ago. Really looking forward to it! 2y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @vivastory 👍 hope you love it too! 2y
AmyG Agree!!! I loved this, too. 2y
Lindy @AmyG Me too! Great book. 2y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @AmyG @Lindy why it took me this long to read I don't know why?! So good! 2y
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