The Book of Negroes
Book review Lawrence Hill is a Canadian novelist and memoirist. He is best known for the 2001 memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada and then in 2007 his latest and most famous award winning novel The Book of Negroes. The amazing description of the whole story causes one to see the desolate conditions of the slave boats and feel the pain of every person brought into slavery. Anyone would agree with the with The Globe and Mail’s interpretation of this story. Lawrence Hill created an irresistible story that depicts the hard ships, emotional turmoil and bravery when he wrote The Book of Negroes. When one is exposed to The Book of Negroes he/she does not realize the amount of emotional turmoil the African people are about to face. At the first peek, the village of Bayo seems to be a suitable place to live. People were working, children playing; life was normal to them. Aminata Diallo the main character was captured as a slave at age 11 along with her parents. They tried to save her but were killed in the attempt. While she was held captive living conditions were not pleasant, “We walked all day. No water. No food. No breaks to pee. If you had to go, you had do it and keep walking with the urine running down your sore legs and burning your broken skin” is what Aminata said of the experience. The slaves had to walk for months until they arrived at a boat to be shipped off to England. Being captured as a slave is bad enough but Aminata endured even more public humiliation. Imagine walking through school naked in front of your own peers, that would be extremely shameful and embarrassing; that is what Aminata had to endure, pure humiliation and embarrassment. Aminata herself describes her journey as an abducted eleven-year-old from her native homeland Africa to a South Carolina plantation, then to New...
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