Adapted into an epic television mini-series The Book of Negroes. Winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Someone Knows My Name is a moving account of a woman's struggle for freedom. Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence ...Read MoreAdapted into an epic television mini-series The Book of Negroes. Winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Someone Knows My Name is a moving account of a woman's struggle for freedom. Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia - and a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for 'adventurers' to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata agrees to help, but discovers that going home is not the end of her journey. This captivating story of one woman's remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history. 'dynamic, moving, vividly written and historically accurate' THE AGE 'wonderfully written ...populated by vivid characters and rendered in fascinating detail' NEW YORK TIMES 'an unforgettable epic, seen through the eyes of a sharply realized, indomitable heroine' Booklist 'Stunning, wrenching and inspiring' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review 'a superb saga to get lost in . ..a deeply moving book of great finesse and nuance, impossible to put down' SUNDAY TELEGRAPHRead Less
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This book was easy to get into right away and remained so for its entirety. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Nov 1, 2009
This book was originally published in Canada under the title "Book of Negroes." This refers to a list kept by the British after the Revolutionary War of Negroes that they helped move out of the colonies and into Canada. The story follows the life of Aminato, who is captured in Africa at the age of eleven and sold into slavery "across the big river". Throughout the horrible trek to the coast of Africa, her slave years, and her freedom years in Nova Scotia, her dream is to return to her village in Africa. When given the opportunity to travel to Sierra Leone in Africa, whe and thousands of other "voyagers" make the trip back. It is a wonderfully written fiction account which allows the reader to see the horrors of slavery through the eyes of a young girl, and to continue to view her life as she ages. It was a fascinating book.
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