Rated of 5
by Brooke Young
I had the oportunity to see Dr. Gates speak at my university about this book. His brilliance and excitement for it prompted me to purchase the book (and add it to my hugs list of books I want to read for quite some time). However, this summer I am taking a class on African-American history and had to choose 2 books to review for outside reading projects. I chose this one, and I was not disappointed. The introduction is a bit boring (Dr. Gates writes about how he acquired and authenticated the narrative) and long, but the actual novel itself I thought was quite good. As you read, you will noticed how educated this fugitive slave is. At the end of the book is a comparison between Craft's writing and the writings of other authors of her day and before. I didn't notice how similar they were until I read this appendix. Despite the fact that she "borrowed" quite a few things from other books (almost exactly), the novel was a very enjoyable one and I would recommend it to anyone interested in slavery. I will say though, that if I hadn't been taking this class, I probably would have missed a lot of what Craft was talking about. So, if you don't have any background knowledge at all, you might want to either get some, or start with something else.