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Washington Black

by Esi Edugyan

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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
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    Sep 2018, 352 pages

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Natalie Vaynberg

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Part adventure novel, part travelogue, part historical fiction, this is a story about a boy who rises from slavery to become a free man of the world.

Sometimes you just want a good adventure story. One that does not follow a predictable pattern and keeps the pages turning. There are many such stories, but few of them bring along the kind of depth and observation that Esi Edugyan brings to Washington Black.

Edugyan weaves a thrilling yarn that unfolds slowly, peeling back layers and revealing hidden depths. This is, at once, a coming of age tale, an exploration of slavery from inside and outside the plantation, and a skip-along through a variety of scientific discoveries. Washington Black, born a slave in Barbados in the 1830s, never expected much beyond a life of hard toil and pain. Yet he was rescued, suddenly, by the enigmatic brother of his master – a scientist in need of an assistant. Together they traverse the world, from the West Indies all the way to the Arctic Circle and beyond. Washington becomes a man of learning and...

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