Friday, August 8, 2008
I just finished reading a great prize winning novel, The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill. I loved it and found it somehow the perfect read prior to the American election. In an entertaining way, Hill describes the journey of one slave girl from Mali to South Carolina to New York City to Nova Scotia back to Sierre Leone and then finally to England where she assists the Abolishionist movement. This novel was written with careful and extensive research, a great combination of history and story. Lawrence Hill is a very interesting man, son of a black father and a white mother, civil rights pioneers in Ontario, who married in Washington D.C. in the 50's and immediately moved to Toronto where his father, Daniel Hill III was doing his doctorate. And if that name sounds familiar, Lawrence's brother is songwriter, Dan Hill. If your book club needs a book, I totally recommend it! Also good reading for senior high school students.
The picture has nothing to do with the book- I wrote this entry from my deck!