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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black

Why you should read this book:

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan is a first-person narrative of the first 18 years of George Washington Black’s life, a black prodigy and former slave who is set adrift in a hostile world. Written in vivid detail, this novel examines issues of parenthood, identity and the meaning of freedom.

Why you shouldn’t read this book:

  • You’re not a fan of slave narratives.
  • You like narratives that are fast-paced and plot-driven.
  • You like clear endings that wrap up the narrative in a straight forward manner.

What Washington Black by Esi Edugyan is about:

A tale of adventure and soul-searching, Washington Black is a first-person account of the adventures of George Washington Black. Washington, as he’s known, is a slave on a plantation in Barbados when the plantation master’s brother, Titch, adopts him as his assistant. Therefore, by Titch’s side, Washington learns to read, draw and calculate. But then Titch’s cousin commits suicide in front of Washington and the Master places a bounty on his head. Consequently, Titch and Washington flee the plantation. Titch takes Washington to the Arctic and then leaves him to find his own way. Alone in a hostile world, travelling from coast to coast, Washington seeks his personal, intellectual and spiritual freedom.

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