Washington Black

Washington Black

A Novel

Book - 2018
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In 1830, two English brothers arrive at a Barbados sugar plantation, bringing with them a darkness beyond what the slaves have already known. Washington Black -- an eleven-year-old field slave -- is horrified to find himself chosen to live in the quarters of one of these men. But his new master is not as Washington expects him to be. He is the eccentric Christopher Wilde -- naturalist, explorer, inventor and abolitionist -- whose obsession with perfecting a winged flying machine disturbs all who know him. Washington is initiated into a world of wonder: a world where the night sea viewed from a hilltop explodes with light, where a simple cloth canopy can propel a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning -- and where two people separated by an impossible divide can begin to see each other as human.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Patrick Crean Editions, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781443423380
1443423386
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 24 cm

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Short listed for the Man Booker Prize 2018 part adventure and part coming of age story. In 1830 two brothers from England come to manage a Barbados Sugar Plantation. Washington Black is chosen to work in the owners mansion where life takes on a totally unexpected meaning.

In 1830 two brothers from England come to manage a Barbados Sugar Plantation. Washington Black, an eleven-year-old field slave is chosen to work in the owners’ mansion where life takes on a totally unexpected meaning. Short listed for the Man Booker Prize 2018.

In 1830 two brothers from England come to manage a Barbados Sugar Plantation. They bring with them an imagined horror. Washington Black is chosen to work in the owners mansion where life takes on a totally unexpected meaning. Short listed for the Man Booker Prize 2018.

George Washington Black was brought up on sugar plantation and is introduced to the wonder of flight. This book is about a cultural split that embraces humanity.

Edugyan writes about a coming of age story set in 1830 on a Barbados sugar plantation.


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