Middle Passage

Middle Passage

eBook - 2012
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It is 1830. Rutherford Calhoun, a newly treed slave and irrepressible rogue, is desperate to escape unscrupulous bill collectors and an impending marriage to a priggish schoolteacher. He jumps aboard the first boat leaving New Orleans, the Republic, a slave ship en route to collect members of a legendary African tribe, the Allmuseri. Thus begins a daring voyage of horror and self-discovery.Peopled with vivid and unforgettable characters, nimble in its interplay of comedy and serious ideas, this dazzling modern classic is a perfect blend of the picaresque tale, historical romance, sea yarn, slave narrative, and philosophical novel.
Publisher: 2012
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Scribner, 2012. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 3543 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781439125038


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This pivotal telling of a defiant slave pulses with vivid, unforgettable characters, and harnesses a dangerous ocean voyage as the metaphor to raise many philosophical questions for the 21st century reader. Required reading for many high school students, this novel raises uncomfortable question... Read More »

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May 10, 2017

This is a wonderful book "picaresque tale, historical romance, sea yarn, slave naarative and philosophical novel". A memorable character Rutherford Calhoun a black man stowaway on a slave ship.

Feb 13, 2015

the author constantly showed me my assumptions and expectations were completely off course! To say it is about race would be way too narrow. It is about the universal human experience through a superb storyteller. I found myself repeatedly sensing how insidious prejudice is!

Dec 11, 2010

1990 National Book Award - Fiction


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