Someone Knows My Name: A Novel
"You feel you are turning the pages of history, the pages of truth."—Austin Clarke, author of The Polished HoeAbducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom—and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who... show more
"You feel you are turning the pages of history, the pages of truth."—Austin Clarke, author of The Polished HoeAbducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom—and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for "adventurers" to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public. This captivating story of one woman's remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history.
Publish date: 2007-11-17
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
Someone Knows My Name is a compelling read, and covers some historical events I hadn't heard about before. The characterization, though, leaves something to be desired.This book is the fictionalized memoir of Aminata Diallo, who's kidnapped from her Malian village at 11 by slavers. It's interspersed...
Excellent book. A real eye opener. Really gives you an insight into what others have endured. I highly recommend this book!
This book was a highly anticipated read. One, it is just the type of book that I really like, historical fiction. Secondly, about 5 or 6 of my book buddies have read it and they have all given it 5 stars. Plus part of the book takes place in Nova Scotia, which is a place that has fascinated me ev...
Heartbreaking, intense and very, very good.