Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"The Book of Negroes," by Lawrence Hill

In some countries it has another title "Someone Knows My Name,"  Dd gave it to me on Sunday to read and by Monday evening I had read it, so as you may guess I didn't get a lot achieved on Monday.  It was one of those books that you had to keep reading as you wanted to know what happened next.

The book is partly fact and partly fiction and the main character Aminata is a girl/woman you just want to reach out and hug.  She goes through so much in a lifetime that it makes you realize how easy we have it in our lives.  The history of slavery is something our generation doesn't have to deal with, but what those poor people had to endure is just terrible.

It was also set for part of the book in the Carolina's which is a part of the States I love and some of the places mentioned in the book I have been too.  It is also set in Nova Scotia in Canada, and I had often wondered why there was a large coloured population over there, and this explains why.

Now in between reading this book, I did manage to go into town to see about getting a quote for a new exhaust/muffler for the car.  It will cost around $200 (incl taxes) and I get it put on, on Wednesday morning.  Add that to the $525 I spent on the car last week getting new ball joints on it, June has been an expensive month fixing my car.

I also did a couple of large loads of laundry, therefore had a big pile of ironing to do.  I also picked up 5 cauliflower plants, 4 butternut squash plants and 1 spaghetti squash plant for the veggie patch.  My dad was kind enough to plant a pile more potatoes, some onions and carrots on Sunday when he was up.  Plus he brought up another three tomato plants to add to the four I have and I have four sweet pepper plants.  So all in all I should have a few things to harvest later on, again thanks to my dad.

Got work today..........enjoy your Tuesday..........

9 comments:

Shammickite said...

I read The Book of Negroes last summer, what a marvellous book, I could not put it down. I stronly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a historical novel. What a terrible life those people had. We should all be ashamed of ourselves.

Denise said...

Sounds like this book is one I would like to read. Thanks for the review Gill.

angela said...

Your dad sounds like a very nice man. My dad came over and pruned all my roses so sometimes he is nice too! I will keep an eye out for the book.

Karine said...

I read The Book of Negroes last year and really enjoyed it too!

Rose said...

I hope i can remember the name of this book/author....it sounds like a good one.

You sound busy as can be....

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review of the book....I have not read it yet, but have a copy. I will definately read it now.

Karen

Kim said...

Hope all is well - haven't heard from you since Tues - that is odd :)

Sugar__Mama said...

hello gill
hope all is well, as i noticed you have not posted since tuesday..finding it hard to leave a comment with blogger today, this is the third time i have tried

Rose said...

I am reading this now and it is a wonderful read....really one of the best I have read in a while.