Washington Black

Washington Black

Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born. When his master's eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him. But Christopher Wilde, or "Titch," is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor, and abolitionist. He initiates Wa Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation whe...

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Title:Washington Black
Author:Esi Edugyan
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Washington Black
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:334 pages pages

Washington Black Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Aug 24, 2018
    Washington Black by Esi Edugyan comes out in the USA on September 18, but I received an eARC from the publisher through Netgalley. And since it is on the Man Booker Prize longlist, I read it early! I can tell the Booker judges are up for an adventure story this year. This story of a ch...
  • Elyse Walters
    Nov 01, 2018
    Audiobook narrated by Dion Graham.....( great raspy voice) The language -words - sentences - dialogue - are beautiful, intense, suspenseful, with ranges of temperatures - smells - creatures - smiles - fierceness - wildness - anxiousness - desire - softness- gentleness- electrifying ...
  • Anita Pomerantz
    Sep 23, 2018
    Lo and behold, a Man Booker nominee that doesn't rely on an original structure, but rather on a great combination of strong storytelling, beautifully rendered prose, and a central character that a reader can really care for and about. This book actually really reminds me of The Goldfin...
  • P-eggy
    Sep 29, 2018
    5 stars for part one of the book because it excited my interest. 4 stars for the generally, really wonderful writing. 3 stars for the second part of the book, good but elements were starting not to hang together. 2 stars for the third part because I was getting fed up with tell rath...
  • Ron Charles
    Sep 18, 2018
    ?Washington Black? ? one of the most anticipated books of the year ? should finally get American readers to wake up to this extraordinary novelist across our Northern border. Esi Edugyan, a Canadian writer whose parents immigrated from Ghana, inspired a chorus of international ...
  • Trish
    Mar 06, 2019
    I finished Edugyan's third novel today in a fog, reading the last hundred pages completely engrossed in the strangely unreal world and story Edugyan had created, about a former slave, physically damaged from years in captivity but involved in the science of creating an indoor aquarium ...
  • Peter Boyle
    Aug 06, 2018
    I'm not sure I'd have read Washington Black if it hadn't been nominated for the Booker Prize. I just don't think it would have been on my radar. But when I examined the synopses of all the long-listed novels, it jumped right to the top of my list. Of all the books selected, it sounded ...
  • Jill
    Aug 03, 2018
    Washington Black is an unusual hybrid of a book ? an adventure-fraught, adrenaline-pumping tale that also incorporates the horrors of slavery, the joys of scientific discovery, and a coming of age journey. Yet, it all works. Briefly, a look at the plot: a 12-year-old slave named G...
  • Paul Fulcher
    Aug 01, 2018
    "I had already seen many deaths: I knew the nature of evil. It was white like a duppy , it drifted down out of a carriage one morning and into the heat of a frightened plantation with nothing in its eyes." Edi Edugyan's Washington Black: A Novel has been shortlisted for the 2018 Man...
  • Rachel
    Oct 07, 2018
    This is the Man Booker title that I was the most trepidatious about picking up this year, not because I doubted its quality, but just because there is nothing about a nineteenth century Caribbean and North American-set historical fiction adventure tale that appeals to me. So with that ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Nov 23, 2018
    I was curious about how people reviewed this book and it appears that the Goodreads consensus is "a historical adventure story that gets more boring as time passes" and I would like to say for the record that these reviews are all wrong. Yes, technically I suppose you can classify ...
  • Trudie
    Sep 11, 2018
    Despite a cover that is currently winking at me with come-hither gold foiled clouds, this book was one mammoth slog from beginning to end. The most generous thing I can find to say is that it fairly "zips along" but to what purpose I am unsure. Much focus has been placed on why a cr...
  • Erik
    Jul 10, 2019
    Rich, charming, gruesome account of a slave's journey through the age of discovery. The prose is spare and seductive. ...
  • Larry H
    Dec 10, 2018
    4.5 stars, rounded up. "How was it possible, thought I, that we lived in such nightmare and all the while a world of men continued just over the horizon, men such as these, in ships moving in any direction the wind might lead them?" George Washington ("Wash") Black is an 11-year-...
  • Rebecca
    Oct 10, 2018
    (3.75) Sugar Money meets The North Water meets The Underground Railroad meets Gould?s Book of Fish. (Or something like that, anyway.) This is a good ol?-fashioned adventure story about a slave who gets the chance to leave his Barbados sugar plantation behind when he becomes an assi...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Oct 20, 2018
    With history, science and creativity, talented author Esi Edugyan tells the story of an 11 year old slave, in Barbados and his adventurous escape to freedom. Washington Black, or Wash, brought up in the sugar cane fields, experienced more than his share of oppression, suffering and a...
  • Linda
    Dec 30, 2018
    "I will only say that if I have acquired any wisdom from Big Kit, it is to live always with your eyes cast forward, to seek what will be, for the path behind can never be retaken." But Fate wrapped eleven year old George Washington Black in a cloak of uncertainty from the day that h...
  • Fran
    Aug 03, 2018
    "A man who has belonged to another learns very early to observe a master's eyes; what I saw in this man's terrified me." Erasmus Wilde was the new master of Faith Plantation, Barbados. The year was 1830. George Washington Black "Wash" was a ten year old field slave who helped "clear th...
  • Ace
    Jan 23, 2019
    I tried very hard to like this novel, but after the Arctic visit, I started to lose interest in the story. Wash started to get on my nerves, and the number of coincidences that strung the story together was too much for me. ...
  • Eric Anderson
    Aug 24, 2018
    When considering the immeasurable evil of slavery it?s difficult to fully fathom the ramifications it had amongst so many individuals' lives. Not only were people?s freedom and lives brutally curtailed, controlled and cut short, but their talent and potential was also squandered. E...
  • Hugh
    Aug 05, 2018
    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 My seventh book from the longlist is another choice that may have surprised people, and I found it a very enjoyable read. It gives the adventure story a modern twist by making its eponymous hero a slave born on a plantation in Barbados in th...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Aug 07, 2018
    Longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker which gives rise to a nice matched set of comparisons (additional ones now added below). 2017 Man Booker novel about an unresolved mystery and set in the English countryside: Reservoir 13. 2018 equivalent: Snap. 2017 Man Booker allegorical nove...
  • Britta Böhler
    Aug 08, 2018
    An entertaining, easy read (despite the subject of the book). Reading this book was bit like eating cotton candy: fluffy and sweet but it leaves you with a slight stomach ache and a craving for some 'real' food. 2.5* (rounded up) ...
  • Read By RodKelly
    Sep 25, 2018
    I'm SHOCKED this is on the Man Booker Shortlist... The book has an incredibly strong opening: the pacing and character development are pitch perfect, a real page-turner. However, about 150 pages in, the plot dissolves and morphs into one of those clunky YA narratives: this happens, th...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Aug 04, 2019
    An incongruous mess. ...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    May 16, 2019
    4 stars! A spellbinding and unforgettable journey! George Washington Black ?Wash? is an eleven-year-old black boy who was born into slavery on a sugar plantation in Barbados in the early 1800?s. He knows no other life other than working the fields for endless hours, sleeping i...
  • Roman Clodia
    Aug 07, 2018
    This is certainly very readable but I'm not convinced that the various elements really come together. The brutalities of plantation life for black slaves have been more fully depicted elsewhere, not least in The Underground Railroad and the classic Beloved. The second half is more like...
  • Meike
    Jul 23, 2018
    Winner of the Giller Prize 2018 The Booker judges seem to be eager to add quite some material that is highly accessible and easily readable this year, but while the inclusion of Snap seemed outrageous to me, this is a defendable choice. Edugyan writes about slavery, racism, and identi...
  • Lori
    Apr 14, 2019
    It has a fantasy appeal along the lines of an adventure by Jules Verne. ...
  • Collin
    Dec 27, 2018
    Washington Black cannot possibly know just how dramatically his life is going to change when his first master dies. But all it takes is a look into his new master?s eyes to know that the change is not going to be good. Washington has been a slave his whole life, he has never known fr...