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The Water Dancer

af Ta-Nehisi Coates

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"Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he left behind--but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss. This is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by the author's bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America's oldest struggle--the struggle to tell the truth--from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers"--… (mere)
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"Slavery is everyday longing, is being born into a world of forbidden victuals and tantalizing untouchables—the land around you, the clothes you hem, the biscuits you bake. You bury the longing, because you know where it must lead."⁣⁣
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I'm still in a book hangover after reading this one. Ta-Nehisi Coates is such a great writer that beautifully wrote this essential and evocative story about the life of the enslaved people in the 19th century. I can gather from his writing that he did extensive research on the historical setting. I was encouraged to learn more about enslavement in Virginia Plantation during that century.
The Water Dancer focuses on the main protagonist, Hiram, who is born into bondage and the son of a white man who owns a tobacco plantation in Virginia. Hiram can physically transport people over long distances using a power known as "conduction." This power relies on memory and the force of water. He then gets to team up with a fictional version of Underground Railroad called the Underground. This book features the most famous leader of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, as someone who also has the power of Conduction. ⁣⁣
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This book delved into the horror and brutality of slavery, physically and mentally. It highlights a lot of how devastating family separation is during The Transatlantic Slave Trade. In fighting a war against enslavement, this book also questions to what extent the ends justify the means. From the enslaved to the enslaver, all of the characters are very complex and three dimensional, which makes them feel very real and not cartoonish. Everyone faces their own moral struggles through their decision. And Coates' prose here is exquisite, I can't wait to read his non-fiction books next. ⁣⁣However, I can find why some people may find it hard to read. The pace seems a bit dragged in the middle and rushed towards the ending. But this is still a well-written and important book that everyone should read.⁣ ( )
  bellacrl | Jan 19, 2021 |
Excellent! ( )
  BobbieJR | Jan 14, 2021 |
The book is very good. Joe Morton is fantastic. ( )
  A2Seamster | Jan 13, 2021 |
A thought provoking portrayal of slavery and a mystical underground railroad, but told by a main character who is too perfect to be relatable. Parts of the story sucked me in, but it felt disjointed and perhaps took on too many ideas about the injustices of the time to be cohesive. ( )
  lucyohlsen | Jan 12, 2021 |
A story of slavery in Virginia. ( )
  tangledthread | Jan 7, 2021 |
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And I could only have seen her there on the stone bridge, a dancer wreathed in ghostly blue, because that was the way they would have taken her back when I was young, back when the Virginia earth was still red as brick and red with life, and though there were other bridges spanning the river Goose, they would have bound her and brought her across this one, because this was the bridge that fed into the turnpike that twisted its way through the green hills and down the valley before bending in one direction, and that direction was south.
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"Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he left behind--but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss. This is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by the author's bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America's oldest struggle--the struggle to tell the truth--from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers"--

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