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Middle Passage It isRutherford Calhoun, a newly freed 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 discoveryPeopled 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 [PDF / Epub] ★ Longbow Girl ✪ Linda Davies – Lavons.co.uk a newly freed slave and irrepressible rogue [EPUB] ✻ On His Naughty List ❀ Jessica Jarman – Lavons.co.uk is desperate to escape unscrupulous bill collectors and an impending marriage to a priggish schoolteacher He jumps aboard the first boat leaving New Orleans [PDF / Epub] ☆ Fire Colour One Author Jenny Valentine – Lavons.co.uk the Republic [Download] ➶ Invisible Wounds By Kay Douglas – Lavons.co.uk a slave ship en route to collect members of a legendary African tribe ❮Download❯ ➽ A City Possessed ➸ Author Lynley Hood – Lavons.co.uk the Allmuseri Thus begins a daring voyage of horror and self discoveryPeopled with vivid and unforgettable characters [Reading] ➿ Her Husbands Mistake Author Sheila O& – Lavons.co.uk nimble in its interplay of comedy and serious ideas ❰EPUB❯ ✺ Mr Dove Über Den Wassern Author Maurice Shadbolt – Lavons.co.uk this dazzling modern classic is a perfect blend of the picaresque tale ➳ [Reading] ➶ Squirmy Wormy By Lynda Farrington Wilson ➩ – Lavons.co.uk historical romance ➮ [Ebook] ➩ Honeymoon By Sacha J. Witt ➺ – Lavons.co.uk sea yarn [PDF / Epub] ☀ Puck You By Peyton Novak – Lavons.co.uk slave narrative [KINDLE] ✽ Mountain Moonlight By Jane Anderson – Lavons.co.uk and philosophical novel


About the Author: Charles R. Johnson

Charles R Johnson is an American scholar and author of novels, short stories, and essays Johnson, an African American, has directly addressed the issues of black life in America in novels such as Middle Passage and Dreamer Johnson first came to prominence in the 1960s as a political cartoonist, at which time he was also involved in radical politics In 1970, he published a collection of cartoons, and this led to a television series about cartooning on PBS.1990 National Book Award Winner.



10 thoughts on “Middle Passage

  1. says:

    An exquisite novel about the transportation of Africans across the Atlantic to bondage in the United States and the Caribbean It won the National Book Award three years before Barry Unsworth s fine and similarly themed Booker Award winning Sacred Hunger was published Belongs in the same league with Ralph Ellison s Invisible Man and Toni Morrison s Beloved and William Faulkner s Light in August A vital American document I must re


  2. says:

    Charles Johnson is a highly prolific author, scholar, cartoonist and screenwriter Middle Passage is perhaps his most celebrated work, having won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1990 In my exploration through the canon of great Black American writers, Mr Johnson is perhaps the best I ve encountered That is no small praise when he s compared to giants like Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehea


  3. says:

    What a wonderful, powerful, thought provoking, surprising read The first two attributes are on account of Charles Johnson s mastery of the written word His prose grips the reader from first sentence and doesn t let go for a second It goes by so quickly that I found myself wishing it had been padded to last another 50 pages orWhy was it surpising Well, I expected it to focus primarily on the horrific middle passage in which people were enslave


  4. says:

    I liked it quite a bit I m not sure what to do with the narrative voice, though It s, at times, wildly anachronistic and, frankly, unrealistic This is all thestrange because Johnson is writing into a literary legacy that has a very particular set of tropes all of which, he easily elides in order to utilize a narrator who s likeable and street wise sophisticated Yet this is also a man who is an uneducated, recently freed slave in 1830 a character who


  5. says:

    In a 2nd reading of Charles Johnson s Middle Passage, I found myself evenimpressed by the author s imaginative story line, certainly not a typical rendering of a slave ship narrative but rather a kind of fable that seems to embrace every character within the novel, while being primarily about a man named Rutherford Calhoun, a freed slave living in New Orleans in 1829 Alas, the author s research into the period seems exhaustive, with a full accounting of na


  6. says:

    Middle Passage is a masterpiece of fiction Written by Charles R Johnson, it won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1990 Carefully constructed and beautifully written, Middle Passage has been criticized for its light hearted approach to the heavy and dark subject matter of the slave trade This is probably because it is an adventure book first and foremost I think of it as one part Moby Dick, one part Treasure Island, one part fantastical horror novel, and one


  7. says:

    Middle Passage is a bizarre book I wanted to like it muchthan I did It s strengths are pretty strong but it s weaknesses, for me, had muchof an impact It s short, barely two hundred pages, and it s one of the few books I would say that I wanted to be much longer At one point towards the end, Rutherford Calhoun, our narrator, can t tell his fiance all that had happened to him because it would take a thousandnights than Scheherazade needed to beguile King Shahryar Well,


  8. says:

    A northern, manumissioned, educated, black scoundrel who found his way to the French becoming overrun by Kaintucks mash up of worlds that was 1830 New Orleans, escapes his debts and worse, matrimony, by playing stupid a skill mastered, and apparently necessary for survival, among educated free blacks when confronted by white idiots who needed to feel that their accidents of womb made them superior often used in Benjamin January novels and landing himself unbeknownst to him on


  9. says:

    Maybe I missed whatever the National Book Award people saw in this, but I thought this book was terrible Jamrach s Menagerie is a much better book based on similar themes and setting What kills the book is the narrator The book is first person,written by a freed slave, as journal entries in a ship s log I realize that this is a stylistic choice the author has made, but in this case it is a spectacularly stupid one What freed slave from Illinois, who describes himself as used to cornf


  10. says:

    I had to read this for school, and I honestly wouldn t have read it all the way if it wasn t that I had to for class Initially, I was put off by the narrator s time inappropriate voice Supposedly, we are reading the journal of a freed slave in 1830 However, he sounds like a scholarly modern man TheI read, though, theI understood that this was exactly the writer s intention, and that much of the message of the book lies in this paradoxical narrator For one thing, I believe the au I had to re


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