Someone Knows My Name

[PDF] Read ☆ Someone Knows My Name : by Lawrence Hill - Someone Knows My Name, Someone Knows My Name Based on a true story The Book of Negroes tells the story of Aminata a young girl abducted from her village in Mali aged in and who after a deathly journey on a slave ship where she witnes

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[PDF] Read ☆ Someone Knows My Name : by Lawrence Hill, Someone Knows My Name, Lawrence Hill, Someone Knows My Name Based on a true story The Book of Negroes tells the story of Aminata a young girl abducted from her village in Mali aged in and who after a deathly journey on a slave ship where she witnesses the brutal repression of a slave revolt is sold to a plantation owner in South Carolina who rapes her She is brought to New York where she escapes her owner and finBased [PDF] Read ☆ Someone Knows My Name : by Lawrence Hill - Someone Knows My Name, Someone Knows My Name Based on a true story The Book of Negroes tells the story of Aminata a young girl abducted from her village in Mali aged in and who after a deathly journey on a slave ship where she witnes

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About "Lawrence Hill"

  1. Lawrence Hill

    Hill is the author of ten books of fiction and non fiction In 2005, he won his first literary honour a National Magazine Award for the article Is Africa s Pain Black America s Burden published in The Walrus His first two novels were Some Great Thing and Any Known Blood, and his first non fiction work to attract national attention was the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice On Being Black and White in Canada But it was his third novel, The Book of Negroes HarperCollins Canada, 2007 published in some countries as Someone Knows My Name and in French as Aminata that attracted widespread attention in Canada and other countries Lawrence Hill s non fiction book, Blood The Stuff of Life was published in September 2013 by House of Anansi Press Blood is a personal consideration of the physical, social, cultural and psychological aspects of blood, and how it defines, unites and divides us Hill drew from the book to deliver the 2013 Massey Lectures across Canada In 2013, Hill published the essay Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book An Anatomy of a Book Burning University of Alberta Press.His fourth novel, The Illegal, was published by HarperCollins Canada in 2015 and by WW Norton in the USA in 2016 Hill is currently writing a new novel and a children s book, and co writing a television miniseries adaptation of The Illegal for Conquering Lion Pictures Hill is a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph, in Ontario.


  1. International title Someone Knows My Name It s 1802 and Aminata Diallo, now an old woman, sits down to write her life story at the request of the Abolitionists in London Abducted from her village in West Africa at the age of eleven and marched in a coffle a string of slaves for three months before reaching the coast, Aminata survives the voyage to America and ends up sold to an indigo plantation owner in South Carolina She describes herself as lucky, because compared to the tragic circumstances [...]

  2. This is a book where the plot is centered around slavery, but the book isn t really about slavery The story is really about a woman and the hardships she went through Aminata was an incredible protagonist, and I wish people could be like her.It is a fantastic book, and I highly recommend that everyone read it It has really made me want to pick up books that focus specifically on different cultures, as it really opened my eyes to how brutal some parts of the world were and still are It may be f [...]

  3. UPDATE 1.99 Kindle special today It s soooooooo GOOD Lisi my best friend since Jr High School Thank you for last week end NOTE If you have received your mail, I have started this book which you told me I MUST MUST read I started it this morning WOW.I m hooked already WONDERFUL just as you said Thanks Ilyce luv, ya Hi to Ken WOW I could not stop thinking about this story even when I wasn t reading it I ll be thinking about this book for a long time The Book of Negroes is a real historical documen [...]

  4. This is definitely the best book I read in 2011 and one I will remember for a long time Aminata Diallo is such a powerful character, a woman who had to deal with so much in her life but came out with a small victory in the end Slavery is something we all know about but it s very rare we really think about what the slaves went through, and how they were forced to adopt to a new culture and life separated from their family and homeland.Lawrence Hill did exceptional work on this book.

  5. Abducted by slave traders as a young child, Aminata is a survivor She is taken so far from home that her ultimate vow is to get back This is her powerful story that will make you laugh, tear and jump for joy all at the same time Powerful Moving Memorable The Book of Negroes will stay with you long after you have read it.I couldn t put this one down I know it seems like such a daunting read and the font is tiny, but trust me, you ll fly through this There are times it s heart breaking, so I had t [...]

  6. EVERYBODY PLEASE READ THIS BOOK NOW I felt a whole range of emotions when reading this book I can t even form a complete review to give Hill s novel justice However, I will say that this is the type of book that demands to be read and importantly, to reach a vast readership It demands that you sit down and put your WHOLE heart into reading this novel I say this because the story within this book s covers doesn t fully release the reader until they have hit the last page and every emotion one co [...]

  7. My expectations were set really high for this one It sat proudly at the top of my to read pile with an imposing 4.40 average across close to 1400 ratings.Now, I m not one of those dinks who look to read popular novels see Da Vinci Code pinheads just so they can turn their haughty noses up on them and knock down averages , but I m afraid my rating will knock this average down just a notch Not because I m a pinhead, but becauseThe Book of Negroes lacks what I need in a novel.Time and again, when I [...]

  8. Update 2 This just in from BOOK NEWS Lawrence Hill s bestselling novel The Book of Negroes is set to be adapted for film thanks to a chance meeting in a Toronto bookstore theglobeandmail news aUpdate The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill tops books list for the week ending June 16, 2009Larry s extensive research and plain great story telling are only two of the reasons why it was Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize the winner of The Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize went on to become a 1 [...]

  9. This book was obviously sad and depressing given the topic, but it was also fascinating There was so much history I was unfamiliar with, especially about slavery in Nova Scotia and and the return of ex slaves to Sierra Leone At times, the main character seemed a bit improbable and the ending was particularly improbable, but she was a great vehicle for seeing and understanding slavery in a number of contexts and also understanding that undoing the damage done is very complicated.

  10. My family is anti conditions of blacks in the American south type of literature I was taught to avoid being one of those black people who obsess over slavery and focus on our future Being born in Canada and growing up in an East African West Indian family, there was a belief that the American slave experience was somehow not our experience With that said, the only reason I read this book is because the author is from Canada Shallow, but true The story is told in retrospect through the eyes of th [...]

  11. I chanced upon this novel in a rather random way I was invited to discuss my own forthcoming book at a book club and the book club were reading The Book of Negroes for March I d heard of the novel but didn t have immediate plans to read it In the end I read the entire huge tome it s about 500 pages in just two or three days I actually could not stop reading it I learnt a lot from this book I learned a lot about my own family history I am half Sierra Leonean and the Sierra Leonean half of my fami [...]

  12. This is the story of Aminata, stolen from her homeland in Africa and taken into slavery in America on the cusp of the Revolutionary War Just heart wrenching what she endured, and she was actually one of the lucky ones Known as Mina, she easily learned languages and how to read, which helped her survive from one owner to the next, from one town to the next, from one country to the next, and from one continent to the next All she wanted was to have a family and to some day return to her homeland S [...]

  13. I found it absorbing I found it readable I wanted to like it than I actually did If any of Horatio Alger s characters had been born African and sold into slavery, Aminita Diallo might be its preincarnation It s hard to say that any slave is fortunate, yet Aminita, compared to those around her, keeps drawing to an inside straight only to be dealt the right card Hollywood should love it Maybe plausibility is not the most important element in historical fiction The story feels good from beginning [...]

  14. I can t believe I never rated this book Iris if you are reading this, Lisi and I both read this together years ago It s soooo gripping Possible to put down sooooo heartbreaking The author, Lawrence Hill, has a new book our I m in the middle of hiking audiobook listening to another bookopped to use the girls room check mail and just discover his new book.It s called The Illegal.But I can t recommend this book highly enough Warning thoughyou ll be spent when finished

  15. What an amazing book The protagonist is spectacular I don t think that I have ever identified so completely with a character in slavery The author incorporates historical events which were new to me always a plus The story was so compelling and so true to human behavior No group was all good or all bad, just human I am just dazzled by this superb work.

  16. There isn t enough space to fill all the accolades Lawrence Hill deserves with Someone Knows My Name Captivating in every way with a story line that grabs you from the first sentence and ends with you thinking.Awesome A book I won t forget and one that is a on my top, top favorites

  17. Inspiring Emotional Beautiful Significant Insightful.This is a difficult book to read There were moments that you would clench your jaw, moments that made you take a deep breath because it was too much to full digest, and moments of pure misery and heart shattering I think this is a novel that everyone must read at least once in their lives Learning the history of such a tough topic is incredibly suffocating at how horrific it is that any of it happened in the first place Living vicariously thro [...]

  18. I think this box is not large enough to encompass what I learned from this book I learned about the slave trade in Canada, I learned about Loyalists coming into Nova Scotia in hopes of land and freedom and finding only disillusion, disappointment, and segregation This tale follows Aminata Diallo from Africa to South Carolina to New York City, to Birchtown, Nova Scotia to Seirra Leone to London, England By the end of the novel I was so invested in Aminata s story that I was moved and cried throug [...]

  19. Using the historical Book of Negroes as a component, Lawrence Hill has created a sweeping picture of the African slave trade through the life of one woman, Aminatta Diallo We follow her from her days with her family in the village of Bayo in an unknown country of Africa, to her kidnapping, travel on a slave ship, and arrival in the new world The details of that voyage leave very little to the imagination There she follows the path of many others in being victimized, occasionally befriended, but [...]

  20. I ve wanted to read this book for a long time, so when it was chosen as a group read in my Historical Fiction group, I jumped at the chance to push it to the top of my list And I m very glad that I did Aminata Diallo was pulled from her home in Africa at 11, forced to walk 3 months to the coast, crossed the Atlantic on a slave ship, and then was sold into slavery From there, her story veers off in unexpected directions, and I found myself fascinated and completely wrapped up in her life and all [...]

  21. This was a quite a surprise read At first I was expecting something along the lines of Alex Haley s Roots but it doesn t have the same quick pace and gut wrenching scenes, it did however prove to be an eye opener with a strong story overall.Told in the first person and mostly through narration two writing styles I normally dislike , the story comes to life from beginning to end which shows how talented a writer Lawrence Hill is Even though it was told in the first person the reader can still app [...]

  22. as best as i can judge, lawrence hill reproduces here the style and tone of the classic slave narratives, which he also credits at the end in particular, he directs to reader to The Classic Slave Narratives collected by henry louis gates in one volume that includes olaudah equiano s, mary prince s, frederick douglass , and harriets jacobs autobiographies i have taught a couple of slave narratives douglass and jacobs and i must say it was a labor of love, because, well, because they sound dated t [...]

  23. Hearing your own name spoken in public isn t usually something significant Yet, on a slave trading ship that transported up to a thousand Africans to North America, this act of public acknowledgement was momentous Calling out their full names to each other was equal to affirming their humanity In the early mornings from the bowels of the vessel the chanting voices represented not only an important ritual of recognition and respect, it was also a way of finding out who had made it through the nig [...]

  24. I am sorry to report I was disappointed in this book I was excited to read about the Black Loyalists of Nova Scotia But there wasn t enough about that most of the book was devoted to Aminata s kidnapping, passage, and slave days Nothing wrong with that, but when he finally got around to the less familiar topics, he seemed to run out of gas.What bothered me , though, was the mediocre writing and editing There were just too many inconsistencies why isn t she unfamiliar with cities and maps and ana [...]

  25. There isn t a lot to say about this book It was an excellent summer read well paced, engrossing, well written Not a one of us disliked the book Reading it, to me, felt like story time in elementary school You know, you d be excited to hear the next part of the plot and while it was being read to you it utilized all of your senses Your childhood naivete allows you to accept all characters and plot lines as truth The problem with a great story like that is it doesn t make for a good book group dis [...]

  26. Someone Knows My Name is a very well written fictional account about the early days of slavery in America It tells the story of Aminata, a child born in Africa, who is captured and taken from her homeland and brought to America as a slave Yearning to get back to her homeland, Aminata s strong determination, strength of mind and intelligence enables her to cope with the events she experiences on her travels Aminata is indeed a strong and courageous female protagonist and is central to the other v [...]

  27. Lost interest, unfortunately Thin characterization the main character is beautiful, smart, resourceful, gutsy, charming, and not particularly accessible to the reader , stereotypes of course the African mother was a midwife , cliches of course the parents had fallen in love despite being from different tribes , anachronisms yet another daughter learning to read despite the times , depression if you ever doubted that it sucks to be kidnapped for slavery, this book will set you straight , etc etc [...]

  28. I love male authors who can write a convincing female lead in their novels Lawrence Hill s Aminata Diallo is a strong, lucky, fierce woman and I really enjoyed reading her life story.The writing itself flows so easily that falling into the story and just getting lost in it was super easy The story itself was in turns shocking, heartbreaking and uplifting I am glad I sat down and fell into this book, it was worth every minute.

  29. This link has the listing of the actual people whose names were put in the real life Book of Negros epec bac.gc 100 200 301 Aminata Diallo is eleven when her life is ripped apart and made never the same Slaver traders attack her village and murder her beloved father and mother She is taken away on a forced march to the sea and shipped to America where she is enslaved in South Carolina So begins the lifetime odyssey of Aminata who is renamed against her will Meena Aminata is a very unique black c [...]

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