6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable and thought-provoking,
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This review is from: Sold down the River (Benjamin January) (Mass Market Paperback)
Continues the story of a free man of colour in 1830s Louisiana. This installment sees Ben resume life as a slave, having escaped it at age 7. The books are backed by historical research which paints a detailed yet accessible picture of life and society at the time and which draws the reader in. This readability only serves to highlight even more strongly the very different beliefs and behaviour of that time, particularly in treatment of coloured people, whether free or slave. Ben's increasing sense of vulnerability and fear at being abandoned on the plantation by his friends and co-conspirators are particularly vivid. However, the book avoids sentimentality and sensationalism. Add in intriguing plotlines, vivid (if not always likeable) characters and this series is both enoyable and thought-provoking.