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Epic slave comedy horror at its finest,
This review is from: Middle Passage (Paperback)
This novel concerns the troubles of black petty criminal Rutherford Calhoun, who stows away on a ship to escape debt collectors and marriage, only to find it's a slave ship bound for africa, occupied by a horrible bunch of misfits, not least the Captain, who's an extreme caricature of Melvilles Ahab.
This is a brilliant book, though it can get a bit dense in places. It is amusing, terrifying, moving and sometimes just downright odd, but definitely worth your time. The main character, Rutherford is a classic cheeky, selfish, 'don't care about anyone but myself' scoundrel who sees and experiences horror and disaster. Made me laugh out loud at some parts, made me slightly scared to turn the page in some, and almost made me cry in others.