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Ama: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade (Anglais) Broché – 23 septembre 2014
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Listed as the best first book in the Africa Region by the Commonwealth Foundation. Commonwealth Writers Prize for 2002.
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A Great Book
le 16 février 2014 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Every once in a while I had to put this book down and take a deep breath. I would get caught up in the adventure as Manu Herbstein tells a dramatic and rich story that is clearly well researched which sinks you more deeply into it, but I also needed little mental breathers to contemplate the tragedy and horror of it all. How in the hell did slavery last for so long - over four hundred years? And how was it that so many of our ancestors couldn’t see that it was wrong. Manu Herbstein gives a few hints at why this might be. He does this by referencing the literature that Ama is instructed to read, then takes up as a hobby and as a means to escape the horrors around her. It has to do with empathy. Empathy is something that humans seem to be able to avoid too easily, probably for survival purposes. Ama has empathy which makes her a heroic character, and unusual. Herbstein picks up on what Eric Auerbach traced in his book, Mimesis, which is a history of Western literature that focuses on subtle changes in our awareness and ability to communicate (and mimic) truthfully, our feelings and how they relate to our actions. The most inhumane characters in Herbstein’s book are those that see the books that Ama reads as trash, and see literature as a potential threat to the status quo. Herbstein wonderfully interlaces this theme of the value of literature and storytelling throughout the book. Herbstein has written a great and tragic adventure that for all my limited experience with literature I would have to say is an important book, which will hopefully inspire others as I’m sure it will with my work. Thanks Mr. Herbstein!
le 30 mai 2017 - Publié sur Amazon.com
I did not know the history of slavery in the North Atlantic. Loved reading this story about a strong intelligent African woman who endured and never gave up on her dream of freedom! Well written! Would recommend it to young adults and women in hopes they can appreciate their own inner strength!
le 8 mars 2015 - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book portrayed the absolute horror and indefensible ugliness of human bondage in a personalized way that made it more shockingly real than a mere history book ever could. The courage and perseverance of the enslaved men and women was almost beyond understanding, as was the cruelty of their 'masters'. This book was well written, although the subject matter kept it from being a pleasurable read. I'm glad I read it and increased my knowledge of this period in history. The author's notes say the characters and events are a work of fiction; I wish slavery was as well.
What a great story! One of those books you can't put ...
le 27 mars 2015 - Publié sur Amazon.com
What a great story! One of those books you can't put down. Sure did get an education with this book. The trials they had to go through were horrible. My heart bled for them. I still don't understand why they blame the whites when it was their own people that sold them into slavery though. I know the whites bought them but it seems that their own people kept the trade alive so that their lives were made easier too. Hmmm. Something to research more I guess.
I honestly didn't think I'd like this book this much
le 10 septembre 2015 - Publié sur Amazon.com
I honestly didn't think I'd like this book this much. At the beginning, it was a bit confusing with all the different characters to keep track of. Eventually, you'll really start to relate to Nandzi/Ama/Pamela. I read it for my Intro to Black Experience class, so I use to dread it at first. Now, I fully appreciate this book.