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When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her-but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram's resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures. This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children-the violent and capricious separation of families-and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved.
Forlag One World
Genre Fantasy Historisk litteratur
Omtalt tid 1850-1899
Omtalt sted Virginia
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“The Water Dancer,” is the first novel of Ta-Nehisi Coates. The main character is Hiram Walker, a slave born under “the Task” who serves as the story’s narrator. Hiram is the mixed-race son of the owner of a Virginia tobacco plantation and a mother who was tragically sold away when he was 5. This hidden trauma gives fuel to a supernatural power, here called the Conduction.
Coates balances the horrors of slavery against the fantastical. Hiram’s potential for Conduction leads him to become involved with the Underground. Coates uses historical figures as an inspiration to his characters. In the North Hiram meets a women named Harriet and they called her "Moses". In historical documents we can find that Harriet Tubman was a woman known as the “Moses of her people, a women who escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad.
I read somewhere that The Water Dancer's spiritual mother is Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon.
Jeg vakler litt mellom kjærlighet og likegyldighet her. Det var tungt å komme i gang, så ble det viktig og nesten hårreisende spennende , før det dabbet av til en litt for politisk korrekt ending. Denne historien hadde fortjent en bedre regi. Eller redigering. Eller en frittstående TV-serie.
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Og jeg kunne bare ha sett henne der på steinbrua, en danserinne drapert i spøkelseaktig blått, fordi det var veien de måtte ha tatt henne med seg da jeg var liten, den gangen Virginaias jord ennå var rød som murstein og rød av liv, og selv om det gikk andre bruer over elva Goose, hadde de nok fraktet henne, bastet og bundet, over denne, for det var denne brua som førte til hovedveien som buktet seg gjennom de grønne åsene og ned i dalen før den svingte i én retning, og den retningen var sørover.
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