JAMES--Percival Everett

It would be demeaning to call James a re-telling of Twain's story of Huck Finn.  In this compulsively readable novel, we meet Jim in all his subjective complexity.  About to be sold to another slaveowner, he's  on the run but and determined to go back for his wife and daughter when he can find  a way to do it. He  joins forces with Huck Finn  for portions of the book, but is on his own for most of the novel . (Huck is a secondary character, but  Everett has surprises in his story  as well.)  As he moves from place to place, Jim  encounters a spectrum of characters, from so-called anti-slavery whites to a black man passing as white, to slaves afraid to be free. James is a complicated figure,  who has to suppress his intellect and learning in order to pass unnoticed,  speaking  in one language to please whites and thinking in another. And the ending is not to be missed.                   

 

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ISBN: 9780385550369
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Published: Doubleday - March 19th, 2024