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The Water Dancer

por Ta-Nehisi Coates

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"Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery 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 utopic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he left behind--but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss. This is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by the author's bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America's oldest struggle--the struggle to tell the truth--from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers"--… (más)
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This is the story of Hiram, a slave on a Virginia plantation, his father the very master of the estate. Hi is gifted beyond measure with perfect memory and recollection, save for the memory of his departed mother, lost in the fog of his mind. It is this very talent of memory that gets him called into the house to serve a new task, waiting on his white half-brother, Maynard. But Hi has another gift beyond his memory, a power known to few, the power of Conduction. Upon seeing a phantom dancing on a bridge, events are set into motion that will send Hiram on a journey through the horrors of slavery, the wonders of freedom, and the salvation of one's true family. Beautifully written, Coates has weaved a story about the power of stories; those we tell others, those we hold dear, and those forgotten waiting to reemerge. The real and the fantastic merge in what is sure to be an instant bestseller. ( )
  SeanBoley | Jun 5, 2021 |
This was an absolutely beautifully written book that I know I'll read again. And Joe Morton did a fabulous job narrating. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
Great, authentic book. ( )
  Photogshmotog | Apr 26, 2021 |
I really wanted to like this book but I admit I have a difficult relationship with magical realism. Sometimes it works for me but many times it doesn't. In this book, the magical realism did not work; I really could not see the point of it and how it moved the plot forward. It seemed like it was thrown in with really no connection to the main plot.

The story of the main character was interesting. The language, at times, was quite beautiful and did a good job of reflecting the way people thought and talked. One of my pet peeves with some writing; I dislike oblique references that make me try to guess what exactly just happened. This happened a few times in the book where I was left wondering what the significance of certain passages were. ( I did not understand that Ms. Quinn was running the Underground until a few pages after the revelation.)

Nonetheless, it was interesting to see black slavery from a different point of view and some of the characters were quite memorable. An average book. ( )
1 vota DidIReallyReadThat | Apr 26, 2021 |
First half was ok but then it became weird and it stopped reading. ( )
  kakadoo202 | Apr 23, 2021 |
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And I could only have seen her there on the stone bridge, a dancer wreathed in ghostly blue, because that was the way they would have taken her back when I was young, back when the Virginia earth was still red as brick and red with life, and though there were other bridges spanning the river Goose, they would have bound her and brought her across this one, because this was the bridge that fed into the turnpike that twisted its way through the green hills and down the valley before bending in one direction, and that direction was south.
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"Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery 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 utopic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he left behind--but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss. This is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by the author's bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America's oldest struggle--the struggle to tell the truth--from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers"--

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