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The Water Dancer
The Water Dancer
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. 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 e...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780241325254
ISBN-10: 0241325250
Publication Date: 2/6/2020
Pages: 320

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Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 3
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njmom3 avatar reviewed The Water Dancer on + 1361 more book reviews
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All historical fiction is just that â fiction, and The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehesi Coates is no exception. The fiction label allows history to be massaged into a compelling story. However, this history itself is so compelling that it needs no embellishment especially not one based in magic. That concern aside, aspects of the writing pull me right into the middle of the story. That is the history that speaks to me in this book and gives it its power.

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BigGreenChair avatar reviewed The Water Dancer on + 453 more book reviews
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I have to give it a so-so; while an incredibly important topic, the book left me a little wanting. I'm not sure I can even identify why. It did do a good job of going further than 'this is what happened to me' to letting the reader see the lifetime changes/damage caused by each incident, so more into the mind of the destruction. The writing itself was good.
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A fantastic book. I listened to the audiobook read by Joe Morton. What a wonderful âperformanceâ. He read with such enthusiasm and feeling, and this added so much more than just reading the words myself.