Slavery, gun-wielding human rights activists, cross-dressing?
This was a crazy story and a fun read because of the zany actions and dialect and dialogue of the characters. The whole thing is an out-of-control caricature of people and life, yet also has an underlying seriousness of the near constant danger African American people lived in the period of time leading up to the civil war (which is when the story takes place).
James McBride does a great job of capturing language and creating over-the-top characters. I loved the way the old man gave long prayers and how the men would wander off or take naps. I loved that there were so many variations to the names they called alcohol – it was delightful every time a new phrase was used. I also loved that Mr. McBride was able to touch on so many emotions in the story ranging from laughter to sadness.
I don’t want to give a lot of the story away, but I surely recommend this book, as did my local library (which is how I stumbled upon it). It is delightfully original and full of flavorful language.