Review: Someone Knows My Name

July 28, 2011

Someone Knows My Name
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I came across this book while doing research into Black people who chose the British team in the competition for control of resources known as the American Revolution. Narrated by the fictional Aminatta Diallo, the majority of the book is delineated by Diallo’s desire to return to the home she knew as a child. That home, Africa (a word she hears for the first time in the then colonies) turns out not to be the same home she remembered. It has been extremely negatively impacted on by the trade in human beings. Drawn from an actual historical document known as Book of Negroes, Hill does such an effective job of bringing to life the “reality” of the Black Loyalists listed in the document, I would be remiss not to wholeheartedly recommend this piece of historical fiction which won the 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize.

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One Response to “Review: Someone Knows My Name”

  1. Iris Chayet said

    Such a rich portrayal of the abductions from Africa, and the horrors the people endured on the boats over and the dehumination they experieced being brought to another country as slaves ripped away from families.
    Well written, historical book, characters fly off he pages, Aminata is the bravest woman and a fine leader when her time arrives. One of my most favorite books of the yer

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