Wednesday, 1 July 2015

My Name's not Friday by Jon Walter


'This boy has bought me. This white boy who don't even look as old as I am. He owns me body and soul and my worth has been set at six hundred dollars.'

Samuel's an educated boy. Been taught by a priest. He was never supposed to be a slave.
He's a good boy too, thoughtful and kind. The type of boy who'd take the blame for something he didn't do if it meant he saved his brother. So now they don't call him Samuel. Not anymore. And the sound of guns is getting ever closer...

An extraordinary tale of endurance and hope, Jon Walter's second novel is a beautiful and moving story about the power of belief and the strength of the human spirit, set against the terrifying backdrop of the American Civil War.


My thoughts
Another book which I picked up not knowing much and found myself completely hooked by the end

Now this book is historical fiction and not my sort of history which means it took me a while to get into it. I teach history and sometimes I can be a bit odd with it either loving it entirely or being put off instantly because it isn't really the sort of history I'm into. I must admit I was very aware of that as I started this book and made myself stick with it to start with and by the time I had got a little way in I was hooked.

My Name's not Friday is a fascinating story about slavery in America. It made me feel for the main character and the injustices he faces as the story unfolds. The life he ends up being forced to live purely because of the colour of his skin makes you want to weep for him and you see the real unfairness of it all.

Well worth a read. 

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