January 14, 2009

Elijah of Buxton

Ok, I actually read the hardcover which has a much goofier cover.  Of course, this one looks a little too serious.  Not that I have any suggestions.  The book hits both notes and many more.  It's a Huckleberry Finn-like scattered romp for the first half or so, but has it's harsher moments in the second half.  Yet as Betsy Bird says,  in one of her two reviews, "You can't sugar coat slavery."  You just can't and you probably wouldn't want to.

It's an amazing achievement and I'm not kidding when I say it's right up there with Huck Finn and The Hatchet and anything else you want to try to match it up with.  This one will stick around.