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The Good Lord Bird (2013)

par James McBride

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Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry's master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town with Brown, who believes he's a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry, whom Brown nicknames Little Onion, conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive.… (plus d'informations)
  1. 10
    Lucy Marsden raconte tout par Allan Gurganus (novelcommentary)
    novelcommentary: Similar style and time period
  2. 21
    Les frères Sisters par Patrick deWitt (starfishian)
    starfishian: Another historical romp. Fun to read.
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    Flashman and the Angel of the Lord par George MacDonald Fraser (Lirmac)
    Lirmac: Another fictionalised account of John Brown and Harper's Ferry.
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I admired many things about this book, including the crackling, hilarious, inventive dialogue. But I found it tonally incoherent, unable to decide if it was farce, satire, or homage to John Brown. I wonder if reading it--rather than listening to the audiobook, like I did--would have resulted in a better experience of the text. ( )
  jalbacutler | Mar 19, 2022 |
3.5 stars. I did not finish this, because it simply wasn’t my cup of tea. The strong narrative voice is funny and captivating and I read the first 1/3 pretty fast. It’s a page turner for sure. But I got bored by the violence and sort of meandering story. It felt historically accurate to some degree (what do I really know, tho), but at the same time a bit too zany to be realistic. Nevertheless, I heartily recommend it if you’re in the mood for comedic, candidly brutal, historical fiction. ( )
  invisiblecityzen | Mar 13, 2022 |
3.5 stars. I did not finish this, because it simply wasn’t my cup of tea. The strong narrative voice is funny and captivating and I read the first 1/3 pretty fast. It’s a page turner for sure. But I got bored by the violence and sort of meandering story. It felt historically accurate to some degree (what do I really know, tho), but at the same time a bit too zany to be realistic. Nevertheless, I heartily recommend it if you’re in the mood for comedic, candidly brutal, historical fiction. ( )
  invisiblecityzen | Mar 13, 2022 |
Interesting story with an unusual protagonist. Very well written. ( )
  tsmom1219 | Feb 24, 2022 |
I read a lot. There are lots of books I like a lot, but few that I just love. The Good Lord Bird, though, I love, love, love. It's funny and sad and absorbing and very, very well written. It is probably the most readable book ever to win the National Book Award. There are plenty of descriptions of the plot and plenty of people singing Mr. McBride's praises, so I'll simply say--if you read only one book this year, make it this one. ( )
  ZadeB | Jan 7, 2022 |
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The book appears to be very random, as though the author and his editor had failed to spot that there are a troublesome number of repetitions and inconsistencies. Brown’s endless praying seems to be a comedic line that McBride has overinvested in.... McBride’s other running joke is that most of the slaves have not the slightest interest in being liberated.... Onion, although occupying hundreds of pages, is never interesting or even fully realised.... After the inevitable tragedy of Harper’s Ferry..., Onion finds his way to Philadelphia and freedom. Unexpectedly, this final section of the book really takes wing and almost redeems what I think is a missed opportunity.
 
...unpretentious, very funny, and totally endearing.... Still, any comic novel about such a calamitous time is a daring conceit, which in the wrong hands could go painfully wrong. McBride’s America feels huge, chaotic, and very much in formation.... Comparisons to Twain are inevitable, particularly given McBride’s use of vernacular.... But the raucous joy of traveling with Brown and his army also recalls Chaucer and Boccaccio. Brown may not be a polished hero, but he’s certainly an entertaining one, particularly with his band of not-so-merry men and one spunky, cross-dressing kid in tow.
 
This is a story that popular culture doesn't often visit, and it takes a daring writer to tackle a decidedly unflattering pre-Civil War story. Yet, in McBride's capable hands, the indelicate matter of a befuddled tween from the mid-19th century provides a new perspective on one of the most decisive periods in the history of this country.
ajouté par Muscogulus | modifierNPR, Bobbi Booker (Aug 23, 2013)
 
In McBride’s version of events, John Brown’s body doesn’t lie a-mouldering in the grave—he’s alive and vigorous and fanatical and doomed, so one could say his soul does indeed go marching on.... McBride presents an interesting experiment in point of view here, as all of Brown’s activities are filtered through the eyes of a young adolescent who wavers between innocence and cynicism.
ajouté par Muscogulus | modifierKirkus Reviews (Aug 20, 2013)
 
There is something deeply humane in this, something akin to the work of Homer or Mark Twain. We tend to forget that history is all too often made by fallible beings who make mistakes, calculate badly, love blindly and want too much. We forget, too, that real life presents utterly human heroes with far more contingency than history books can offer. McBride’s Little Onion — a sparkling narrator who is sure to win new life on the silver screen — leads us through history’s dark corridors, suggesting that “truths” may actually lie elsewhere.
ajouté par zhejw | modifierWashington Post, Marie Arana (Aug 19, 2013)
 

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Rare Negro Papers Found
by A.J. Watson
Wilmington, Del. (AP)
June 14, 1966
A fire that destroyed the city's oldest Negro church has led to the discovery of a wild slave narrative that highlights a little-known era of American history

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Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry's master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town with Brown, who believes he's a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry, whom Brown nicknames Little Onion, conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive.

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