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The Water Dancer In his boldly imagined first novel, Ta Nehisi Coates, the National Book Award winning author of Between the World and Me, brings home the most intimate evil of enslavement the cleaving and separation of families.Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her but was gifted with a mysterious power Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme to escape from the only home he s ever known.So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North Even as he s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children the violent and capricious separation of families and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved Written by one of today s most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen. Download The Water Dancer By Ta-Nehisi Coates – groundhogwalking.co.uk

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  1. banging pots and pans together HELLO I D LIKE TO BRING EVERYONE S ATTENTION TO THIS BOOK WHICH IS DESCRIBED ASA bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure Driven by the author s bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America s oldest struggle the struggle to tell the truth from one of our most exciting thinkers banging pots and pans together HELLO I D LIKE TO BRING EVERYONE S ATTENTION TO THIS BOOK WHICH IS DESCRIBED ASA bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure Driven by the author s bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America s oldest struggle the struggle to tell the truth from one of our most excit...

  2. If you ve read his non fiction than you know what a powerfully this author writes I was so curious about his first first foray into fiction Would it be as good, as powerful For me the answer is yes This is a vividly portrayed and imaginative slave narrative It takes place mostly in Virginia at a plantation called Lockless Hiram is our narrator, he remembers little of his mother and he is the black son of the plantation owner He also possesses a remarkable memory, and another unusual talen If you ve read his non fiction than you know what a powerfully this author writes I was so curious about his first first foray into fiction Would it be as good, as powerful For me the answer is yes This is a vividly portrayed and imaginative slave narrative It takes place mostly in Virginia at a plantation called Lockless Hiram is our narrator, he remembers little of his mother and he is the black son of the plantation owner He also possesses a remarkable memory, and another unusual talent, which I will not explain in this review The life and brutality of the slave life is powerfully portrayed, the daily losses, the death of self.The slaves are ca...

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  4. 4.5 StarsA beautifully shared story of the history of slavery, a world built by those purchased or born of those referred to as the Tasked under the watchful eyes of their owners, those of the Quality. While this time and place are difficult to read about, there s a magical element to this that manages to create an atmosphere both hopeful and lovely, and helps to balance out the overall atmosphereI am here, telling this story, and not from the grave, not yet, but from the here and now, peeri 4.5 StarsA beautifully shared story of the history of slavery, a world built by those purchased or born of those referred to as the Tasked under the watchful eyes of their owners, those of the Quality. While this time and place are difficult to read about, there s a magical element to this that manages to create an atmosphere both hopeful and lovely, and helps to balance out the overall atmosphereI am here, telling this story, and not from the grave, not yet, but from the here and now, peering back into another time, when we were slaves, and close to the earth, and close to a power that baffled the scholars and flummoxed the Quality, a power, like our music, like our dance, that they cannot grasp, because they cannot rememberTo hear Ta Nehisi Coates read this quote There is something about the writing that feels as though every word is so deliberately chosen to perfectly convey the emotions, action...

  5. This is an absolutely beautiful book The writing itself is stunning and a lot of work is put into absolutely every sentence It deals with such heavy and heartbreaking topics and at times it is very hard to read, but also at times still feels optimistic that there are good things in this world worth fighting for such as love, family, connections, familiarity and home This book took me a while to read as it is very deep and character driven This is a slow story that you are meant to take your This is an absolutely beautiful book The writing itself is stunning and a lot of work is put into absolutely every sentence It deals with such heavy and heartbreaking topics and at times it is very hard to read, but also at times still feels optimistic that there are good things in this world worth fighting for such as love, family, connections, familiarity and home This book took me a while to read as it is very deep and character driven This is a slow story that you are meant to take your time with and really absorb and understand The story line is good and moves along at a good pace but the things that makes this book different from other books on this topic is first the focus on people s thoughts and inner workings How they felt, how they thought, what made them make the choi...

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  7. Ta Nehisi Coates is a genius Seriously, he s got the MacArthur Fellowship to prove it I ve read a lot of his previous work in The Atlantic, along with Between the World and Me, so I was excited to find out that he s chosen to branch out into historical fiction with The Water Dancer He s a gifted writer, and his talent shines in any genre in which he chooses to write.The first thing that struck me in The Water Dancer was the level of detail in each sentence It s obvious that Coates informed Ta Nehisi Coates is a genius Seriously, he s got the MacArthur Fellowship to prove it I ve read a lot of his previous work in The Atlantic, along with Between the World and Me, so I was excited to find out that he s chosen to branch out into historical fiction with The Water Dancer He s a gifted writer, and his talent shines in any genre in which he chooses to write.The first thing that struck me in The Water Dancer was the level of detail in each sentence It s obvious that Coates informed his writing with thorough research, and he used this knowledge to infuse each line with details that vividly depict both the setting antebellum America and his characters thoughts, feelings, and emotions The sentences themselves are carefully crafted and often complex to digest what was happening, I had to slow my reading speed considerably This isn t because the prose is difficult, butso because every sentence has a purpose There s no filler ma...

  8. Who isThe Water DancerEarly on in this lyrical tale we see images of black women dancing with jugs of water perched upon their heads, moving to release the tensions of their lives and celebrate the sense of family and community they share with one another despite their circumstances It isn t until much later that we see another water dancer, a true historical figure, and then, finally, another He is the book s central character, Hiram Walker.Hiram Hi Walker is a child when we first meet Who isThe Water DancerEarly on in this lyrical tale we see images of black women dancing with jugs of water perched upon their heads, moving to release the tensions of their lives and celebrate the sense of family and community they share with one another despite their circumstances It isn t until much later that we see another water dancer, a true historical figure, and then, finally, another He is the book s central character, Hiram Walker.Hiram Hi Walker is a child when we first meet him, and all is revealed through his eyes, thoughts, and emotions He shows us the unspeakable cruelties of slavery He refers to as himself and his fellow slaves as the Tasked The oppressors he calls Quality Other whites who do not own slaves are the Low As the illegitimate biracial son of the estate owner, he moves between the two worlds, yet he has no power, no freedom I had never before read any work by C...

  9. the story of America s oldest struggle the struggle to tell the truth This sounds so good, I can t believe it isn t onpeople s radar

  10. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The prose is magjestic not a typo, a combination of magnificent and majestic And the reason why I lead with that is simply, the magjesty not a typo will keep you going when this bold and very ambitious novel drags a little under the weight of the challenge of crafting a story about the ills and evils of slavery, without the loudness It always happened like this that is what I had been told Bored whites were barbarian whites While they played at aristocrats, we were their well appointed and The prose is magjestic not a typo, a combination of magnificent and majestic And the reason why I lead with that is simply, the magjesty not a typo will keep you going when this bold and very ambitious novel drags a little under the weight of the challenge of crafting a story about the ills and evils of slavery, without the loudness It always happened like this that is what I had been told Bored whites were barbarian whites While they played at aristocrats, we were their well appointed and stoic attendants But when they tired of dignity, the bottom fell out New games were anointed and we were but pieces on the board It was terrifying There was no limit to what they might do at this end of the tether, nor what my father would allow them to do The foundation of this novel is sl...

  11. I thoroughly enjoyed The Water Dancer and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in a unique, accessible story about slavery Stories about slavery tend to be quite dark, horrific, and rightfully upsetting, which can make them difficult to read Thankfully this book strikes a nice balance between revealing those horrors and examining the psychological impact on those who lived through them, while also providing moments of joy, happiness, and most importantly hope Hope that the characte I thoroughly enjoyed The Water Dancer and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in a unique, accessible story about slavery Stories about slavery tend to be quite dark, horrific, and rightfully upsetting, which can make them difficult to read Thankfully this book strikes a nice balance between revealing those horrors and examining the psychological impact on those who lived through them, while also providing moments of joy, happiness, and most importantly hope Hope that the characters will not only survive, but live to enjoy a life of peace and purpose First off, the cover art is beautiful I don t know how the final release will look, but my copy includes three renderings of a boy swimming in the water, with beautiful shades of blue and black Being the first book that I have read by Ta Nehisi Coates, I wasn t sure what to expect I liked that Coates incorporated elements of magical realism into this novel, which covers the harsh subject matter of slavery ...

  12. It s clear this is a first novel by an established writer of a different genre The prose is clunky in places and too much time is devoted to less interesting action Despite those reservations, there is some really lovely work here, some imagery and metaphors that feel very resonant.

  13. An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The setting of this book was absolutely impeccable I haven t read many novels about slavery in America I m Canadian, so it s not a huge part of our school curriculum or an aspect of history I personally studied , but this book is definitely an excellent exploration of that time period from the perspective of a slave Nothing is overly explained, but there is very clear imagery about how status an An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The setting of this book was absolutely impeccable I haven t read many novels about slavery in America I m Canadian, so it s not a huge part of our school curriculum or an aspect of history I personally studied , but this book is definitely an excellent exploration of that time period from the perspective of a slave Nothing is overly explained, but there is very clear imagery about how status and race works I loved Hiram s perspective on the Tasked slaves and Quality the high born whites who own slaves , and Hiram himself is a sympathetic and bright narrator, if sometimes naive or overly wishful That said, I sometimes stumbled upon the narration and prose Coates can write beautifully, and there were many passages I found incredibly well written ideas about...

  14. The Water DancerVirginia, tobacco fields who once enriched the masters and brought on the slave trade, see their land striped to sand, their mansions crumbling.Slaves are sold, families separated, children sold from their mothers, all send Natchez way, Tennessee, Missouri, where masters with lucrative land are in need of Taskersslaves.A lineI heard stories of white men who bought colored men to enact their wildest pleasures white men who kept them locked away for the sheer thrill of being The Water DancerVirginia, tobacco fields who once enriched the masters and brought on the slave trade, see their land striped to sand, their mansions crumbling.Slaves are sold, families separated, children sold from their mothers, all send Natchez way, Tennessee, Missouri, where masters with lucrative lan...

  15. This is a brilliant and beautiful book I have never read any of Ta Nehisi Coates other work, so I was unprepared to be so blown away by his beautiful prose and creative storytelling The Water Dancer is the story of Hiram, a slave who is tasked with the care of his half brother, the overly indulged heir of the plantation After narrowly escaping death by drowning, Hiram realizes that he is meant to be free, and makes plans to escape His decision sets events in motion that span counties, state This is a brilliant and beautiful book I have never read any of Ta Nehisi Coates other work, so I was unprepared to be so blown away by his beautiful prose and creative storytelling The Water Dancer is the story of Hiram, a slave who is tasked with the care of his half brother, the overly indulged heir of the plantation After narrowly escaping death by drowning, Hiram realizes that he is meant to be free, and makes plans to escape His decision sets events in motion that span counties, states, and years as Hiram enlists in the Underground Railroad and fights for freedom and restoration The first thing to know is that this story is not meant to be a fast paced thriller The descriptions in the story are inviting and delicious They draw the reader into Hiram s world and describe a detailed world that in some w...