As the ship travels to Africa and then to Cuba, the author's excellent writing, provides clear, crisp images that anchor the reader while the ship is tempest tossed and hell bent toward finishing their destination The journey becomes darker and deeper as evil resides above the deck and 98 slaves witness terror below.
What's the story? The somewhat awkward device of Jessie's kidnapping allows author Paula Fox to look at the slave trade from the point of view of an innocent. Another example of excellent writing are these paragraph: "For some time after the sun had set, the sky remained the color of rope.
Jessie, neither slave, slave owner, nor slave trader, an empathetic boy brought up in genteel poverty in a majority-black city, can relate to what he sees with just revulsion, and without hypocrisy or complicity, though the complete lack of any sort of racism in this son of the pre-Civil War South strains credulity a bit.
Continue reading Show less Talk to your kids about In addition, several characters in the book are racists, and their language and attitudes offended some readers. He is a young 13 year old white male who, while aware of the dirty business of slavery, had no idea what was in store for him or the slaves.
On the ship he meets the vicious and greedy captain, and the sullen and contentious crew. Having said this, you may wonder why I highly recommend this dark tale full of vivid, violent details.