The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This debut novel by Coates is lyrical and poetic. A few times I lost the thread of the story because each sentence by itself was so wonderfully written. Much like the trees in the forest, there were times I couldn’t see the story because of the beauty of the sentences. But there is just so much Beauty in the individual sentences and moments that he describes…I was struck by some of the ideas that Coates includes like how slave owners capture women “by their own blood”. It just didn’t occur to me that this was yet another way in which women were forced to be slaves. Once a woman has a child, she is owned through her blood. Now if she runs, she leaves the child. Years ago I read Beloved and I was aware that the child can be used against a woman to keep her subdued. But this idea was further driven home and explored by this story. ..Hiram is a fascinating character. He is an innocent learning about this world and exploring it along with the reader. Moses, parting the sea, conduction, Hiram, Harriet Tubman. I love the connections that Coates makes. Can conduction just save people faster? Can we use it today? 

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