The Friday 56 – Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted over at Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple and go something like this.

Friday 561.  Grab a book, any book.
2.  Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
3.  Find any sentence, (or a few, just don’t spoil it)
4.  Post it.
5.  Add the post url, not your blog url to the Linky.
6. Tweet it #Friday56 (not an official Freda’s Voice rule)

I’m involved in a book club that a few of my coworkers and I got together. We’re a pretty eclectic bunch and there is no shortage of sarcasm and smart arse-y, which is awesome.

Anyway, our next read is Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. I don’t usually jump on the reading hyped books bandwagon because I find they rarely live up to the hype. But Washington Black was definitely enjoyable.

This week’s Friday 56 is a quote I wish from the depths of my being I could do. But unfortunately I’ve to eat and I’ve got bills to pay.

 I was a child no more; I was already a yong man of sixteen. And so I found intermittent work at the docks. This work was a choice made in strength – for governed how much I worked and spen the rest of my days as I wished. I recalled what Big Kit had once said about freedom – that if he did not feel like working , the free man tossed down his shovel. If he did not like a question, he made no answer. And I was trying my best to live up to that ideal, to be my own free man.

Washington Black pg. 212


Have you read it? If so, what did you think?

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2 thoughts on “The Friday 56 – Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

  1. Diana June 11, 2019 / 11:17 pm

    That’s a good quote, but I think the book did not live up to the hype. There are far better books on the topic than this one. I mean all the excitement about scientific discoveries is abandoned twenty percent into the book and, apart from all the travelling, there is nothing original or new going on. Wash grows up, meets people, meets a girl and has a complicated relationship with his old master. It was painfully boring.

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    • The Broken Spine June 12, 2019 / 12:04 am

      Agreed! I really enjoyed the first, I believe, two sections and then after that it was a super slog to get through. But I had to because I was hosting book club. I literally finished it a few hours before book club and had over a month to read it.

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