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Set before and during the Revolutionary War, Octavian deals with racism, war, and what it means to have free will. Satire? Historical novel? Magical realism? You decide.
Set during the American Revolution, Octavian is raised as a pampered African prince by a society of Enlightenment philosophers who view him as an experiment. Realizing that his freedom is an illusion, Octavian sets off on a journey to find freedom and a place in the world. These books will challe... Read More »
An African-American boy living in the 1700’s grows up as a part of an experiment designed to gage whether Africans have the same mental capacities as Europeans. The best “children’s” book since To Kill a Mockingbird. Extremely difficult reading, well worth the effort.
Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
An African-American boy living in the 1700s grows up as part of an experiment designed to gauge whether or Africans have the same mental capacities as Europeans. The best American "children's" book since Huck Finn.
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The Latin for “slave” – servus – as rendered in English literally is “the spared one”; slaves being those taken prisoner in battle, who should, therefore, by all rules of engagement, have been slain. In antiquity, slaves possessed no rights as citizens because, though spared, they were accounted dead, and as the dead, could not be admitted as living men; and so, for generations, the dead toiled and bred in Rome; the dead taught Rome’s children the secrets of philosophy; the dead built Rome’s great monuments and tombs; until the Romans themselves joined the dead, and all that remained were tombs, and monuments, and half-remembered tombs.
And then they imprisoned me in darkness; and though there was no color there, I still was black, and they still were white; and for that, they bound and gagged me.
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