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The Good Lord Bird

McBride, James (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Good Lord Bird


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Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.
Authors: McBride, James, 1957-
Title: The good lord bird
Publisher: New York, New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2013
Characteristics: 417 pages ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: James McBride
Summary: Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.
ISBN: 9781594486340
1594486344
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCBRIDE 2013
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Report This Feb 24, 2014
  • GummiGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Unexpectedly funny, given that it's mostly true to the history of the events. I'll definitely want to read McBride's other books now.

As with most fiction, I was initally bored by the series of made-up vignettes (read: movie script scenes) that make up the first half of the book. But McBride is an accomplished writer, and the story told in this historical fiction eventually supported his worthy observations on race relations and personhood. I warmed to the tale featuring the disguised slave boy Onion's involvement with the zealot abolitionist John Brown, to the extent that I may now seek out what I'd normally prefer: a non-fiction account of Brown and his quixotic raid on Harper's Ferry. By the way, it gives away nothing to note that the Good Lord Bird is not a lord, but a bird.

Report This Dec 10, 2013
  • ssjhung rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Initially I did not intend to read the book because the plot did not interest me, until it won the National Book Award in November. I am very glad to say that I read the book. It is adventurous and interesting, and touching and funny. It is a very easy read, although slightly tedious in the middle. It is one of the few best books I have read this year, and well deserves the Award.

Report This Oct 16, 2013
  • lilly29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

James McBride out did himself. This story is funny and interesting. It almost sounds true. The main character, Onion, tells us the truth of life and how people would rather fake through life then be 'a man'. I was glad at the end that Mr. McBride decided that Onion would 'man up' to live his own life.

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