Middle Passage

Middle Passage

Book - 2005
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It is 1830. Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave and irrepressible rogue, is desperate to escape unscrupulous bill collectors and an impending marriage to a priggish schoolteacher. He jumps aboard the first boat leaving New Orleans, the Republic, Peopled with vivid and unforgettable characters, nimble in its interplay of comedy and serious ideas, this dazzling modern classic is a perfect blend of the picaresque tale, historical romance, sea yarn, slave narrative, and philosophical novel.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2005
Edition: First Scribner trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780684855882
Branch Call Number: FIC JOHNSON 2005
Characteristics: 209 pages ; 21 cm


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Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave from Illinois, boards a ship in New Orleans to back out of an engagement only to find that he inadvertently joined a slave ship bound for Africa. Seattle author.

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May 10, 2017

This is a wonderful book "picaresque tale, historical romance, sea yarn, slave naarative and philosophical novel". A memorable character Rutherford Calhoun a black man stowaway on a slave ship.

Feb 13, 2015

the author constantly showed me my assumptions and expectations were completely off course! To say it is about race would be way too narrow. It is about the universal human experience through a superb storyteller. I found myself repeatedly sensing how insidious prejudice is!

Dec 11, 2010

1990 National Book Award - Fiction


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