Even the most elementary description of slavery can't help but be anything but horrific. That a person would "own" another human being...how. how can this be?
The Slave Dancer is not elementary in its description, yet I am sure that doesn't even come close to the actual horrors of a slave ship. This is a fictionalized account of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Jessie is kidnapped from his home in New Orleans and forced aboard a slave ship, forced into playing his flute for the kidnapped men and woman on board so that they can exercise.
A devastating story.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.