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Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by [Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Deborah G. Plant]
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Though both Hurston and Lewis are long gone, Hurston's account of the former slave's life serves as a timely reminder of our shared humanity-and the consequences that can occur if we forget it.

-- "People"

An impactful story that will stick with you long after the final page.

-- "Parade"

Barracoon and its long path to print is a testament to Zora's singular vision amid so many competing pressures that continue to put us at war with ourselves.

-- "Huffington Post "

The details he shared with Hurston are indelible...[In] Hurston's attentive gaze [there is] not restitution but the consolations of kinship and witness.

-- "New York Times Book Review"

A man who lived across one century and two continents, Kossola's life was marked, repeatedly and relentlessly, by loss: of his homeland, of his humanity, of his given names, of his family. For decades, his full story, from his perspective and in his voice, was also lost, but with the publication of Barracoon, it is rightfully restored.

-- "Smithsonian "

Kossula's story reminds us that Emancipation did not end those assaults on the communities and families of African Americans but rather enabled their continuation through other means.

-- "Nation"

Hurston's recovered masterpiece, Barracoon, is a stunning addition to several overlapping canons of American literature...[Hurston] makes herself almost invisible in this book, dedicating entire chapters to Kossola's monologues, with few authorial interventions.

-- "Washington Post"

Brimming with observational detail from a man whose life spanned continents and eras, the story is at times devastating, but Hurston's success in bringing it to light is a marvel.

-- "NPR"

Capturing the dialect, accent, and intonation of Cudjo Lewis, then living in Alabama, presents a challenging task for narrator Robin Miles, who must deliver one of the integral aspects of Hurston's work: a reconstruction of Lewis' African and Southern accents. Miles' rendition is well done, with clear, deliberate diction that places appropriate emphasis on Lewis' emotional reactions. Also included is an introduction to Hurston's work. Traditional music at transition points sets the mood of the rural South. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.

-- "AudioFile"

His story, documented by Hurston in Lewis' specific vernacular, is performed here by audiobook great Robin Miles, who not only nails the accents but strikes the exact balance between the warmth in Hurston's internal narration and the conversational eccentricities of her spoken conversations with Lewis. A new Zora Neale Hurston book is something that by definition never happens, so don't sleep on this necessary, entertaining listen.

-- "Paste Magazine (audio review)" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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From the author of the classic Their Eyes Were Watching God comes a landmark publication - a never-before-published work of the American experience.

In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston traveled to Plateau, Alabama, to visit eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis, a survivor of the Clotilda, the last slaver known to have made the transatlantic journey. Illegally brought to the United States, Cudjo was enslaved fifty years after the slave trade was outlawed.

At the time, Cudjo was the only person alive who could recount this integral part of the nation's history. As a cultural anthropologist, Hurston was eager to hear about these experiences firsthand. But the reticent elder didn't always speak when she came to visit. Sometimes he would tend his garden, repair his fence, or appear lost in his thoughts.

Hurston persisted, though, and during an intense three-month period, she and Cudjo communed over her gifts of peaches and watermelon, and gradually Cudjo, a poetic storyteller, began to share heartrending memories of his childhood in Africa; the attack by female warriors who slaughtered his townspeople; the horrors of being captured and held in the barracoons of Ouidah for selection by American traders; the harrowing ordeal of the Middle Passage aboard the Clotilda as "cargo" with more than one hundred other souls; the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War; and finally his role in the founding of Africatown.

Barracoon employs Hurston's skills as both an anthropologist and a writer, and brings to life Cudjo's singular voice, in his vernacular, in a poignant, powerful tribute to the disremembered and the unaccounted. This profound work is an invaluable contribution to our history and culture.

--NPR --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • Publication Date : May 8, 2018
  • Publisher : Amistad; Reprint Edition (May 8, 2018)
  • File Size : 7302 KB
  • Print Length : 210 pages
  • ASIN : B071YRWK84
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0008297665
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 1,994 ratings