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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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Editorial Reviews

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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.

About the Author

Zora Neale Hurston was a novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist. She was the author of four novels (Jonah's Gourd Vine, 1934; Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937; Moses, Man of the Mountain, 1939; and Seraph on the Suwanee, 1948); two books of folklore (Mules and Men, 1935; and Tell My Horse, 1938); an autobiography (Dust Tracks on a Road, 1942); and more than fifty short stories, essays, and plays. She attended Howard University, Barnard College, and Columbia University, and graduated from Barnard College in 1927. She was born on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, and grew up in Eatonville, Florida. She died in Fort Pierce, Florida, in 1960. In 1973, Alice Walker had a headstone placed at Hurston's grave site with this epitaph: Zora Neale Hurston: A Genius of the South.



Deborah G. Plant is an African American literature and Africana studies scholar and literary critic whose special interest is the life and works of Zora Neale Hurston.



Robin Miles, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, an Audie Award for directing, and many Earphones Awards. Her film and television acting credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic's Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors' unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in theater studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.

--This text refers to the audioCD edition.

Product details

  • Publication Date : May 8, 2018
  • ASIN : B071YRWK84
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Print Length : 210 pages
  • File Size : 7302 KB
  • Publisher : Amistad; Reprint Edition (May 8, 2018)
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0008297665
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 1,960 ratings