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Freeman Walker by [Cates, David Allen]

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In his disappointing third novel, Cates writes an implausible story from the viewpoint of a freed slave named Jimmy Gates. Jimmy (who later changes his name to Freeman Walker), the son of a slave and her master, receives his freedom papers and a copy of the Declaration of Independence (both recurring symbols) from his father before being sent away to a British boarding school. He quickly assimilates with his white classmates and teachers, but after his father drowns while crossing the Atlantic to visit, Jimmy leaves school and finds work making horse saddles. Nearing adulthood, he returns to the U.S. just as the Civil War begins. After deciding he does not want to be a soldier, he sets off for the gold mines of the American West. Unfortunately, Cates misses the grand picaresque possibilities, and the novel grows frustratingly diffuse as Jimmy becomes less an intriguing guide and more a caricature. (Oct.)
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*Starred Review* Son of a female slave and her master, Jimmy Gates was born with one brown eye and one green. His owner-father frees him by sending him to an English boarding school with a copy of the Declaration of Independence and these truths: we all suffer, we are all going to die, we are not in control, we are all free, we do not live for ourselves. Jimmy, who eventually renames himself Freeman Walker, will spend the rest of his life pondering those words. His appearance and his uncanny ability at imitation give him options on how to identify himself and access to information on both sides of the racial divide. He is oddly detached and experiences multiple lives: slavery in Virginia, freedom in an English boarding school, poverty in a saddlery on the busy streets of London after his father dies, an enslaved wanderer in the war fields of the American South, and a freeman journeying westward to the gold mines of California. Cates, author of X Out of Wonderland (2005), offers incredibly finely drawn characters, in even the swiftest of encounters, revealing their vulnerabilities as well as Freeman Walker’s. --Vanessa Bush

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  • File Size: 797 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Unbridled Books (October 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060LTKRW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,557,838 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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