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The Long Way Home Paperback – September 15, 2016
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"Kevin Bannister's 'The Long Way Home' is a novel that grabs your attention from the start and keeps you riveted to the last word." -Dr. Daniel N. Paul, C.M., O.N.S., LLD, DLIT, Mi'kmaq eldering, author of 'We Were Not The Savages, ' Order of Canada recipient, journalist and lecturer, www.danielpaul.com.
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This is an inspiring story of courage, determination and perseverance. I was immediately intrigued by Thomas and Murphy's characters as well as the setting. I have not read much at all about slavery before or during the War of Independence and have not read anything about the runaway slaves who fought for the British during the War. The unique characters shed a different light on slaves for the time period; both men were educated and Thomas came from a family that had owned slaves, which gave him a shifting outlook on life. I enjoyed learning about the real regiment that Thomas and Murphy originally joined, Lord Dunmore's Ethiopian Regiment, I had no idea that so many former slaves fought in the war of independence and had a major impact for the British. The men's outlook on life was what impressed me the most, the entire story encompasses the struggle for freedom; even when Thomas and Murphy were fighting for the British, they knew that no matter what side won, they might still be slaves in the end, but, they were willing since it meant they were fighting as free men. This also showed their willingness and inspiration, Thomas and Murphy knew they were fighting for the future; even if they still ended up slaves, their actions now might make things better for future generations. The writing presented an honest, gritty and realistic image and war and what people went through. These men did not have easy lives, from slavery, to war and even after, when they were promised land in Canada. the realities of Thomas and Murphy's struggles and hopes are presented sensibly. Overall, an eye-opening read about two amazing men during the War of Independence.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
We all know how the war resolved so our heroes went North to Nova Scotia with promises of land and freedom. They get there and as one can expect all is not as was promised but they work to do they best they can with the hand they’ve been dealt. There are many other runaway (former) slaves in their colony and not all do as well. Soon it is apparent that they will have to leave if they want any kind of a real life – but the people have gotten used to the cheap labor they have been providing and realize if they all go life will become more expensive for the business owners if they have to pay white workers more money for the same job. Will all end well for our heroes?
I learned a bit while reading this book. I was unaware that the British had offered freedom to slaves to get them to fight on their side. I have not read many books about the Revolutionary War and as with any book about war they are not easy to read in parts because humans can be pretty nasty creatures.
This book was an interesting read and obviously well researched. I find it hard to say it was easy to read because of the subject matter but the book was well written so it kept me turning the pages even when I didn’t want to know what was next. If that makes sense – I just don’t like evil people.
I received a free copy for my honest review
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